I make these every year for my holiday cookie trays. They are easy and fun to make. You don’t need to make very many. Just a few mints look great on a tray or by themselves. Trade them at a cookie parties or give them as gifts.
• 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
• ¼ c. soft butter
• 2 boxes powdered sugar 2 lb. (plus 1 box on hand for rolling)
• Food coloring (Try the gels if you haven’t yet. You can control color intensity better than with liquids.)
• Various extract flavors of your choice.
Combine cream cheese and butter in heavy pan. Stir over low heat until cheese to soft, butter melted and mixture blended. Add in powdered sugar. Divide mint dough into small bowls, each of which you will add color and flavor. Here’s what I like: green for mint, pink for almond, yellow for lemon. Any flavor works well with this mixture so go crazy; rum, anise, orange – whatever. Mix each with spoon. Use separate utensil for each one – don’t transfer color and flavor from bowl to bowl by using the same spoon.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment. Work the dough, one bowl at the time, by first rolling into small balls about one inch. If it’s too sticky, mix in a little more powdered sugar. Use a cookie stamp or whatever you like to press each ball into your desired round. Dust your stamp in powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Let dry on the cookie sheets for a couple days before removing. I turned mine over to dry on other side. I dry them under a clean dish or wax paper.
Tip: I roll a few candies and lay them out before I start to stamp, but don’t wait too long or the drying edges will crack when you stamp them.
Arrange a few into a small box for colorful treat. Tip: plan and adjust the size of your mints to fix whatever gift box you want to use. Or add several to a plate of holiday cookies. Tie on your My Own Labels gift tag and label.