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Cream Cheese Mint Roses

Quick and simple cream cheese mint roses is a stunning candy that is perfect for special events and everyday sweets.

Red and white cream cheese mint roses on a small white platter.

Cream Cheese Mint Rose Candies

I love, love, LOVE minty desserts. I’ll take a York Peppermint Patty over a Snickers any day. So, when I was thinking of something to add to the Mint Roll Cake, cream cheese mints came to mind.

As I was researching ideas I was ready to just make some patties and call it done. However, I was going through my plastic molds and found a little rose mold and thought this would be so pretty and feminine for a girly cake!

Little rose cream cheese candies in a glass serving bowl.

I just love the look of the roses, don’t you?

The above roses were made in an individual silicone mold that I got from a cake popper friend. The larger plastic rose candy mold got 15 done at a time and was so much faster and easier to work with.

Ombre Roses

Once the mixture was made, I started with simply white cream cheese mint roses.

Second, add 1 drop of red food coloring to the cream cheese mixture to make the light pink roses. Third, add one more drop of red to make the cream cheese a little bit darker and make the next set of roses. Finally, add one last drop of food coloring to make the red roses.

It’s so easy and I totally love the ombre look of them!

Simply beautiful! Love it!!

I was snacking on these so much! I just could not get enough.

Seriously! I would pop two to three mints when walking past the fridge. They are dangerous and they are so easy to just pick up and pop into your mouth. Beware!

Only make these if you have a lot of people to come and eat them for you. Or give them away. 

Wouldn’t these look just beautiful for a wedding shower ore reception? Make them for a baby shower is coordinated colors to match the theme. Toss a few on to the Christmas cookie platter for a fun pop of color and flavor! There are so many molds out there, that I’m sure you’ll find one that is perfect for you!

This recipe is part two of a three-part series including Mint Chip Ice Cream and Mint Chocolate Roll Cake.

A collage image of the cream cheese mints with text.

Cream Cheese Mint Candies

Cream Cheese Mint Candies

Cream Cheese Mints are so pretty when they look like roses! The ombre coloring doesn’t hurt either.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • red food coloring
  • granulated sugar for coating


    1. In a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese with a paddle attachment until smooth. Turn the mixer off and add the powdered sugar. Drape a towel over the mixer and hold at the edges then turn the mixer on to the lowest setting. The towel will help keep the sugar INSIDE the mixer and not all over you and your counter. Add the extract and beat until combined.
    2. If using the molds, measure out a 1/2 teaspoon, roll smooth in your palms, then roll it in the granulated sugar. Press into the rose mold. Make 15 white roses. Flip the mold over and start another batch.
    3. Add 2 drops of red food coloring and mix. I mixed it by hand, but you can return it to the mixer. Make another 15 light pink roses.
    4. Add 2 more drops of red food coloring, mix and make 15 pink roses.
    5. Add 2 more drops of red food coloring, mix and make 15 dark pink roses.
    6. Leave the roses alone for the night. Cover them and place them in the fridge until ready to serve.
    7. I found that I liked them best right out of the fridge. They were more minty cold, versus more cream cheesy warm.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 0g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


    Thursday 18th of June 2015

    Where did you find the leafs molds?

    Karyn Granrud

    Friday 26th of June 2015

    I don't remember exactly where I bought them, but I'm sure you can find them at Amazon or a cake decorating supply store.


    Wednesday 25th of February 2015

    How long do you think these stay good for?

    Karyn Granrud

    Sunday 1st of March 2015

    They'll stay good for a long time in the fridge. I'd guess if they were sealed in a plastic container and put into the freezer, they may be good for up to three months.


    Wednesday 21st of January 2015

    I don't have any mixers- would it be possible to make this by hand?

    Karyn Granrud

    Wednesday 21st of January 2015

    Yep! Totally. It may take a little more elbow grease, but you can do it.

    Lilly's Mom

    Thursday 11th of December 2014

    oh my these bring back such wonderful memories. I made these for my wedding almost 40 years ago! It's lovely that you have created them to share with others during this special time of year. Really nice :)

    Karyn Granrud

    Friday 12th of December 2014

    Thanks. They are so versatile and easy to make. The molds just make them even better! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    the cape on the corner

    Tuesday 9th of December 2014

    wow, these look delicious and beautiful! b

    Karyn Granrud

    Tuesday 9th of December 2014

    They are! They are beautiful and delicious! Make some.

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