Buttery Soft Butter Mints

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When I was little, my mom would help me make butter mints. Pushing a chair up to the counter, rolling the Playdough-like dough into ropes and cutting it into bite-size pieces, would keep me entertained for quite some time. Now, I make them to bring back happy memories and satisfy my sweet tooth when I need just a little something sweet after dinner. Quick, easy and still fun to make! ;)


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Makes one 12x18 sheet pan full
20 Min
No-Cook or Other


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    1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
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    4 cups powdered sugar, divided
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    1/8 tsp salt
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    1/8-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
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    1/4 tsp peppermint extract
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    2-3 drops food coloring, pink, green, yellow
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    1 1/2 tb milk, half & half, or condensed milk

How to Make Buttery Soft Butter Mints


  1. ***You really need a stand mixer to make these. The "dough" will become very stiff and too much for a hand mixer.***
  2. Add room temperature butter to bowl of stand mixer and begin to mix. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar, extracts, salt, milk and food coloring, if using.
  3. Once well combined, begin to add last 2 cups of powdered sugar. Once all has been added, the consistency should be that of Playdough.
  4. Working with 2-3 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll in to 1/2 inch ropes. Cut into desired size, around 1/2 inch chunks. Place on wax paper or parchment lined sheet pan. Allow to dry for several hours or until they become as hard or as soft as you like. Then, store in an airtight container.
  5. I sometimes use Country Crock plant butter sticks (almond, olive oil or avocado). It doesn't change the flavor, but it does make them cholesterol-free and they stay soft, left out in a candy dish, for several weeks, if they last that long. My mom would combine with dry roasted peanuts. Enjoy!

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