Sweet Firecrackers
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Sweet liberty, the shot heard around the world and firework celebration rolled into one. This is a cream cheese mint recipe updated with intense coloring and a surprising -- yet subtle -- flavoring that refreshes!
Recipe type: Candy
Cuisine: American
Serves: 36 candies
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar (3¾ cups)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon of liquid cinnamon flavoring
  • 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar for dipping
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • 36 almond slivers for wicks, optional
  1. Place powdered sugar in medium mixing bowl and add cream cheese and flavoring.
  2. Beat with mixer until mixture forms large crumbs and is well mixed.
  3. Use hands to knead crumbs into ball.
  4. Taste and adjust flavoring as needed at this point. Knead in any additional flavoring and divide ball of candy into thirds.
  5. Color one third red and one third blue, kneading each segment well to thoroughly distribute coloring.
  6. Working on a different sheet of waxed or parchment paper for each color, roll each third into a log of equal lengths and then flatten to equal width and height.
  7. Stack layers -- red, white and blue - then slice into one quarter inch pieces.
  8. Dip each cut side into granulate sugar and set aside to dry for several hours.
  9. If desired, add a slivered almond to one end of each piece to make a "wick" for the firecracker.
Charlene @ A Pinch of Joy
Recipe by A Pinch of Joy at https://www.apinchofjoy.com/2013/07/sweet-firecrackers/