Friends and neighbours would love to receive a package of homemade Christmas Peppermint Rosettes; these make a lovely take-home goodie bag too! Play with the colours - red mints would be super festive too!
In a large mixing bowl (use a deep bowl to keep the confectioner's sugar from flying all over your kitchen!) use a hand-held mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth and lump-free.
Beat in the peppermint extract.
Add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time. (You may need a little more depending the type of cream cheese you're using. Add 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar at a time until the mixture resembles thick buttercream frosting.)
Divide the mixture evenly into 3 bowls.
Add red gel food colouring to one bowl until you have reached the desired red colour, stirring to completely incorporate the gel into the cream cheese mixture.
Add green gel food colouring to another bowl until you have reached the desired green colour, stirring to completely incorporate the gel into the cream cheese mixture.
Leave the third bowl as is.
Add each colour to a separate piping bag fitted with a large star piping tip.
Pip rosette shapes onto the prepared baking sheet(s), leaving 1/2 inch of space between each rosette.
Set the baking sheet(s) aside and allow the rosettes to air dry. This will take at least 3 hours. The bigger the rosette, the longer it will take to fully dry.
When fully dry, store in airtight container or package in cellophane bags for gift giving.