Peppermint creams have to be one of the easiest recipes for children, there is no heat involved (unless you feel the urge to dip them in melted chocolate which is VERY hard to resist) and the peppermint cream mixture is just like playdough – but edible! Handmade gifts for Christmas don’t get much simpler than this.

How to Make Peppermint Creams

White, snowflake shaped peppermint creams.

To Make Peppermint Creams You Will Need

225g icing sugar

4-6 tbsps sweetened condensed milk

a few drops of peppermint essence

50g plain chocolate (optional but, frankly, pretty essential!)

edible glitter/icing shapes/golden sugar


  • Sieve the icing sugar to remove any lumps
  • Add the condensed milk a little at a time, stirring until you have a crumbly but not sticky mixture
  • Add a few drops of peppermint extract and combine
  • Knead with your hands until your mixture is smooth and forms a ball (add a little more condensed milk if it’s too crumbly but not too much or you will end up with a sticky mess – if you do end up with a sticky mess add a little more icing sugar – don’t get caught in a loop!)
  • Lightly dust your work surface and a rolling pin with icing sugar and roll out your dough until it’s about 5mm thick
  • Cut it into shapes using cookie cutters, we used hearts, snowflakes and stars
  • Place on baking parchment and leave to dry for a couple of hours

Cutting out heart shaped creams, with snowflakes drying in the background.

  • Decorate as desired. We added blue snowflake icing shapes to our snowflakes so they look a bit ‘Frozen’, dusted our stars with edible golden iridescent glitter…

Star cream decorated with edible glitter.

And we dipped our hearts into melted chocolate (put your chocolate pieces into a bowl over a pan of hot water until they melt) and then into golden sugar glitter

Heart creams dipped in chocolate and golden sugar glitter.

We make peppermint creams as gifts quite often, you can see our Valentine’s offerings (and find out how we turned them pink without using bought food colourings!) over at Red Ted Art where Thinly Spread guest posted for last year’s 31 days of Love!

Pink valentine's heart creams on a decorative plate.

Thinly Spread, along with several other European children’s activities blogs, is taking part in the fabulous Countdown to Christmas organised by Cerys at Rainy Day Mum. Every Monday for the next four weeks will have a different theme which we will all be interpreting in our own way – this week’s theme is Homemade Christmas Gifts.

Christmas Countdown logo.

Co Hosted by
Zing Zing Tree, Bluebearwood, Rainy Day Mum, The Boy and Me, The Sensory Seeker, Adventures Of Adam, Thinly Spread, Best Toys For Toddlers, The Gingerbread House, My Little 3 And Me, The Mad House,

Next week’s Countdown to Christmas theme is Recipes which is right up our street, I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! We are running an ongoing linky open until the 6th January as we countdown to Christmas so please do add your crafts, recipes and activities and help us to build a resource bank of ideas for all things Christmassy!

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