I love to make special treats for Valentine's Day. Or any holiday really. But it's gotta be easy to make, because chances are, I'm making a lot of it and my patience wears thin with anything too difficult or time-consuming. But it's still something I make with love for the people I care about and that means something. I'm a believer that anything someone took the time to make just for you, no matter how small or simple, is always a blessing. Someone thought of you and they wanted to show it! You are special and you are loved!
So these little mints are a perfect gift. Not only are they easy to make, but just a small amount of ingredients makes about 7 dozen mints! And you can change it up to any color you want. Keep them white, or add whatever color you want, depending on the occasion. And the bonus is they freeze beautifully! Creamy, minty deliciousness!
1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp. mint extract
2-3 drops red food color
4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp. milk
Note: milk and granulated sugar not pictured
Most packages of cream cheese come with the ounces marked off on the sides. For this recipe you'll need 4 ounces.
Using an electric or stand mixer, combine softened cream cheese with mint extract and food coloring. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add more food color if necessary to get it to the color you like.
Slowly begin to add powdered sugar. Keep mixer on low to keep the powdered sugar from flying everywhere.
Once you've added the powdered sugar, and your mixture isn't smooth, you'll need to add some milk. Add just one tablespoon at a time to get the right consistency.
Mixture should be smooth but very stiff. Once it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, you are good to go.
To make the mints, take about a quarter teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. You really don't want really big mints. Most folks prefer smaller, bite-sized mints. Kinda like after-dinner mints.
Then, using the palm of your hand, gently smoosh down the ball until it's flattened to about a 1/4" thick.
Then press the back of a fork lightly on the mints to form ridges. Just like when you are making peanut butter cookies.
Roll each one in sugar and then pop them in the refrigerator to cool and harden.
Once cooled, they are ready to eat! My little guy went in for a bite when I was trying to take pictures.
Store mints in the refrigerator. These freeze really well also! Makes 7 dozen.