With just five ingredients, you can make sweet and creamy homemade butter mints. They are perfect for any gathering, and make great gifts!
homemade butter mints
If you’ve ever eaten butter mints at weddings or after a meal at a restaurant, you know that they just melt in your mouth. Am I right?!
Well this homemade version is even creamier! They dissolve into melty pools of minty goodness within seconds. They’re great favors for showers, parties, or just to have on hand!
Homemade butter mints do need to dry for at least 24 hours, so plan ahead. And if your house is like mine, you will have to hide them during the drying process, or they will all disappear!
How to make Butter Mints
BEAT. Place your soft butter, cream, salt, peppermint oil, and ¾ cup of the powdered sugar in the bowl of a Kitchen-aid. Beat till smooth and creamy, scraping the side of the bowl a couple times.
(Note: The peppermint oil used here is the kind you find in the baking isle – not essential oils.)
Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula often. Add food coloring if desired. Beat for 2-3 minutes till soft and fluffy.
Scrape the mixture to the bottom of the bowl, and press plastic wrap firmly over the surface.
CHILL & CUT. Chill for at least an hour, or till firm enough to handle. Divide into 5-6 sections. Sprinkle your counter with powdered sugar and roll each section into a rope about ½″ thick.
Use a dough scraper, sharp knife, or pizza cutter to cut each rope into pieces about ½″ long.
DRY. Place each mint on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper. Let sit at room temperature for 24-48 hours to dry out.
Even after drying, they won’t be as hard as the commercial butter mints. Their soft middles are what make them so deliciously creamy and irresistible!
How to store + Freeze butter mints
How to store butter mints: Store them in a container so that they don’t get smashed. They will keep at room temperature for a couple weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month..
Can you freeze butter mints? Yes – you can freeze mints in airtight containers or in heavy duty freezer bags for up to 2 months.
But trust us – these won’t last long in your home. 😉
Everyone loves this butter mint candy recipe. They make take a little time, but they’re simple and so delicious. 🙂
For more easy candy recipes, check out:
- Creamy Microwave Caramels
- Caramel Chocolate Truffles (Brigadeiro)
- Homemade Turtles
- Candy Rolo Bites
- Pretzel Toffee
Butter Mints Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 Tbsp cream
- 1 pinch salt
- 5-6 drops peppermint oil
- 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 drops food coloring, optional
- Beat butter, cream, salt, peppermint oil, and 3/4 cup of the powdered sugar in a Kitchenaid till very smooth and creamy.
- Slowly add in the remaining powdered sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl often. Add food coloring if desired. Beat for 2-4 minutes, or till smooth and fluffy.
- Scrape all of the mixture into a mound, cover tightly with plastic wrap. Chill for at least an hour.
- When mixture is firm enough to handle, divide it into 5 or 6 pieces. To form mints, sprinkle your counter liberally with powdered sugar. Roll each piece out into a rope about 1/2" thick.
- Use a dough scraper to cut each rope into small pillow shaped pieces approximately 1/2" long. Place each mint on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Let mints sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours to dry out.