Mints are delectable little treats for your tongue that you can make at home in a snap. Whether you prefer peppermints, party mints or butter mints, these recipes will satisfy your hankering for mints. They are quick, easy and affordable. Mints make great gifts and everyone loves gifts from the kitchen. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to make some mint magic.
8 tbsp butter
2 lbs confectioner’s sugar
16 drops of peppermint oil (extract)
4 tbsp cold water
Melt butter and stir in sugar, peppermint and water. Knead the dough until smooth and firm. If you want, you can knead in a few drops of food coloring to spruce up the mints. You can also divide the dough and use different colors for each section. Red does not work very well. You can either press the dough into shapes of your choosing or put the dough in a cookie press and squeeze out specific shapes. This recipe should make 3 lbs of mints.
3 cups sugar
1 cup boiling water
12 drops peppermint extract
Add sugar to boiling water and stir to dissolve. Boil for ten minutes and then remove the pan from the heat. Add the peppermint and beat until it forms the proper consistency. Drop from a spoon onto a buttered tray and let cool. Remove from tray and package.
4 oz cream cheese
½ tsp flavoring of your preference
3 1/3 cups powdered sugar
Food coloring, if desired
Blend cream cheese, flavoring and color together. Gradually add powdered sugar. Break off small pieces of dough and roll in granulated sugar. Press the pieces into a candy mold to create the shape you like. Unmold immediately on wax paper and refrigerate. This recipe makes 80 to 100 mints, depending upon the size of your mold.
Place mints on platters to serve. You can also place the mints in food gift boxes and wrap them as gifts for teachers, coworkers and others you want to remember on special occasions and holidays. Make several batches and use different colors. Add different flavors like wintergreen, spearmint and others you like to make your mints unique.