Recently, during a thorough cleaning of the refrigerator, we discovered a package of cream cheese tucked in the back of a drawer. Does this ever happen to you? Luckily, it wasn’t a container of moldy leftovers, but rather some creamy goodness. As it was nearing the end of its life, I decided to use it in a recipe for cream cheese mints from allrecipes.com.
One thing that I certainly appreciate is that there are an endless number of recipes available online. By doing a quick search for ingredients, you can often find a recipe that will utilize what you have on hand. Some websites even specialize in providing personalized recipes based on the ingredients that you enter. Being frugal does mean being creative, but it’s nice to find just the perfect recipe every now and then.
Making the mints, I found that the mix came out a bit wetter than described in the recipe. I thought briefly about adding more powdered sugar to the bowl or putting it in the refrigerator, but I admit I was impatient. I scooped up the sugary dough into a plastic bag and cut off the tip. Grunting a bit as I carefully squirted out perfect lines of mint, I turned over the bag to my husband, who quickly made thick lines with crazy swirls. Not exactly like what we saw in the picture, but it would do.
As the mints seemed to be too wet to “dry” as I read in the recipe, I simply put them in the freezer. Letting them harden completely proved a bit difficult for both of us, and so we tasted them early. Not exactly pretty, but definitely delicious!
Doing a quick search on the internet such as I did to find the mint recipe can yield tasty and frugal treats. When so much food gets thrown out each year by American households, making sure that every scrap of food is used up and enjoyed is a positive goal for any home. And when the result is as tasty as the mints? Why wouldn’t you do it?