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As a kid, I distinctly remember helping my mom and Aunt Kim prepare one of my favorite treats -- Cream Cheese Mints. They're visually satisfying with the perfect level of sweetness -- each one just melts in your mouth.
Since I will be using this recipe around Christmas, I've chosen to make mine red and white, like a candy cane. With different food colors, they can be done up for just about any celebration. Specifically, I remember having these at weddings, baby showers and birthday parties!
The original cream cheese mints recipe calls for cups of powdered and granulated sugar. With a few low carb modifications, my new recipe is totally suitable for a Keto diet.
For an extra special dessert, use a candy mold with your favorite shapes. Hearts and bells were common during weddings when growing up.
For this recipe, I went the traditional route and just used the tines of a fork to flatten and mark them. If you decide to try this method, I find that using a fork dipped in erythritol works great.
Candy Cane Cream Cheese Mints
- 16 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- ½ cup butter (room temperature)
- 1½ cups powdered erythritol
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3-5 drops food coloring (optional)
- With a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
- Gradually add in 1 cup of powdered erythritol and mix until combined (be sure to reserve ½ cup for later step).
- Add peppermint extract and food coloring. Beat until color is evenly distributed.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for a minimum of one hour. This will help firm up the mints.
- After cooling in the refrigerator, use a spoon or cookie scoop to form individual servings. Place them in a bowl with the remainder of the powdered erythritol and swirl to coat. This will make them much easier to roll with minimal sticking.
- With clean hands, roll the cream cheese to form small balls. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 1-2 inches apart.
- When all balls are rolled, take a fork dipped in erythritol and apply a crosshatch design on top. Use the tines of the fork (jagged edges) to make your design.
- Refrigerate until completely cooled.
Tips for Delicious Cream Cheese Mints
- Make sure that you are using peppermint extract. I find that most other mint flavorings taste a little too much like toothpaste.
- Want to make it easy? Do everything in a food processor.
- Don't have powdered sweetener? Blitz the granular version in your food processor or blender. It mimics the texture of powdered sugar.
- When you add the powdered sugar replacement to the cream cheese & butter mixture, do it gradually. If you add it all at once, you may be left with a kitchen covered in a layer of erythrtiol.
- Another sweetener can be used, but the cooling effect of the erythritol works extremely well when paired with the peppermint extract.
- When cooling these in the refrigerator, a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or waxed paper works great!
- Planning on using candy molds? Instead of small balls, you may need to roll them at a different size. Make sure you have enough mixture to fill them.
- Keep the carb count low by using certain brands of cream cheese. They can vary from 0g to 2g carbs per serving. I usually go with the Philadelphia brand based on the flavor and 1g carb count.
- Make sure you have enough room in your refrigerator to cool -- especially if you're doing a big batch on sheet pans.
- Have you peeped the nutrition info? These are great as a fat bomb!
When all is said and done, what's more impressive than homemade mints? No one has to know how simple it was!
What's your favorite Keto dessert? Comment below!