Homemade buttermints are the perfect customizable party favors for just about any occasion. You can coordinate your party theme by using food coloring in these light and creamy candies.
The options are almost endless using food coloring! Plus, everyone will love these after dinner mints that melt in your mouth. One great idea is filling plastic baby bottles with pink, blue or yellow buttermints to make a darling place settings at a baby shower.
Filling wine glasses with homemade buttermints will look elegant on the table at engagement parties, bridal showers and birthday parties.
For a homey look, tie ribbon around a mason jar and fill with these homemade buttermints. Again, you are easily able to adjust the color to compliment whatever event you are planning.
Making buttermints at home is easy even for a beginner cook and adds that extra touch that will impress your guests. Using five ingredients is all you need to whip up these candies. Be sure to give a 12 hour head start before your event, these sweets need to air dry!
1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and cut into 1 inch pieces
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
Beat chilled and diced butter with a hand mixer or a stand mixer on low until creamy and smooth
Add confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time scraping the sides of the bowl as needed
Increasing speed to medium-high mix sugar and butter until thoroughly combined. The consistency will be like grated Parmesan cheese.
Add the 2 tablespoons of milk
Add the 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
Continue to beat until smooth
Consistency should be like thick frosting
Make dough into a ball, several balls if adding food coloring
Add the food coloring. I used a powder dye and sprinkled about 1/4 teaspoon into the dough ball
Knead the dye in with your hands
Cover dough balls with plastic wrap while working to prevent them from drying out.
Dust a flat surface with confectioners’ sugar
Make smaller balls golfball sized and roll into logs, straw-like shaped
Using a knife or pizza cutter cut pieces off the log
When finished cutting lay in a single layer on a paper towel lined cookie sheet or plate
Dust the tops of the candies with confectioners’ sugar
Allow to air dry at room temperature for about 12 hours
When candies are firm store in an airtight container
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