Cream Cheese Mints Santa Hats

The kids will love these Cream Cheese Mints shaped like Santa hats! They make great gifts as well and are perfect for your Christmas dessert table. 

Cream Cheese Mints shaped like Santa Hats

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Cream Cheese Mints Santa Hats on cutting board

Ever since making the Cream Cheese Mints for Christmas last year, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making a shape of cream cheese mint. Because all this week we are sharing fun recipes and projects focused on Santa for the 100 Days of Homemade Holiday Inspiration, I thought these Cream Cheese Mints shaped like Santa hats would be perfect! 

A little goes a long way with this recipe – this one recipe will make close to 100 Santa hats, depending on the size you make them. Although I suggest making them really small so they hold their shape. 

Ingredients to make Cream Cheese Mints

Cream Cheese Mints

Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese – be sure it’s nice and soft
  • Powdered Sugar – often known as Confectioners Sugar
  • Red Food Coloring – gel coloring will give you a more vibrant color – so be sure it’s No Taste Red 
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Sprinkles

Kitchen Essentials Needed

  • Large Bowl
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Disposable Decorating Bag
  • Small Round Decorator Tip
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

How to Make Cream Cheese Mints

How to Make Cream Cheese Mints – Santa Hats

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until it’s nice and smooth
  2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition. I used 5 1/2 cups, you may need a little more or a little less depending on stiffness of dough
  3. Then add the peppermint extract, mix well
  4. Combine coloring until desired color, mixing well
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper 
  6. Fit the decorator tip into disposable bag, add mint dough and pipe mints into very small cone shapes. See notes below on piping
  7. Now add the sprinkle to the top of Santa’s Hat
  8. Let stand on counter to dry at least 3-4 hours, depending on size on cream cheese mints

Cream Cheese Mints on cake stand

These Santa hats were easy to make, however they did take a little practice. Here are some tips – 

#1: If you are using red coloring, be sure to use – no taste red, otherwise, the regular red coloring is very bitter.

#2: This recipe works on any shape of Cream Cheese Mints. For the Santa Hats, use a small round decorator tip. I found that the larger the hat shape, the more they spread out, so keep them really small. 

#3: If you are using more than one color, you may want to use more than one decorator tip. The decorator tip #10 fits on a coupler

#4: These Cream Cheese Mints have peppermint extract in them, but you can certainly use other flavoring if you aren’t a mint fan. I will add though, the peppermint is not overwhelming in this recipe.

#5: Drying Time – be sure you allow plenty of time for the mints to dry out. You may need to leave them overnight for them to be easier to handle. 

Cream Cheese Mints

These easy to make Cream Cheese Mints will be perfect on your Christmas dessert table! All your friends and family will love them as gifts as well!

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Cream Cheese Mints Santa Hats

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Cream Cheese Mints

Cream Cheese Mints

Yield: 100
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The kids will love these Cream Cheese Mints shaped like Santa hats! They make great gifts as well and are perfect for your Christmas dessert table.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract - or other flavoring
  • Coloring - Gel coloring works best

Instructions

    1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese about 2-3 minutes or until smooth
    2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition. I used 5 1/2 cups, you may need a little more or a little less depending on stiffness of dough
    3. Add peppermint extract, mix well
    4. Combine coloring until desired color, mixing well
    5. Add parchment paper to cookie sheet
    6. Add small round decorator tip to bag, add mint dough and pipe on mints. You can also roll the mint dough into small balls and flatten with a fork that is dipped in powdered sugar.
    7. Let stand on counter to dry at least 3-4 hours, depending on size on cream cheese mints
    8. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month, or freezer for up to 4 months

    Notes

    The yield amount will depend greatly on the size of the mints.

    For Santa hats, be sure to keep them small so they hold their shape

    This recipe can be made into any shape of cream cheese mint.

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