Are you throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party or other Irish-themed event?
Then you need to make these shamrock mints!
They’re easy to make.
And they’re extremely cheap to make! (Less than $5 for a huge batch! We’re talking 100+ mints.)
What Are Shamrock Mints?
These shamrock mints have a base of cream cheese and powdered sugar.
They are flavored with peppermint oil, and colored with green food coloring.
If you’ve never had cream cheese mints before, it’s similar to cream cheese frosting. But they taste like mints, and they’re solid in texture. (Just make them and find out for yourself!)
See this post on old-fashioned cream cheese mints.
How To Make Shamrock Mints
These mints are super easy to make! Here’s the process, in a nutshell:
- Mix up the mint ingredients (cream cheese, powdered sugar, food coloring and food flavoring)
- Take a marble-sized amount of the mixture, roll in a ball, and roll in granulated sugar
- Press the ball of dough into the mint mold and carefully remove
Where To Find Mint Molds
Rubber mint molds are ideal for making these mints.
I find rubber mint molds at a party supply store. They come in many different designs:
Here are a couple of recommendations on Amazon:
- Best option: Spring mint mold set of 4 (including a shamrock)
- Other option: Bite-sized shamrock chocolate mold
There are so many mint mold shapes out there, from flowers to hearts to Christmas trees to a cross. Start stocking up so you can make mints for every occasion!
(If you want to make cream cheese mints but don’t have mint molds, check out 4 alternative ways to make cream cheese mints).
- 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2-pound bag of powdered/confectioners sugar (you may not need the whole bag)
- Green food coloring
- Peppermint food flavoring
- Granulated sugar, for coating mints
- Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, start adding powdered sugar until you reach the consistency of play dough. This will probably be slightly less than a 2-pound bag of powdered sugar. If the dough is sticky at all, keep adding powdered sugar.
- Add a drop or two of food coloring and mix to incorporate. Add more, if needed, to achieve desired green color.
- Add a couple of drops of peppermint and mix to incorporate.
- To make mints, take a marble-sized portion of dough, roll it in granulated sugar, and press into a mint mold. Remove mint by inverting the mint mold. The mint should pop right out. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in fridge until ready to serve.