Heart Stamped Mints

These homemade mints only have three ingredients.  They don't require baking, either, so you can make them quickly and enjoy decorating them.  The dough is a soft, playdough like texture so you can form many shapes.  If you have lots of stamps, you could even turn them into homemade message hearts!

You will need:

1.  4 oz of cream cheese

2.  Approximately 3 cups of powdered sugar

3.  Mint extract

4.  Food coloring

5.  Wax paper and a knife

6.  Small heart stamps or other stamps of your choice

 Pastel colored mints with stamped hearts
 Mint dough in a mixer 1.  Soften the cream cheese by letting it sit on the counter for about thirty minutes.  Put it in a mixer and mix until it is soft and creamy.  Add 1/8 teaspoon of mint extract.  Mix for a few seconds.  Add two cups of powdered sugar and mix until well blended.  Add more powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time until the dough is soft but no longer sticky.  It should be a little bit softer than playdough.
Mint dough with food coloring drops   2.  Take the dough out and divide it into three portions.   Add two drops of red coloring for pink hearts, two drops of green coloring for the green hearts, and one drop of red and one drop of blue coloring for the purple hearts. 
 Pastel colored dough for mints  3.  Return one portion to the mixer and mix it until the color is well blended.  Scrape out the dough and then put the next portion in the mixture.  If you are using pastel colors, there is no need to wash the bowl and mixer blade in between colors.
 Rolling and slicing the dough to make mints  4.  Roll the lumps of dough into logs about one inch thick.  Use a sharp knife to slice them into 1/4 inch thick rounds.  Place the rounds on wax paper.
Stamping the mints   5.  If your stamp is new or has been used with ink, wash it in warm soap and water and dry it thoroughly.  Press the stamp into each mint with a gentle rocking motion.
Pastel colored mints with stamped hearts

6.  Stack the mints in an air tight container, seperating the layers with wax paper.  They will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days. 

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In Greek mythology, Menthe was a gorgeous river nymph who attempted to seduce Hades.  The angry Persephone, Hades' wife, turned the nymph into a small plant so that she would forever be stepped on.  Hades felt sorry for Menthe but could not reverse the spell.  Instead, he gave the little plant a delightful scent so it would be loved and valued.   The small, fragrant plant became known as "mint."  It has many uses including flavoring food and tea, freshening air, and aiding digestion.  

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