Have you ever tried butter mints? They are melt in your mouth minty goodness and you can make around three thousand for two dollars. They make wonderful teacher gifts when placed in a decorative jar OR they can be used to keep everyone distracted from trying to get their hands on the Christmas turkey. They’re pretty, easy and delicious. Hey, if they’re good enough for every grandma I’ve ever met, then they’re good enough for me.
1: 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
2: 1 pound confectioners sugar, plus extra for dusting
3: 2 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
4: 1 Teaspoon pure mint extract
5: Food coloring if you wish to kick things up a notch
1: Use a large bowl for the butter and beat it until it’s creamy. Turn your mixer on low and beat in sugar, cream and extract until it’s smooth and creamy.
2: Dust your work surface with confectioners sugar so that your “candy dough” doesn’t stick while you’re kneading it. Knead until it’s nice and smooth. Cover with a slightly damp cloth so that it doesn’t dry out.
3: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Dust work surface with confectioners sugar again and roll out 1/8 cupfuls of the mint mixture into 1/2 inch thick ropes. Cut ropes into 1/2 to 3/4 pieces.
4: Transfer mints to baking sheets with a spatula. Repeat until the dough is all gone.
5: Let air dry at room temperature for a couple of days until they are firm enough to pick up like a piece of candy. Place in covered containers or bags.
Remember that you can always add some food coloring to jazz them up. I personally love making them into pastels, but you could definitely do red, green, and white for the Christmas season!
There you go. Make them. Love them. Fill your pockets with them. Bring some to me. If you get cracking now then that’s one more Christmas treat all ready and raring to go.