Cream Cheese Meltaways

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Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

This recipe comes to you via my 4-year-old. I was flipping through a magazine the other day and my son yelled from somewhere across the room, “MOM! Go back to that page please!” He’s an aspiring foodie!! I love it when I can give him a simple thing like making a recipe that he requests. And we both had fun in the kitchen together!

Here is the simple lineup. If you don’t have peppermint extract go ahead and use vanilla or almond extract or whatever you have on hand. Don’t let yourself be boxed in by a recipe!<

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

Everything goes in the hopper and comes out like so.

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

After some extra powdered sugar and some “kneading” we get this. I was very generous with the powdered sugar. It feels exactly like Play-Doh. Fun!!

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

Divide up the dough into 3 balls and tint. The recipe suggested red, pink, and white. If I had it to do again I may have just done 2 colors. Everything looked pink by the end.

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

Pretend like you are in preschool again and make “snakes.” Then smash it all together. I told you this was fun!

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

Roll it out and cut into whatever shapes you want. I kept using powdered sugar to keep things from getting too sticky.

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

Chill and eat. Voila!

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

After my son cut out his share of hearts and became disinterested I just pulled off little balls of dough and smashed them flat.

Cream Cheese Meltaways @KatrinasKitchen

I hope you have fun making these. This is a great way to get young children involved in the kitchen.

Cream Cheese Meltaways


  • 4 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Softened Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar divided
  • Red Food Coloring


  • Beat cream cheese, butter, corn syrup, and mint extract on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in 3 Cups powdered sugar until combined.
  • Turn "dough" out onto a clean surface sprinkled with remaining powdered sugar and knead until smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Divide dough into 3 portions and tint red, pink, and white. Roll each portion into a rope. Press together and flatten slightly. Cut out desired shapes.
  • Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Store covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
- Katrina

40 Responses to “Cream Cheese Meltaways”

  1. #
    Laura Wackerly — January 30, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Love it! I don’t like peppermint, so maybe I’ll try the vanilla…

  2. #
    Katrina — January 30, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Warning – these are pretty sweet as it is. You may even be fine with no other sweetness (like vanilla). 😉

  3. #
    Sandra — January 30, 2011 at 4:36 am

    That is just stunningly beautiful! Love the color and the photos..perfection!!!

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    sweetsbysillianah — January 30, 2011 at 5:04 am

    aww these look so cute and fun! my niece would love to make these… thanks for sharing!

  5. #
    Daksha — January 30, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Wow it’s look so pinky and lovely thanks for sharing this nice recipe.

  6. #
    Becky — January 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    These look so Valentiney and cute. This is a good recipe to make with your kids. Kudos!

  7. #
    Belinda — January 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m glad you stopped on page 6! He’s too cute and so are these!

  8. #
    Laura Silvey — January 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    These are so cute! My daughter would love making them.

  9. #
    foodblogandthedog — January 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    So pretty!! I want to stick them all over my fridge, is that wrong?

  10. #
    Christina — January 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    These are great! What a perfect project for kitchen time with the kids! Perfect for Valentine’s day too!

  11. #
    whatsfordinner-acrossstatelines — January 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Katrina, please let your son know, he has very good taste in recipes. I’m a huge fan of cookies like these.

  12. #
    BakingWithoutaBox — January 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    How fun! Very good choice by the tiny foodie

  13. #
    briarrose — January 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    What a fun recipe. Love the hearts!

  14. #
    ceecee — January 31, 2011 at 12:14 am

    reminds me of fondant but tastes better!

  15. #
    Carolyn — January 31, 2011 at 12:36 am

    These are awesome and so fun for kids! How great that your son is so interested in cooking too.

  16. #
    Katrina — January 31, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I love making goodies with my kids! 😀

  17. #
    Matthew Goudge — January 31, 2011 at 8:17 am

    This look fun and yummy!

  18. #
    Anna C — January 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Katrina, This is such a fun activity for young kids. They’re so cute,and perfect little Valentine’s Day treats!

    Anna’s Table

  19. #
    Ms. F — January 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    These are beautiful! I cannot wait to make them with my kiddies, they are also aspiring foodies. I see what you mean about only using two colours. I think if I did it I’d wait to add the white roll until it’s almost time to shape them. I make a lot of marbled things out of playdoh for my daughter. 😉

  20. #
    Mari — January 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Great recipe! I am sure it was fun making with the little one.

  21. #
    Kim - Liv Life — January 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    What a fun afternoon you two must have had! My son used to do that and we’d have a blast… now at 14 he’s more interested in burritos than baking, but my daughter is still picking recipes to make.
    Love these colorful heart cookies! Nicely done!

  22. #
    Julie m. — January 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Those are so cute Katrina! Don’t you just love it when the kids come and help out in the kitchen?! They look delicious to boot. I think we may just try these.

  23. #
    Jill Colonna — January 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    That sounded like a ton of fun! We best look out for that 4-yr-old of yours…

  24. #
    Katerina — January 31, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    It is nice for children to get involved in the kitchen. These cookies look so lovely.

  25. #
    Deborah Dowd — January 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    What a great and easy idea for kids- like play-doh, only you can eat it afterwards!

  26. #
    Anonymous — January 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    this cream cheese one looks and sounds yummy!!! i will be tryin it this week maybe?
    <3 Chris

  27. #
    Laurie Alves — January 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    would be a great little addition as a cupcake topper 🙂 Instead of fondant! Thanks for the post!

  28. #
    Mary — January 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    These are really cute and I think your recipe is terrific. I’m new to your blog but really like the food and recipes you feature here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  29. #
    Natalie @ Perrys' Plate — February 1, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! I’m so in love with these cookies! I love the swirled colors!

  30. #
    Trish — February 1, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Wow these are so stunning and festive. Love them!

  31. #
    [email protected] — February 1, 2011 at 1:13 am

    yum! I make lime meltaways when I do my Christmas baking, but these are just perfect for Valentines day! Great recipe!

  32. #
    Charissa — February 1, 2011 at 5:28 am

    What a fun recipe…and I love your layout. So creative!

  33. #
    Raw_Girl — February 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Gorgeous colors! Fun and simple recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  34. #
    Shirley — February 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Your son is funny. Love the colors!!

  35. #
    Kaitlin — February 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

    How cute & creative are these? I love them!

  36. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — February 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    How cute are those! 😀 I love how colorful they are. I absolutely must make these!

  37. #
    Erin — February 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Holy crud! These sound heavenly!!!!

  38. #
    Eftychia — February 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    This recipe looks so tasty. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for the photos.

  39. #
    debbie — February 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    what a easy and neat valentine recipe

  40. #
    Lyxmorsan — January 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Those look delicious. And would sure tempt my girls to not only eat, but even make them.
    But I’m not sure about the light corn syrup. I don’t think I can buy it here in Sweden. Is it a sweetener or does it even or something to the doughs texture?
    Is there a way to substitute it?

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