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Pinwheel Mints

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 candies are wonderful, and then ask how I created the pretty swirl pattern. —Marilou Roth, Milford, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and extract until smooth. Gradually beat in as much confectioners' sugar as possible.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To serve, cut candy into 1/2-in. slices. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
2 pieces : 239 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • P vinod
    Mar 25, 2018

    Lovely recipe-will try to get it made at home or will try to get it in a deli or large confectionery-thanks for the recipe-still have the taste of mint chocolates brother used to bring when coming back from the united states-mint is ethereal in taste-I view it thus

  • dflack628
    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.

  • puffybloomers
    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.

  • nanamtns
    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).

  • shortbreadlover
    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

  • randcbruns
    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.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 31, 2013

    These taste like the inside of a peppermint patty. I had to add 3 tablespoons of water to be able to knead it all together. I also cut it into 1/4 inch slices, not 1/2 inch slices.

  • aicenhour
    Dec 31, 2013

    These were a little tricky, but pinwheel cookies are a little difficult for me as well. I am hosting a baby shower soon and was looking for something different to make. These are perfect. I can already see different color combinations to match occasions!

  • spiker1
    Nov 5, 2013

    Yummy. Yummy. Yummy!!!

  • hometeach5
    Sep 28, 2010

    Good, but were really rich and used a lot of powdered sugar