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Christmas Peppermint Patties – 4 Ingredients – So Easy

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Christmas Peppermint Patties are always such a huge hit with everyone! These easy cream cheese mints are so pretty and delicious for Holiday parties. I could eat a whole bowl of these if I am not careful.

These are a fun addition to a Christmas cookie tray. You might want to also try our popular Peanut Butter Balls, Gingerbread Oreo Truffles, and Red Velvet Christmas Cookies.


Christmas Peppermint Patties

Christmas Peppermint Patties

If you enjoy York Peppermint Patties, these taste ever better! The flavor is awesome and the inside is softer and creamier.

The dough is made with just 4-ingredients.  We use just a few drops of peppermint extract, but you can adjust to your taste.  You can go with all white or separate the dough and add color. Roll into balls, roll into sugar, then flatten with a fork- that’s it! So easy and delicious!

Ingredients you will need:

  • cream cheese
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • peppermint extract
  • salted butter
  • red and green gel food coloring

These are such a great idea for parties and you can use any colors for whatever Holiday. These also make adorable Christmas gifts. Package the peppermint patties in a decorative tin can or large mason jar.

Christmas Peppermint Patties

Do Cream Cheese Mints need to be Refrigerated?

Yes.  We store these Mints in a airtight container in the refrigerator. Look at the expiration date on the cream cheese to see how long they will last. These mints freeze beautifully in an airtight container.

Christmas Cream Cheese Mints

Tips for Peppermint Patty Recipe:

  • You can dip the patties in melted milk, dark or white chocolate if you prefer. However, we like these just the way they are.
  • We like to use gel food coloring for this recipe. This keeps the dough from getting too sticky.
  • Add sprinkles to the mix for a festive look!

Christmas Cream Cheese Mints

Christmas Peppermint Patties

Christmas Peppermint Patties

Published By Jill
Christmas Peppermint Patties are always such a huge hit with everyone! These easy cream cheese mints are so pretty for Holiday parties. I could eat a whole bowl of these if I am not careful. 

5 from 34 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course candy
Cuisine American
Servings 80 mints


  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp salted butter softened
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar plus additional for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • red and green gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • With an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter and peppermint extract.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix on low speed just until combined.
  • Dust a non-stick surface with additional powdered sugar.
  • Divide evenly in 4 even pieces. Add a few drops of desired food coloring into each of the peppermint mixtures.
  • Roll each color into a 20-inch rope. Cut into even 20 even pieces. Dust with additional powered sugar between batches to prevent sticking. Roll each cut piece into a ball then roll into the granulated (if desired). Press the center with a fork dipped in powdered sugar (like you would a peanut butter cookie).
  • Leave on a wax paper lined baking sheet for 2 hours or until dry. Store chilled with wax paper between layers.
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Can these be pressed out of a cookie press…would made pretty shapes.

I think the batter is way to sticky for a cookie press… just my opinion

I rolled the dough and pressed out tiny stars then sprinkled with colored sugar so pretty and festive, I did need to put cutter in powered sugar about every 3 stars, mixture made about 200 stars

These are so fun, festive and easy! Thanks!

Can you skip the granulated sugar part?5 stars

Can peppermint essential oil be used in place of the extract? If so how much?

I was wondering the same thing and I googled to see it would work. It is 1/4 teaspoon EO to 1 teaspoon extract. I have not tried it but that is the recommendation.

Can you use a low fat cream cheese?

Is there anyway to substitute cream cheese for something else? I am lactose intolerant but I love this idea!

They make lactose free cream cheese. And vegan cream cheese. The lactose free would work because it’s the same texture. The vegan cream cheese would be an experiment!

Looks interesting going to try them this holiday season 5 stars

I love those peppermint candies I used to buy them at Lazarus Downtown Candy counter.5 stars

THANK YOU5 stars

Sounds like a good candy.

My pattys never seemed to get firm enough,but they tasted delicious.

I know they’d never be as good, but is there a sugar substitute that can be used for the confectioners sugar? We have a family full of diabetics.

I am a diabetic, is there a keto version?

Easy to make, taste great, store very well in the fridge. Just one note…mine took almost twice as much powered sugar as shown to make them not sticky. Still love the recipe and plan to make more for the holiday!5 stars

Has anyone tried these with cinnamon extract/oil in place of the peppermint?

Are you able to use the essential peppermint oil in these? Also unsalted butter? Thank you. Sharon

My aunt used to make these every Christmas and I totally forgot about them until I saw this post! I love this recipe
Such a amazing idea! Not only do they look delicious but also easy to make, gotta make these!
Thanks for sharing! 5 stars

I remember that I was not eating peppermint patties, but the last month at a friend’s house when I tried I liked it and that’s the only reason today I am here in the quest of its recipe. 

I used to make these candies as a kid and did not remember how…now I know again! Thank you! we used all types of flavors in addition to peppermint; orange, lemon, almond….whatever we had! (not all at once, of course! ) they were yummy

I’ve made mints before for a wedding, so much fun! This would be neat to make for Christmas, or any holiday


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