When I think of Christmas baking, I immediately think of making these easy treats, as they were one of my Mom's traditional holiday activities for us. This is a really kid-friendly recipe - there is no baking involved and you have to get your hands messy to make them. I have so many memories of "discussing" with my brothers which ones of us got to knead the "green blob" and who got the "red blob." The end result is sort of like edible playdough. Ironically, my little guy, who is constantly trying to sneak playdough into his mouth, would have nothing to do with eating these. Oh well, maybe next year. Here's the recipe so you can try it out on your little ones...
CHRISTMAS MINT PATTIES
1 3-oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
3 cups powdered sugar
A few drops of desired color food coloring
1. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese and peppermint extract. Gradually add powdered sugar until smooth. Knead in the last of the sugar with your hands. Add food coloring (you can divide into as many different colors as you want) and knead until color is evenly distributed.
2. Form into 3/4 inch balls and place on waxed paper. Press each ball with the tines of a fork.
3. Cover mints with paper towels and let dry overnight. Store in tightly covered container in the refrigerator or freeze.