One of my favorite candies as a child were those wonderful melt-in-your-mouth mints that I got when my parents took us out to dinner. I can’t remember anything about the restaurants they took us to, the names or types, but I do remember that it seemed every restaurant we went to had a big bowl of these tiny mints on a podium near the entrance. The pastel-colored mints were light and sugary, and melted in my mouth. I could hardly wait till we left so I could take a spoonful and slip them into my pocket to enjoy all the way home.
A few months ago I was researching different candies to make this holiday season and came across several recipes for butter mints. I just had to try them. Zeb absolutely loves mint, it’s his favorite. So tonight, we set to work on this simple, and quick recipe and were thrilled with the results.
Old-Fashioned Butter Mints
- 1/4 Cup Softened Butter
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 3 1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. Peppermint Extract
- Green Food Coloring
Mix butter and salt in mixer till blended. Add milk, food coloring and 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract and mix until well combined.
Begin adding powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. After all the sugar has been added, taste the dough. If you want more flavor, add an additional 1/4 tsp. of extract.
Divide dough into 8 to 10 balls and roll into logs. Slice and store in air tight container in fridge.
These mints turned out perfect. They melted in my mouth just like the ones I remember from my childhood.
Memories are great, but making these mints with Zeb and making a new memory is even better, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.