happy new year, friends! hope that your holiday season was wonderful + that your 2012 is off to a seriously awesome start. you’re all pretty darn fantastic, so you deserve it. =)
now, to my first 2012 post. do you have any foods that you used to love in your childhood, but through the process of growing up + starting your own life as an adult, managed to forget? i absolutely do, + i usually don’t remember them until something triggers a nostalgic childhood food memory — reading a blog post, seeing an item on a menu or something in a store, etc.
this was exactly how i felt when i came across a post for homemade butter mints over at love and flour last month. butter mints?, i thought, i used to love those things! my mom always put them out when we had dinner parties + i remember going back again + again to the candy bowl, filling up on those delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats. i hadn’t thought of them in years, + certainly had no idea that you could make them so incredibly easily at home.
i put them on my holiday to-make list to give to family + friends, + was 100% thrilled with the results. not only are they so easy to make, but they also turned out gorgeous. i love the different pastel colors – so reminiscent of the pretty little mints i loved growing up. + they’re super versatile – you can easily coordinate the colors to work with the palette of any party or shower. i will absolutely be making them again — in fact, i might just have to make some more this week!
homemade butter mints
makes about 80-100 small mints, adapted from my life as a mrs.
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
3-4 drops peppermint oil (or 1 tsp peppermint extract – i used peppermint extract)
food coloring of your choice
in a stand mixer, beat the softened butter for 1 minute until light + fluffy. add the powdered sugar + mix thoroughly until the mixture is dry + crumbly. use a spatula to scrape down the sides + bottom of bowl.
add the milk + the peppermint oil or extract. mix thoroughly until the dough comes together + thickens. it should be very thick, not sticky + easy to mold — similar to playdough. if needed, adjust the consistency with a drop or two of milk or a dash more of powdered sugar (*note: i didn’t need to do this – the consistency came out perfect).
depending on how many colors you want to make, divide the dough. for example, i wanted to make four different colors, so i divided the dough into four separate pieces. add a drop of two of food coloring to each dough portion, + mix it into the dough, either by hand or by using a stand mixer. add more color if needed. (two drops per dough section was sufficient for me to get very pretty, bright colors).
lay out parchment paper on the counter + dust with powdered sugar. break off about 1/4 cup pieces + roll into long, skinny logs (about 1/2” thick). slice into 1/2” pieces with a pastry cutter or knife.
lay out in a single layer + let dry/harden for 24-48 hours (i let mine dry for 48 hours + they were perfect).print this recipe