I was surprised by how many people enjoyed eating these. Not because they're bad but because of how simple they are to make. Simple, that is, if you don't mind getting your hands messy. Seriously, seriously messy. Come to think of it, this would be a great recipe to let the kiddos help with. Kids love getting messy and, while they do, they'll also be making you a sweet treat. In business speak, it's a real win-win situation!
Okay, so now that we have the kids making these on your behalf, what makes cream cheese mints so tempting to people? Probably the butter and sugar, physiologically. But psychologically, I think it has something to do with it being, essentially, frosting that is okay to eat on its own. Mmmmm, minty cream cheese frosting. Eat up, peeps!
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Place the cream cheese, butter, and peppermint extract in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined.
- Pour the powdered sugar into the cream cheese mixture and mix with your hands until a stiff mixture has formed. If the mixture is too sticky, add another 1/2 cup to 1 cup of powdered sugar.
- Roll the mixture into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
- Let sit at room temperature for two to three hours.
- Store the mints in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Now you can pop a cream cheese mint whenever you're crazing some sweetness. Just say it's in the name of fresh breath...