Melt in your mouth buttermints are easy to make at home. Buttermints make great homemade party favors and are the perfect after-dinner mints. Making homemade buttermints is fun and I’ve included lots of pictures to help you along the way.
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
food coloring optional
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