Christmas Peppermint Patties
FOR TINTING - Don't use food coloring dyes from the grocery store because you won't get a true red or green. Instead, use baker-quality food coloring gels from Michael's craft stores. Wal-Mart has them, too (look for them in the craft/cake decorating section, not in the baking aisle in the grocery section). They're about $2-$3 a bottle and last several years. Use sparingly though, a little gel goes a LONG way.
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- 1/4 c
- unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 c
- light corn syrup
- 3 1/2 c
- powdered sugar, divided (more, if needed for consistency)
- 1 Tbsp
- peppermint extract (or as desired)
- christmas red food coloring gel or paste
- leaf green food coloring gel or paste
- 1/2 c
- granulated sugar
FOR DYING - Start with a little amount of the food coloring gel at first, and add more after kneading if you want more color. I used a toothpick and dipped it about 1/4-inch into the red food coloring gel, and then stuck the toothpick into the dough ball that I wanted tinted red (and did the same for the portion to be tinted green). And I kneaded it until the color was consistent and smooth throughout.