If you are looking for an easy, no bake recipe to make this Christmas, make Christmas Mints. They are soft, buttery and only require a few ingredients.

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These Christmas Cream Cheese Mints are bright and colorful and the perfect addition to your holiday season. These old-fashioned cream cheese mints are made with simple ingredients and the perfect no bake treat. They are also an easy gluten free Christmas dessert.

Christmas Peppermint Patties are delicious and the perfect treat to make this holiday. They are creamy, buttery and flavorful. These melt in your mouth mints are always a crowd favorite.

Make sure to check out all of our Christmas Dessert Recipes to celebrate this holiday season.

Why We Love this Homemade Christmas Mints Recipe:

  • Easy Ingredients – This recipe is made with simple pantry ingredients.
  • Simple Process – This no bake treat is quick and easy. If you need a last minute treat idea, this is the one to make.
  • Holiday Treat – These mints are perfect for all your holiday plans. They look great on a charcuterie board or added to any dessert tray.
  • Gift Idea – If you are looking for a homemade gift idea, add these mints with some other bake goods. Perfect friends, family, neighbors and kids teachers.
Ingredients needed - cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, peppermint extract, gel food coloring, sugar

Ingredients:

  • Cream Cheese Softened at room temperature
  • Butter Softened
  • Powdered Sugar sifted
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Red and Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Granulated Sugar for rolling the mints

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Substitutions and Additions:

  • Change Colors – These mint treats are perfect for any occasion. Change the color to serve for Easter, bridal showers, weddings or baby shower. Everyone loves the soft and buttery taste.
  • Extract – Instead of using peppermint extract you can use mint extract or other flavors of extract. Such as vanilla extract or almond extract.
  • Sprinkles – Top the butter mints with sprinkles for a fun and festive twist on these super easy mints.
  • Dip Mints – To make these similar to Peppermint Patties, dip the mints in melted chocolate. You can use milk chocolate or white chocolate.

How to Make Christmas Mint Candy Recipe:

Bearing the butter and cream cheese together with a hand mixer

Step 1 – Cream butter and cream cheese – Cream together the cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer. You can also use bowl of a stand mixer until smooth and creamy.

Adding powdered sugar to dough to the right consistency

Step 2 – Mix in Powdered Sugar – Add in 1 cup of the powdered sugar.  Mix together until well combined.

  • Step 3 – Add in Peppermint Extract – Mix in the teaspoon peppermint extract.
  • Step 4 – Add in Powdered Sugar – Then place the mixer on low and gradually add in the remaining powdered sugar. Add in 1 cup at a time. Scraping down the sides of the bowl after each cup is added in.
  • Step 5 – Continue adding – Continue until all the powdered sugar has been added.  The dough should be thick (play-dough like consistency) and not sticky. 
  • Step 6 – Add in more – If the dough is still sticky and not thick enough add in more powdered sugar.
Dividing red, green, and white dough into the three bowls

Step 7 – Divide Dough – Divide the dough into 3 separate bowls.  Add the red food coloring to one bowl, the green to another and then one white. Mix well until you reach the desired colors. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 2 hours.

Rolling the red, green, and white dough into balls and pressed with a fork on a baking sheet

Step 8 – Next, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper.  Roll the dough in between your palms to form approximately 1 inch balls. Then place the balls on the baking sheets.

  • Step 10 – Press the Mints – Dip the tongs of a fork in the ½ cup granulated sugar. Then gently press the fork down onto each mint to flatten them out and make a line pattern on the mints. 
  • Step 11 – Continue Pressing – Follow this process until all the mints are formed. Keep dipping the fork in the powdered sugar when forming the mints.
  • Step 12 – Allow Mints to Hardened – Then allow the mints to sit at room temperature until they have fully hardened (about 4-6 hours). They should be hard on the outside and soft on the inside.
  • Step 13 – Store – Store in an airtight container in single layers with a sheet of wax paper between each layer. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Tips:

  • Food Coloring – For the best color results, make sure to gel food coloring.
  • Powdered Sugar – Continue adding in powdered sugar to get the correct consistency. You do not want the mixture to be sticky or stiff.
  • Dip Fork – To prevent the fork from sticking to the mints, we recommend dipping it in to sugar first.
  • Divide Dough – To create three different colors of mints, divide the dough into 3 separate bowls. If you are using more food coloring, you can divide the dough again.
  • Harden Mints – It will take about 4 to 6 hours for the mints to harden. Allow them to rest for this long for best results. The mints will be hard on the outside and soft in the center.
  • Make ahead – This is the perfect treat to prepare ahead of time as they store so well.

How to Store:

These Christmas Mints store so well, so they are great to make ahead of time. Make sure to store in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 2 weeks. I recommend placing the mints in single layers with a sheet of wax paper between each layer.

Allow the mints to sit at room temperature before serving. This will give them time to soften.

Christmas Mints in a bowl

Can you Freeze Christmas Mints?

If you want to get a start on your holiday planning, these Christmas Mints can be placed in the freezer. Store in a freezer safe container in a single layer. Place a piece of wax paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking.

When you are ready to serve, allow them to thaw at room temperature.

Christmas Mints scattered

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to use a Mint Molds?

Yes, you can use a mold to make these Homemade Mints. Make sure to sprinkle with powdered sugar prior to adding the dough. This will allow you to easily pop them out of the mold.

What is the best Food Coloring to use?

For the most vibrant colors, we recommend using gel food coloring. Regular food coloring is watered down which could dilute the mixture.

How Long will Christmas Mints last?

If stored properly these Christmas Mints will last about 2 weeks.

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Christmas Mints

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If you are looking for an easy, no bake recipe to make this Christmas, make Christmas Mints. They are soft, buttery and only require a few ingredients.
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
ALLOW MINTS TO SIT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE TIL HARDENED 4 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 580

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese Softened at room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp Butter Softened
  • 9 cups Powdered Sugar sifted
  • 2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Red and Green Gel Food Coloring
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar for rolling the mints
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Instructions

  • Cream together the cream cheese and butter with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in 1 cup of the powdered sugar.  Mix together until well combined.
  • Mix in the peppermint extract.
  • Then place the mixer on low and gradually add in the remaining powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each cup is added in.
  • Continue until all the powdered sugar has been added.  The dough should be thick (play-dough like consistency) and not sticky.
  • If the dough is still sticky and not thick enough add in more powdered sugar.
  • Divide the dough into 3 separate bowls.  Add the red food coloring to one bowl, the green to another and then one white and mix well until you reach the desired colors.
  • Cover and refrigerate the dough for 2 hours.
  • Next, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper.  Roll the dough in between your palms to form approximately 1 inch balls. Then place the balls on the baking sheets.
  • Dip the tongs of a fork in the ½ cup granulated sugar and then gently press the fork down onto each mint to flatten them out and make a line pattern on the mints.
  • Follow this process until all the mints are formed and keep dipping the fork in the powdered sugar when forming the mints.
  • Then allow the mints to sit at room temperature until they have fully hardened (about 4-6 hours). They should be hard on the outside and soft on the inside.
  • Store in an airtight container in single layers with a sheet of wax paper between each layer in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 580kcal, Carbohydrates 119g, Protein 1g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 110mg, Potassium 35mg, Sugar 117g, Vitamin A 445IU, Calcium 25mg, Iron 0.1mg

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