Peppermint Candy


4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (or few drops peppermint oil)
4 cups powdered sugar
green food coloring
red food coloring
sifted powdered sugar
green decorating icing (optional)
red decorating icing (optional)
white decorating icing (optional)
melted chocolate (to garnish) (optional)

1 Beat cream cheese, butter, corn syrup and extract in large mixing bowl at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended.
2 Gradually add 4 cups powdered sugar; mix well.
3 Divide mixture into thirds. Knead a few drops green food coloring into one third; repeat with red food coloring and the second third. Leave the last third white.
4 Wrap each third in plastic wrap.
5 Working with one color mixture at a time, shape into 3/4-inch balls.
6 Place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with bottom of glass that has been lightly dipped in confectioner’s sugar.
7 Repeat with remaining mixtures.
8 Decorating with icing or melted chocolate.
9 Chill.