Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Peppermint Butter Mints (12 Weeks of Christmas Treats)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
It's hard to believe it's here already. It seems just like yesterday it was Halloween. And it's really hard to get into the holiday spirit when it's 80 degrees
today. I'm hoping these little mints with their festive colors get us in that holiday spirit. And I didn't have to turn on the oven to make them! :)

These are buttery peppermint candies that melt in your mouth. Funny story about these: after I made these, I left them on the counter to dry and left to go help out a friend. I was gone longer than I thought and texted hubby to wait on these because they needed to dry but I was too late! I think he was wondering about these (and me!) after he tried them initially. So definitely give them the time to dry out! Or they will taste kinda gummy and you don't want that. :)

They are incredibly easy to make and they make a lot! I can see making gift containers for neighbors, friends, teachers.

Homemade Butter Mints
recipe from Fearless Homemaker

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk 
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • In a stand mixer, beat the softened butter until light and fluffy, roughly for 1 minute. 
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix until the sugar mixture is dry and crumbly. Make sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl as you go. 
  • Add the milk and peppermint extract and mix until a dough forms. It should be very thick. It definitely reminded me of playdough when it came together. 
  • Depending on how many different colors you want, divide the dough accordingly. 
  • In order to get the bright colors, I used Americolor gel colors in Super Red and Leaf Green. I used a couple of drops to get the colors bright and vivid. It was hard to stir the colors in so I just mixed the color by hand. Good thing, I have food safe gloves on hand!
  • Dust a piece of parchment with powdered sugar and break of small chunks of the dough. Roll these chunks into logs and then with a butter knife, cut them into small bite sized pieces.
  • Lay out in a single layer and dust them with powdered sugar. Let them dry for at least 24-48 hours. 

Let's see what the other talented bakers have made this week! And as always, thank you Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic for hosting the blog hop!


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