Midwestern Mints

So, not being native to the Midwest, I have been introduced to many experiences that have a cult like appreciation around here.  Polka music, fish fry’s, the beer, the Packers, you get my gist.  Sometimes I get very set in my ways when it comes to what I eat, hey I am Southern/East Cost girl what do you expect?  I like my crab cakes from Maryland (not Maryland style), dressing not stuffing at Thanksgiving and certain holiday cookies, well, because my Mom and Grandparents made them.

One request I was given by my husband when we moved to Wisconsin was to make cream cheese mints.  Needless to say, that recipe burned out my mixer and allowed me to buy my prized Kitchen-aid that Christmas (thanks babe!). So I have moved on from making them in my mixer and created an even better recipe for these Midwestern Cream Cheese Mints.

No mixer is required!  No baking is required, but a little bit of time and patience is.   Midwestern Mints LakeCountryFamilyFun.com tall

Midwestern Cream Cheese Mints

8 ounces Soft Cream Cheese 
1 Stick of Soft Butter  (unsalted)
3/4 t Pure Peppermint Extract 
2 pounds Sifted Powdered Sugar (usually this is one bag)
1/2 t Vanilla Extract
3-4 drops Red Food Coloring

Colored Sugar

Melt the cream cheese with the butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  Turn off the heat, leaving the pan on the burner, and stir in about 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, food coloring, and vanilla and peppermint extract.  Then stir in the rest of the sugar until well blended.

Line a large baking sheet with wax paper.  Gather a ball of the mix and then roll into a snake or tube and cut with a knife (you may have to reshape slightly) and dip one side into your colored sugar.  Once you have the tray full  let set 1 hour in your refrigerator.

Store between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or in the freezer up to 4 months.  Do not store at room temperature.

I hope you enjoy this taste of the Midwest!  I know that these can be placed into small molds as well to achieve a desired shape as well and are often used at weddings and baby showers! Make sure you LIKE Lake Country Family Fun on Facebook!

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