Monday, January 14, 2013

Butter Mints

As requested, here is the recipe for the Butter Mints we gave out at Christmas.



Butter Mints

                            3 T butter                                1.5 lbs. powdered sugar
                            1 t. peppermint extract             food color (optional)
                            3 T. milk

Using a hand mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.  Add peppermint extract and milk. At this point, you can add some food color.  Start with a small amount, as you can always add but you can't remove.  Still using the mixer, blend in approximately 2/3 of the powdered sugar. 

 
Knead the remaining powdered sugar into the dough.  It will be very stiff as you work in the last bit.  If you used paste food color (vs. liquid), you may need to add a drop or two of water.   

  
Working with a small amount at a time, form the dough into a log.  (I learned to keep the extra dough covered with plastic wrap, as it can dry out quickly.)  Gently flatten the log on one side, rotate and flatten, and continue until the log is rectangular rather than cylindrical.  Use a sharp knife to slice the mints into individual pieces.

Put the cut mints onto a baking sheet and let dry overnight.


In the morning, turn the mints so that the bottom side dries.  When they are dry, store in an air-tight container.  Enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. My mouth is watering. You make it sound so easy, I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Are those like the ones they sell at Hickory Farms? If so, then Yummy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never had Hickory Farms mints. Something to add to my must-try list!

      Delete
  3. I'm sure they are yummy! What does it take to be on your Christmas list??? *winks*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You pretty much have to be related to me, a godparent to Trevor, or Trevor's teacher to make the cut. Tell you what - the next time you're in California, let me know and I'll make mints just for you. :)

      Delete
  4. I am totally laughing at the comment above mine. I want to be on your Christmas list too. Very cool post. Now I want to make mints!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I've never had homemade butter mints. They sound good and seem fairly easy. I'll have to try them. It might be pretty to make pastel colors for Easter. :)

    ReplyDelete