Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
/4 cup unsalted butter
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon extract flavoring - peppermint, Spearmint, etc.
Food coloring or leave them white
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and stir till softened and partially melted into the butter. Turn off the heat. Add 4 cups of the powdered sugar to the pan and stir to form a soft sugary dough. If the dough seems to liquid or loose, slowly add more sugar till it firms up-- it should be firm enough to mold and shape. If making only one flavor, add 1 tsp of flavoring to the dough (or more to taste) and stir well.
Divide dough into four equal portions. If making more than one flavor, add 1/4 tsp of flavoring (or more to taste) to each separate portion of dough and stir well.
Color the dough by adding a few drops of food coloring to each portion of dough. For a pastel color, use 2-3 drops of food coloring per portion. For more vibrant color, add more drops.
Shape the candies into round disks of about 1/2 tablespoon each. Score them on top with a fork, if desired. Allow to dry on parchment or wax paper for a few hours until the candies set. Store candies in a sealed container in the refrigerator.