Here is my favorite holiday or special occasion candy recipe, that for reception mints. While these luscious mints are meant for wedding receptions, they are also perfect for after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
The best thing about these mints, besides their taste, is that they are fun for children to make. When I was a child, my mother had my sister and I make these mints for holiday dinners, which helped keep us occupied and out of her way as she was busy cooking. We had a variety of flexible rubber candy molds that we could press the candy dough into to make fancy shapes, but if you don't have candy molds, the dough can instead be rolled into small balls, coils, snakes, or any other playdough-like shape and then rolled in granulated sugar.
Holiday or Reception Mints
1/4 of an 8 oz. package of cream cheese (at room temperature)
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
A few drops food coloring if desired (I don't add any, but kids like it.)
Granulated sugar for dipping
Add powdered sugar to cream cheese in a large bowl and mix well. Mix in peppermint extract and food coloring, kneading well. Add a bit more powdered sugar if the dough is sticky or add a bit more cream cheese if the dough is stiff or crumbly. Roll the cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture into small balls and dip in granulated sugar and then press into a rubber candy mold. Invert the candy mold to release the candy and place the uncovered candies in the refrigerator to harden for a few hours. Cover them lightly after the candies have become firm, and keep them stored in the refrigerator until they are served.
For chocolate mints use:
3 tsp. cocoa
1/2 tsp. vanilla