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Cynthia Wonders Winterrowd ’s

RECIPE WONDERS FOOD ST Y LING & PHOTOGR A PH Y BY ERICK A WINTER ROWD

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alentine’s Day is that special time of year when we go out of our way to say “I love you” to the special people in our life. What better way to do this than with homemade sweets for your sweeties? One of my favorite recipes in my mother’s handwritten cookbooks is an entry titled “Aunt Ruth’s Mints.” Aunt Ruth was my father’s older sister and also one of my mother’s best friends when they were growing up in rural Illinois. Aunt Ruth was known for these mints, and at the age of 95 she was still making them for wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, holiday parties and her club (a ladies’ club that would

meet each month to socialize and play card games). On a summer day in 2011 she shared with me a few of her tips for making them, and it is one of my fondest memories of time spent in her home. She had quite an assortment of candy molds, ready for any holiday or occasion, and she really enjoyed making these for her friends and family. I truly believe that her faith in God and love for her family, her crocheting and her mints are what kept her going strong all those years. Aunt Ruth is gone now, but her love still remains with us — especially remembered with every bite of these delicious mints!

AUNT RUTH’S MINTS Wilton makes candy molds that you can purchase in kitchen or craft stores.

INGREDIENTS: 2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature and cut into cubes 1/2 tsp. flavoring (usually mint or butter flavor) 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar Food color METHOD: Mix the cream cheese and flavoring. Add the food color before the powdered sugar. Start with about 3 drops of color, and then add more if you desire a deeper color. I use Wilton food colors,

Cynthia Wonders Winterrowd is an award-winning writer who was raised in Illinois and lives in Gainesville. She is proud to be a “Gator Mom” of three daughters, all UF graduates. Cynthia loves sharing family recipes that have been passed down in her mother’s handwritten cookbooks. recipewonders@gmail.com

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