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Butter Mints

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You can make over a pound of Old-fashioned butter mints, made with 5 easy ingredients! Perfect for melt in your mouth mint lovers!

Making melt-in-your-mouth butter mints is like hitting the “refresh” button on all those fuzzy, warm childhood memories. Think back to those days, will you? Sneaking a butter mint (or three) from grandma’s stash or grabbing a handful at the diner’s exit, feeling like you’ve just pocketed pure gold. There’s something undeniably cozy and joyful about it, like a hug in candy form. So, here I am, on a butter mint-making mission. I could munch on them non-stop, and my kids are on the same page – they devour them like there’s no tomorrow! They’re just too sweet, creamy, and perfectly minty to resist. And this butter mint recipe is easy to make too!

Who else has those memories of hovering around a bowl of old-fashioned butter mints during the holidays, sneaking a quick handful when no one, especially that nosy aunt? That was a classic move of mine! The melt-in-your-mouth texture of butter mints with their classic rich, sweet, and just right mint flavor has always been addictive, and once I discovered that you could make them without any fancy kitchen skills, I never looked back at the store-bought ones. This recipe will give you about 48-50 mints, which is a lifesaver for someone like me with a full house of five kiddos. I’m all about recipes that let me make a lot at once, don’t need a ton of ingredients, but still turn out absolutely yummy. The only catch? They need some chill time in the fridge, so a little planning is needed. But the result is totally worth it!

Butter Mints Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 5 (excluding the optional food coloring)
Feeds: 24 people (serving size of 2 mints each)
Average Cost of Ingredients: $3.50
Average cost per serving: $0.15
Total Cook Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: No-bake, just mix and chill!
Dietary Info: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Key Flavor: Sweet and minty with a hint of vanilla
Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  • Easy and Fun to Make: Making these butter mints is super easy, and it’s a blast to do with the kiddos! They have a great time adding their favorite colors to the mix and getting their hands in there to help shape the mints. It’s one of those activities that’s low stress for us busy moms (amen!) but high excitement for them.
  • Five Ingredients: Just 5 simple ingredients, y’all! Perfect for when you want to make a big batch without breaking the bank or spending your whole day in the kitchen.
  • Melt-In-Your-Mouth Goodness: Honestly… Some store-bought mints feel like you’re chewing on a flavored rock. But these homemade butter mints are the real deal! They are perfectly minty, with a hint of vanilla and a buttery center that just melts away as you eat them.
  • No Special Equipment Needed: You don’t have to pull out any fancy kitchen gadgets for this one. If you’ve got a bowl, baking sheet, a spoon, and a fridge, you’re pretty much set.
  • No garbage ingredients: Storebought butter mints are actually just corn syrup, and a bunch of oils – not true butter mints. So, by making your own, you avoid all the yucky stuff.
  • Makes about 1.25 pounds of butter mints: This recipe yeilds over a pound of mints! And you can easily double or triple it if you need a big batch.

Ingredients to make Butter Mints

  • Unsalted Butter: Make sure it’s unsalted so you’re in control of the flavor. If your butter is still rock solid from the fridge, cut it into smaller pieces and leave it out for a bit, or give it a quick zap in the microwave on a low setting, checking every 5-10 seconds until it’s just soft, not melted.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar: If there’s one thing you should know about how to make butter mints, is that they need lots of sugar. I know it sounds kinda worrying, but remember – this isn’t an everyday treat!
  • Heavy Cream: Brings the rich, creamy texture to your mints.
  • Vanilla Extract: A teaspoon of this goes a loooong way in adding that warm, classic flavor.
  • Peppermint Extract: For that signature minty punch! Mint extract tastes like toothpaste, so stick to peppermint extract.
  • Food Coloring (Optional): This is where you can get your creative juices flowing. Want pastel mints for a baby shower or vibrant ones for a party? A few drops of food coloring will do!

How to make Butter Mints

  1. Add the butter, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, cream, and a portion of the confectioners’ sugar (about a cup) to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed with a paddle attachment until they’re just combined.
  2. Gradually incorporate the rest of the confectioners’ sugar, continuing to mix at a low speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything mixes evenly.
  3. If you’re adding color to your mints, now’s the time to do it! Split the dough into different bowls and add your colorings.
  4. Fold until the colors are uniform.
  5. Take small portions from the dough, roughly a teaspoon in size, roll them into balls, and arrange them on your baking sheet. Gently press each ball with your fingers to form a disc. Then, place the mints in the fridge for around four hours, or until they set.
  • Play with Shapes: Roll the dough into a rope and cut it into bite-sized rectangles, or use tiny cookie cutters to make hearts, stars, or whatever shapes your little ones like.
  • Butter Alternative: For a dairy-free version, you can substitute the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil. The texture and flavor might slightly change, but they’ll still be delicious.
  • Sweetener Swap: If you’re looking to experiment, try using powdered monk fruit sweetener or a similar powdered sugar alternative for a lower-sugar version. Just be mindful of the sweetener’s conversion rate compared to confectioners’ sugar.
  • Flavor Variations: While peppermint is classic, feel free to play with other extract flavors. Almond, lemon, or even orange extracts can offer a delightful twist on the traditional mint.
  • Color Them Happy: Food coloring is optional but a fun way to add some visual appeal. Natural food colorings like beet powder for red or spirulina for blue can also work if you’re avoiding artificial colors.
  • Creamy Additions: Swap out the heavy cream for coconut cream for a slight coconutty undertone, or use a flavored coffee creamer for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Herbal Touch: For a subtle herbal note, add a tiny pinch of finely ground dried herbs like rosemary or thyme along with the extracts. This works well if you’re using complementary flavors like lemon.
  • Texture Twist: For a bit of crunch, consider adding very finely chopped nuts or a sprinkle of crushed freeze-dried fruit into the mint mixture before setting.
  • Dip in Chocolate: After the mints have set, dip them halfway into melted chocolate! Dark, milk, or white chocolate all works well.

Tips for making the best old fashioned butter mints

  1. Too Sticky? More Sugar: If that dough’s sticking like gum on a hot sidewalk, add in a bit more confectioners’ sugar until the dough feels manageable.
  2. Quality Matters: When you’re picking extracts, grab the good stuff. Cheap ones can leave your mints tasting weird, or too mild.
  3. Fridge Time is Key: Let those mints chill in the fridge until they’re firm. You want them solid enough to hold their own at room temp, not melting away the moment they’re out.
  4. Room Temperature Butter: Ensure your butter is at room temperature before starting. This makes it easier to blend smoothly with the sugar, avoiding any lumps for that perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  5. Sift Your Sugar: To prevent any grittiness, sift the confectioners’ sugar before adding it to the mixture. This helps achieve the silky smooth consistency that’s a hallmark of great butter mints.
  6. Flavor to Taste: Start with the recommended amount of peppermint extract, but don’t be afraid to adjust according to your preference. Add a little at a time, tasting as you go, until you hit that sweet spot between too subtle and too strong.
  7. Knead Gently: Once your mixture forms a dough, knead it gently on a surface dusted with a little confectioners’ sugar. This step is crucial for incorporating all the ingredients thoroughly without overworking the dough.
  8. Thin is In: When rolling out your mints, aim for uniform thinness. This ensures they all set and dry at the same rate, plus it gives that delicate texture that dissolves delightfully on the tongue.
  9. Storage Matters: Store your butter mints in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper to keep them from sticking together. They keep well at room temperature in a cool spot, making them great for gifting or savoring over time.

How to store Butter Mints

Once those mints are all set and firm, pop them into an airtight container and keep them at room temp. If you’ve got layers of mints, throw a piece of parchment paper between them to keep them from sticking together.

How long will Butter Mints last in the fridge?

At room temp, those mints will keep their cool for up to two weeks. Just make sure they’re not sitting out in the hot sun or a warm spot.

Can I freeze this butter mints recipe?

If you have more mints than you can munch in a couple of weeks, you can freeze them! Lay any extras on a large sheet pan and pop them into the freezer. Once they’re solidly frozen, shift them over to an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

What to serve with Butter Mints

  • Gift ‘Em: Who wouldn’t love getting a batch of these butter mints as a gift? They’re perfect for handing out because you can easily split them up. Pop them in a jar or a cute little bag, and you’ve got yourself a sweet little present for anyone!
  • After Heavy Eats: Once everyone’s done stuffing their faces with BBQ chicken wings, BBQ chicken thighs, or a hearty lentil stew, pop these mints out. They’re like a breath of fresh air, literally!
  • Snack Pair-Up: Throw in these mints alongside some marshmallow popcorn for movie night. It’s a KILLER combo of sweet, salty, and minty.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use peppermint oil instead of peppermint extract?

You can! But keep in mind that the oil is way more potent. You’ll need to use less – start with just a drop or two, then taste and adjust.

Are these butter mints chewy?

Not at all! They’re soft, creamy, and melt in your mouth once you take a bite.

How do I get super smooth mints?

Make sure your confectioners’ sugar is lump-free, sifting it before you mix it in can help avoid any gritty bits. Also, mix the dough well until it’s nice and uniform, but don’t overdo it or the butter might start to separate.

These Butter Mints are the real MVP of homemade treats. Super easy to throw together, and bam, you’ve got a whole stash of these buttery little wonders! Whether you’re hooking up friends with a sweet gift, need something sweet for the kiddos after a big dinner, or just craving that minty goodness, these mints have your back.

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Butter Mints

You can make over a pound of Old-fashioned butter mints, made with 5 easy ingredients! Perfect for melt in your mouth mint lovers!
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Author Jackie
Servings 48 mints
Course Dessert
Calories 57
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Food coloring optional

Instructions

  • Prepare a baking sheet (or any flat surface that can fit inside the fridge) by covering it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add the butter, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, cream, and a portion of the confectioners’ sugar (about a cup) to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed with a paddle attachment until they’re just combined.
  • Gradually incorporate the rest of the confectioners’ sugar, continuing to mix at a low speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything mixes evenly.
  • If you're adding color to your mints, now's the time to do it. Split the dough into different bowls, add your colorings, and fold until the colors are uniform.
  • Take small portions from the dough, roughly a teaspoon in size, roll them into balls and arrange them on your baking sheet. Gently press each ball with your fingers to form a disc.
  • Place the mints in the fridge for around four hours, or until they set.

Notes

  • Too Sticky? More Sugar: If that dough’s sticking like gum on a hot sidewalk, add in a bit more confectioners’ sugar until the dough feels manageable.
  • Go Slow with Extracts: Add those extracts a little at a time and taste as you go. This way, you can avoid an overly minty or vanilla flavor that overshadows the sweet, buttery bliss.
  • Quality Matters: When you’re picking extracts, grab the good stuff. Cheap ones can leave your mints tasting weird, or too mild.
  • Fridge Time is Key: Let those mints chill in the fridge until they’re firm. You want them solid enough to hold their own at room temp, not melting away the moment they’re out.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 mint, Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 0.03g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 1mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 64IU, Vitamin C: 0.002mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 0.01mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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