Must Make Mints

Homemade Mint Candy

Romantic Chocolate Kiss MintsAs though I didn’t eat enough sugars and fats over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had to make these the other day. I wanted to try them out to see if they might make a decent gift for folks that maybe I don’t need to give a gift, but might want to. They were super easy to make and honestly – well worth the caloric intake. Everyone who tried them kept trying them.

Also, the The Chocolate Kiss Mints were a big hit. Uses the same recipe as below with a different technique. Click on the image to see another way to make this little mouthful of fabulous. Perfect for romantic celebrations like weddings and bridal showers.

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Must Make Mints
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  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 pound box powdered sugar
  • ⅛ – ¼ tsp. oil of peppermint
  • food coloring (I used two drops of green, and one yellow)
  1. Mix all the ingredients to together in a bowl, adding the amount of peppermint to suit your taste. Knead together until smooth.
  2. Roll about ½ teaspoon of the "dough" into a ball.
  3. Lay the balls on a cookie tray lined with wax paper.
  4. Continue making balls until all the dough is used up.
  5. Let mints air dry, flipping them over intermittently to encourage even drying.
  6. The mints will be dry on the outside but still soft on the inside.
Typically yields 60-70 mints. This recipe can be mixed in a stand mixer. I sifted the powdered sugar and it made for smoother texture.

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59 Responses to “Must Make Mints”
  1. Joanna Nerew

    These are so good and easy. Made them over the weekned. The family ate most of them and I took what was left to work. Everyone loved them.

  2. Christie Myers

    I have not tried these…yet. I’m making them for St. Patty’s Day. I do want to know if they need refrigeration after they are made? And roughly how many days do they last? So excited about making them! I’ll update a comment based on how they turn out. :-)

    • Christine

      Haha! They never seem to last long enough around here to require refrigeration – we keep them in a jar. And they’re going in a day or two. But if you’re going to keep them several days, it would be best in the refrigerator, as they are cream cheese based. If you make them well in advance they also freeze well. Put them in storage containers in layers with sheets of wax paper between them.

      Yes please Christie, let us know how yours are – with photos too if you take any! (And Happy St. Patty’s Day!)

  3. Christie

    This is an update. I made these delicious little goodies for St. Patrick’s Day. I added a little extra food coloring to make them shamrock green. Can I just say these easy little mints are absolutely and addictively mouth watering? Wow! We had these gobbled up in no time. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christine

      Wonderful idea to make them for St. Patty’s! I might have to do that next year too!

  4. Bev

    So I’m just wanting to double check on the pressing part of the recipe… Are you rolling out all the balls and then pressing or are you pressing each one as you go? They look wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

    • Christine

      When I make them I roll them all and then press them all – like a production line. There’s less “dilly-dallying” that way as my grandmother would say :)

      But there are no rules.

      • Teresa Shere

        You omitted the step of pressing the mints at all in the recipe–I think you need to add this!! Us practiced cooks could just figure this out–but a beginner—oops!

        • Christine

          Eek! You’re right Teresa. Thanks for catching that. We fixed it.

  5. 04.07.2013

    Do you need to use oil of peppermint or will peppermint extract work the same? Thanks.

    • Christine

      No oil? No problem. Peppermint extract will work. It’s not as potent as oil so you will probably want to add more extract. Maybe use a 1/2 teaspoon of extract to start and see how you like the flavor. If you want, add a little more in small amounts, making sure to blend the candy mix very well after each addition.

  6. Brianna

    How many mints does this recipe make approximately?

    • Christine

      Sorry – I thought we included the yield. I just added it.

      At approximately 1/2 teaspoon per mint you should be able to roll as many as 70, but we usually wind up with high 50s – mid 60s.

  7. Jess

    How do you make the design

    • Christine

      After rolling the dough into a ball, press it down gently with the prongs of a fork. Easy as that.

  8. Taylor

    I haven’t tried these yet, but gosh do they look good. I’m planning on making them for my wedding, how long will they store safely for?

    • Christine

      They will last up to a week no problem and can also be frozen and defrosted the day of your event!

  9. Diane Sirek

    Sorry, I’m a little confused–is it 1/2 tsp size ball, as it says in the recipe, or is it 1 tsp as you reply to Brianna in the comments above ?

    • Christine

      Oops. My previous comment should have said 1/2 teaspoon. Sorry for the confusion. I corrected it.

  10. 06.01.2013

    Can the powdered sugar be substituted with regular sugar?

    • Christine

      No – plain sugar wouldn’t work in this recipe.

  11. 06.01.2013

    They don’t work for me

    • Christine

      Oh no. This has always been a no-fail recipe till now. When you say they don’t work was that with the powdered sugar? Or did you try it with regular sugar as you questioned doing in your previous comment?

  12. 06.03.2013

    I tried it with the regular sugar. Sorry I was not very clear. I will definitely try these with powdered sugar when I get some.

  13. 06.03.2013

    I did not have powdered sugar and I HAD to try the mints

  14. Alyssa

    I am having trouble rolling them. do i cover my hands in flour, like i would with cookie dough? when i roll then, they just keep sticking to my hands and flatten. ive tried covering my hand in crisco and powdered sugar, and its just not working.

    • Christine

      It sounds like perhaps you need to add more sugar to the mix. Try adding a few tablespoons of sugar at a time. Knead well. The dough should be dry enough to work with and roll and shouldn’t be overly sticky. Let us know how you make out.

  15. Damaris

    Another idea in using this recipe is to leave the mint in the rolled ball, tint with orange and use a toothpick to make lines from the top to bottom to make a pumpkin. To makes the lines smooth, gently touch the toothpick to the top of the ball and lay it against the mint while rolling the ball. The lines don’t actually have to go all the way to the bottom since the mint will be sitting up. Then add a clove to the top for the stem. This looks so nice on a Thanksgiving table or even for Halloween…and is so good!

  16. Debbie

    I made your mints and then I made a second batch using red color and cinnamon instead of mint, they are wonderful. Will definately make these again, thanks for sharing.

  17. Ashley

    Did you use extract peppermint or natural peppermint oil? Extract is more diluted is why I’m asking. Just don’t want the flavor to be too weak or too strong.


  18. Deb Kehr

    I’ve made these for years. I mold them in the rubber mint molds found in cake decorating suppoy stores. The molds are plyable; sprinkle in a little granualted sugar, press in mint dough & pop out. Pretty and easy. I also flavor these with cinnamon oil.

  19. Kathy

    I just made these yesterday and they are very good. I did discover if they get to warm they do get sticky, I put a little powdered sugar on my fingers and that helped a lot while I was rolling them into balls. Plus, I put them in the freezer for a few mins before using the fork on them so it wouldn’t stick and I dipped some into colored decorator sugar to dress them up since it’s almost Christmas.

  20. Cheryl

    How long does it take for these to dry? I made a batch a couple weeks ago, left them out for well over 2 hours and they were still “squishy”; I put mine into a pastry piping bag and used a decorative flower tip to create a small swirled design…just could not get them to air dry and the only way I could handle them was to put them into the fridge and they still were very soft. I want to make more and pass out to neighbors with Christmas greetings but am having a hard time keeping them from melding together. What am I doing wrong?

  21. Rebecca

    I made mints like this as a kid but we lost the recipe when my folks moved. The other recipe had us roll out the dough onto wax paper and then use tiny cookie cutters to cut out the mints. Once I try this recipe I’m thinking of trying to do it the way I use to.

  22. 01.05.2014

    hello what cream cheese is best for this recipe? and also when you say powdered sugar is it icing sugar? xx

    • Christine

      Not sure any one brand of cream cheese is better than the other. We’ve made them with premium brands, and store brands with equal success!

  23. 01.05.2014

    oh and also whats waxed paper? can u use grease proof paper?

    • Christine

      Wax paper is a paper with a waxy surface that is water/grease proof – foods don’t cling to it.

  24. Carol

    Can these mints be put in a candy mold? I’m preparing for a bridal shower (beach wedding) and they sound delicious. Would like to make them as shells.

    • Christine

      You can use molds – they work great. Sometimes it helps to sprinkle a little powdered sugar into them to help reduce any sticking.

  25. Koike Teppi

    Hi! These look fantastic, I was just wondering about how long they take to dry? I wanted to make around 300 of them and it would be nice to know when I should start making them :) thank you so much! I will post a review when I’m done making them!

    • Christine

      They day within a day depending on your conditions. If you live in a humid climate it may take more time, and you may want to increase the amount of sugar you use.

  26. HELLO

    Hi I haven’t made these yet I’m hoping to make them for valentines day for my classmates at school… will they keep on the way to school and throughout the day? Thanks

    • Christine

      They should be fine for a few hours – we’ve left them out for a couple days – but remember they do contain cream cheese, which could under some conditions, spoil.

  27. HELLO

    thanks are they hard or soft?

  28. Laura

    I would rather not use peppermint but I do have raspberry, strawberry, and pineapple extract. Will those work instead? Great recipe though, I can’t wait to try it!

  29. Carissa

    I doubled the batch, divided it into thirds and made yellow lemon, purple mint, and pink strawberry varieties for a baby shower. They were super easy to make and came out well. Thank you!

    • Christine

      Great idea!

  30. Jackie Hanel

    We started making these in the family over 40 years ago. .. The first wedding was mine! We really like peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon and my favorite is almond flavored!!! We are making them this weekend for a couple of graduations and we have a granddaughter getting g married in September… yummy

  31. Amy

    I’m only 11 and I made these! They are really yummy and easy! ours made 135 mints guess mine were a lot smaller! I dipped them in chocolate. Great treat! Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. 11.15.2014

    I made these for my daughter’s wedding and used almond extract. They are sooooo yummy!!! You can get fancy and put them in little molds for a different shape/design..

  33. Jo

    My mother and I made these when I was a child,you can also make different flavors and colors,cinnamon was my favorite

  34. Casey Wallace

    I am a bit confused about the 1 lb (16 oz) I think I measured this wrong I put two 8 oz cups of confectionary sugar and it was no where near enough to make it come out so it wasn’t sticky. I think I am measuring incorrectly? thanks for your help.

    • Christine

      Hi Casey, you want to use a whole 1 lb. box of powdered sugar.

    • MegMagruder

      the box is a weight measurement. It is different than a volume Cup ( liquid 8 oz)

      You would need a scale if you had a big bag of powdered sugar. These are so on my list to make.

  35. Robin

    This sounds like an easy mint to make!! I am hosting a baby shower January 10, 2015 and want to know if I could put these in a candy mold, I want to use one that has pacifier and bootie molds, colors pink, white and purple.

    Thank you.

  36. Brooke

    Hi… I’m a little late to the party :) My family has been making these forever, usually 2 batches a white or light color with peppermint, then a darker color and use Maple flavoring. The maple is not too overly sweet and is nice for those that don’t like mint. And we use the mint molds but roll the balls in regular sugar then press into the molds.

    • Christine

      Great way to mix it up Brooke! We’ll have to try that too.

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