The perfect end to a simple dinner party, these easy Butter Mints are sweet, buttery and refreshing. Simple to make in minutes and perfect for a hostess gift during the holidays.
Keyword: butter mints
1tablespoonhalf and half or milk
Assorted food coloring
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the sugar to the butter beating until well combined.
Mix in the milk, vanilla and peppermint extract.
Turn the mixer to high and beat until a dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Remove the mixture from the bowl and divide into even pieces if you’re going to be dying the mints different colors.
Add three drops of food coloring to each ball of dough and mix together until the color is evenly distributed. (This works best if you knead with your hands, gloves will keep your hands from becoming colored by the dye.)
Break off about 1/4 cup of the dough and roll into a long thin strand about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Cut the dough strand with a knife at 1/2 inch intervals.
Repeat with the remaining dough.
Arrange the mints on a baking sheet in a single layer and allow to dry for 6-12 hours.
Transfer to an airtight container and store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Butter mints can be made up to 1 week in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.