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Posted by wkf on March 1, 2008 | Last Updated: October 1, 2014 Baby Boy Baby Gifts Baby Girl Baby Shower Baby Wreath Buttermints

Homemade Baby Shower Buttermints

Makes about 10 dozen mints
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into slices
2 pounds powdered sugar (about 8 cups)
2 or 3 tablespoons ice water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Red or blue food coloring

In a large bowl, cut butter into sugar with two knives or your fingers. Add salt and peppermint oil and 1 tablespoon at a time the ice water, tossing with a fork. If it seems crumbly, add more ice water – but it should be somewhat crumbly, it comes together and becomes more elastic as you knead it. Form the mixture into three balls. If it still seems too crumbly, add more ice water 1 teaspoon at a time, until dough presses together easily. Turn each dough ball out onto a work surface and knead until smooth and satiny, 3 to 4 minutes.

Leave one portion of the dough untinted, then tint the other two portions light blue or pink with food coloring (use sparingly – paler colors are prettier). Knead in the food coloring until it’s evenly distributed.

Divide each of the three dough balls in half and roll into a long snake about one-half inch in diameter. (Keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap as you work so that it doesn’t dry out.) Roll the white dough first to avoid adding color from your work surface – which by the way should be impeccably clean as the dough will pick up anything on the counter. Cut the snakes into half-inch slices and spread out on cookie sheets to dry.

Toss them around on the cookie sheet until set (2 to 3 hours), uncovered, at room temperature. Then transfer them to a covered container and set in a cool place. (To improve flavor and for easier handling, let mints ripen for 2 days before serving.) Mints will keep at room temperature for 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for a month.

Notes: DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT, use your standing mixer for this – it just makes a big ol’ mess! I like the flavor of the peppermint oil better than the extract, but the oil is hard to find. Do not substitute spearmint for peppermint extract, it’s just not right!

Obviously I’m heading to a “boy” baby shower, and I’ll load white cupcake liners with the mints for each guest. If the baby gender is unknown you could do pink, white, yellow, green and blue. Keep the colors pastel, they’re prettier.

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Charlsie January 4, 2009 at 5:39pm

Hi there!
Was Googling Images for "Homemade Baby Shower Invites" and came across your Kitchen Aid disaster... I had to share! I got that mixer for Christmas this year and in the midst of making chocolate cake (Yes, from scratch)... I put too much dry into the wet and decided I would stop the mixer and mix little together by hand to get it started. Well, when I went to stop the mixer, I moved the lever in the wrong direction! POWDERED SUGAR AND COCOA POWDER was EVERYWHERE! All up my kitchen cabinet, down my kitchen cabinet, all over the counter, all over me... *lol* It was a big mess. Plus, I had to restart on my icing because all the goods went flying... just thought I would share my mixer mess with ya! :)

wkf January 4, 2009 at 9:14pm

How funny you commented today on that blog posting!
I made butter mints again today and while I was working the butter
in BY HAND I thought about all that powdered sugar everywhere - but
hey, I wouldn't give up my kitchen aid for ANYTHING!
Thanks for the comment

foxynana49 July 12, 2009 at 6:42pm

Where do you get the mint flavoring? I have looked at different places, but have not found it.

beverly September 30, 2009 at 8:24pm

can you use cinnimint oil instead

wkf November 18, 2009 at 7:26am

I like to use natural peppermint oil - not always available at the local market -

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