Have you ever been to a wedding, baby shower or other party and had those deliciously creamy mints that are in all sorts of different shapes?? Sometimes they even come in many different flavors. I'm here to tell you that they are super easy to make and I'm going to give you a no-fail recipe with some tips that I learned along the way... Please read all the directions before starting this recipe! :)
Things You Will Need
2 oz cream cheese (Softened to room temp)
1/8 tsp. flavor (I use the LorAnn Gourmet flavors that come in every imaginable flavor!!)
1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
Food coloring (optional)
Granulated sugar (there is no measurement for this, it's just for dipping the mint dough in so it doesn't stick to the mold!)
Rubber/silicone candy molds (you can skip this if you don't want to do this or can't find any in your area - I'll explain more later!)
In a large bowl mash the cream cheese. I usually just buy the 8 oz brick of this and seperate it into 4 equal batches so I can have 4 colors/flavors!! Add the flavoring and coloring until the color is where you want it. (Note: the powdered sugar will lighten this mixture so keep that in mind!) Don't trust the flavor of the mix at this point - wait until the powd sugar is mixed in and then you can taste it!!
NOTE: The actual process of "molding" the candy is quite time consuming if you use the whole 8 oz so only add add the powdered sugar to the mix that you're going to be able to finish at this point. I did two batches on the night that I made them and refrigerated the other two mixtures (covered with cling wrap) overnight and finished the next evening!
Mix in the powdered sugar with your hands until it reaches the consistency of pie dough. This will get your hands VERY STICKY to start with so make sure that you're not wearing any rings or bracelets or you will be cleaning them later with a toothpick and toothbrush! :) Before you start kneading the mixture, have about another 2/3 cup of powdered sugar measured out in case you need to add more for the correct consistency. I found that it was a different amount each time but just keep adding it until the dough is no longer sticking to your hands!!! I was tempted to wash the sticky dough off my hands because I thought I had made a mistake, but just keep adding the powdered sugar until it's right!
Take a small amount of the dough and press it lightly into each mold and then remove it. This is just to get some of the oils from the cream cheese into the molds so the candy is easier to remove. Make a small ball of dough and dip one side of it into the granulated sugar. Press this into the mold and remove any excess dough. Flip the mold over and gently press on back of mold and the candy should come out easily onto a sheet of wax paper. If they don't you will need to oil them again with the dough and maybe get more sugar on your dough before pressing it in. Let these sit out overnight or until dry/firm. If letting them sit overnight, lay another sheet of wax paper over the top to prevent anything from getting on your mints!
IF YOU DON'T HAVE OR WANT TO USE MOLDS!!! You can make small balls of this and then use the tines of a fork to press the candy down so there are lines in it and the dough is flattened. If you don't flatten this candy, it won't dry enough and it will be messy!
Once they are dry, you can put them in an airtight container and layer them with sheets of wax paper between the layers. They can then be refrigerated for up to a week before use or frozen for up to a month before!!
I have made these in strawberry, cotton candy, cinnamon, and creme de menthe and they were all great! My favorite was the strawberry and the mint. I would recommend pairing colors and flavors in a practical manner so that people have an easier time knowing which is which. Like making the mint green, the strawberry pink and the cinnamon red! Have fun with these - they are super easy and everyone loves these!! Let me know what flavors you've used and how they worked out!