Ever since I was little I have always loved eating Smooth 'N Melty Mints at the holidays. My mom always has a box of them handy and I could never help but eat all of them. I don't know what it is about them that I like so much but I think it makes sense considering I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.
When I came across a recipe for Cream Cheese Mints by Trish from MomonTimeout I was extremely intrigued. If I could replicate these mints it would mean I could eat as many as I want all year long! I figured that the recipe would be difficult but it actually only requires 5 ingredients (which is awesome)! This is what Trish calls for you to use:
8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 lbs powdered sugar
1 - 2 tsp mint extract
Gel food coloring
1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling
Now. I made a grave mistake when I was trying out this recipe and I tried to make a half batch. DON'T TRY TO DO THIS AT HOME KIDS. Overall, my mints turned out well but I ended up adjusting a lot of the proportions, adding a little bit here, a little bit there. My advice to you would just be to follow Trish's recipe so that your mints turn out as hers did.
I tried to follow Trish's recipe with my half batch proportions but I think I underestimated how much powdered sugar I would need and my mixture ended up a little bit runny.
If this happens you can just add more powdered sugar to your mix or you can do what I did and pipe out your mints with a piping bag rather than rolling them as Trish does.
One adjustment that I made to my recipe that I would recommend is to add more than 2 drops of mint extract. I ended up adding 5 or 6 drops and I still found mine to be quite subtle in mint flavor. This could be because I used an extract that was not as strong as the one Trish uses or it could be that I really like mint.
Overall, I think these mints are a super fun idea for the holidays and this recipe is definitely very kid-friendly, your whole family will enjoy picking out their favorite color! If I make these mints again I will add more icing sugar to make sure I get that perfect texture.