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Desserts

Permafrost Peppermints

Permafrost Peppermints recipe
photo by:kraft
Part cookie, part candy, with a cheesecake-like appeal….These festive Permafrost Peppermints are hard to describe—but great for holiday gift giving!
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 30 min
servings
total:
About 5 dozen candies or 20 servings, 3 mints each
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What You Need

4
oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
Tbsp.  butter or margarine, softened
1
Tbsp.  light corn syrup
1/4
tsp.  peppermint extract
4
cups  powdered sugar
 Green and red food coloring
 Granulated sugar
 Green, red and white decorating icings (optional)

Make It

BEAT cream cheese, butter, corn syrup and extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until well blended. Divide mixture into thirds. Knead a few drops green food coloring into one third; repeat with red food coloring and second third. Leave remaining third plain. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm.

SHAPE dough into 3/4-inch balls, working with 1 color at a time. Place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. Flatten each ball with bottom of glass lightly dipped in granulated sugar.

REPEAT with remaining mixtures. Decorate with icings, if desired; let dry. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Substitute a few drops peppermint oil for the peppermint extract.
Family Fun
Let the kids create their own fun candies for themselves or for serving holiday visitors. Decorate with chocolate or multi-colored sprinkles or green- and red-colored sugars.
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