Butter mints are a great, yet inexpensive, way to create favors for your event whether it’s a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, and more! These easy-to-make mints can be placed in small organza bags, little glass jars, or any other favor container. They can also be made in any color to match your event. You can try playing around with flavor extracts in order to find one you like best. Though this recipe traditionally calls for peppermint extract/oil, you can try making these in cherry, orange, or a light refreshing lemon. Personally, I love these in peppermint and think they would be a great palate cleanser after the meal at your event. There are a number of variations of this recipe, but the one below is closest to the one used by the person who introduced me to these mints. Enjoy!
1 (3 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 drops peppermint oil
any color of food coloring paste (optional)
1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and confectioner’s sugar. Mix in peppermint oil. Color as desired with food coloring paste, or leave white.
2. Roll mixture into small balls and place on waxed paper. Flatten with a fork dipped in confectioner’s sugar. Let dry for about 2 hours on wax paper, then freeze or refrigerate.
Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com.
RECOMMENDATIONS: My friend who makes these quite often recommends rolling the balls in granulated sugar and then pressing them into various molds to give them a shape. The sugar prevents the mints from sticking in the molds. She makes these as daises (shown), hearts, shells, and more. She also uses butter flavoring rather than real butter. In addition, she lets them dry for several days and then places them in a container, but does not refrigerate. According to her, they remain fresh for about a week. They are also softer (and yummier!) in the middle if they are left at room temperature. Somehow, they do not spoil and are perfectly edible. She has made these for several weddings.