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Christmas Peppermint Candies

Servings: Makes 5 dozen
4 ounces cream cheese
(1/2 of 8 ounce package), softened
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or few drops
peppermint oil
4 cups confectioners' sugar
Green and red food coloring
Sifted powdered sugar
Green, red and white decorator icings, optional

BEAT cream cheese, butter, corn syrup and extract in large bowl with
electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add 4 cups
powdered sugar, beating until well blended after each addition.

DIVIDE mixture into thirds. Knead a few drops green food coloring into
first third; repeat with red food coloring and second third. Leave
remaining third plain. Wrap each third in plastic wrap.

SHAPE into 1-inch balls, working with 1 color mixture at a time. Place on
wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with bottom of glass that
has been lightly dipped in sifted powdered sugar.

DECORATE with icings. Store candies in refrigerator.

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: July 21, 2002