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Pinwheel Mints Recipe
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Pinwheel Mints Recipe

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Both my grandmother and my mom used to make these eye-catching confections as a replacement for ordinary mints. When I offer them at parties, guests tell me the mints are wonderful, and then ask how I created the pretty swirl pattern. —Marilou Roth, Milford, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 7-1/2 to 8-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Red and green food coloring
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and extract until smooth. Gradually beat in as much confectioners' sugar as possible.
  2. Turn onto a work surface dusted with confectioners' sugar; knead in remaining confectioners' sugar until smooth and sugar is absorbed (mixture will be stiff). Divide mixture in half. Using food coloring, tint one portion pink and the other portion light green, kneading until blended.
  3. Divide each portion in half; shape each half into a 10-in. log to make two pink logs and two green logs. Place one log on a 12-in. piece of waxed paper lightly dusted with confectioners' sugar. Flatten log slightly; cover with a second piece of waxed paper. Roll out candy mixture into a 12-in. x 5-in. rectangle. Repeat with remaining logs.
  4. Remove top sheet of waxed paper from one pink and one green rectangle. Place one rectangle over the other. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Wrap in waxed paper; twist ends. Repeat with remaining rectangles. Chill overnight.
  5. To serve, cut candy into 1/2-in. slices. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Pinwheel Mints in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2006, p67

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"I've made cream cheese mints like these many times, but never the pinwheel style. Will give it a try soon. Also, they're delicious as other flavors. I've personally made them orange, lemon, lime and strawberry in the past as well as the mint. Just color according to the flavor you choose."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"actually I wouldn't even give them one star. threw them in the garbage. my niece took a bite and spit it out."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"Yum. Tweaked using molded mints recipe...use half the cream cheese, 1/2 t. vanilla, 3/4t. flavoring, coloring (mix until smooth) and one box confectioners sugar...a little at a time until incorporated. Use concentrated paste icing color (doesn't alter mixture consistency when making deeper colors)."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"this is a good recipe for cream mints. you could use any color combo to make for any holiday. just use candy coloring as regular will make the recipe off"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"We've used this base recipe in our family for years. They are so good. You can easily change the flavoring up on them too. YUMM! The pinwheel design can be hard to make, which is the only reason this recipe doesn't get 5 stars from me."

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