Homemade butter mints candy is nothing new to most people. But for those who have not tried them, I would say you have to find time to try them.
I personally find these butter mints candy a very clever candy idea. After all, they are so easy to make. And are perfect to satisfy the craving for something sweet at the end of a hearty meal.
How to Make Butter Mints Candy
- Icing sugar
- Condensed milk or milk
- Mint extract
- Food coloring of choice
Making the candy
- You start the process by sifting the icing (powdered) sugar. Icing sugar tends to be lumpy and it is best sifted before making these mint candies or you could end up with tiny lumps of sugar in your candy. Once the icing sugar is sifted, set it aside.
- Place butter in a mixing bowl and cream it well.
- Add the sifted icing sugar, a little at a time (to avoid the sugar flying all over) until it is all combined with butter.
- The mixture will appear crumbly at this stage, and that is because the proportion of sugar is much more than butter.
- Add the condensed milk (or milk if you prefer) and mint essence and continue mixing until it comes together better.
- If the mixture is still crumbly, try pressing it with your fingers. It should come together into a lump. If it still appears crumbly, continue to knead with your hand. The heat in your hands will melt the butter and help the candy come together.
- If you wish to color the candy, add the color now. Mix it well.
Shaping and cutting the butter mints candy
- Next is shaping the candy. I divided my butter mints mixture into two and colored them gold and fushia (using AmeriColor Gold gel color & AmeriColor Fushcia gel color).
- Roll them (by hand) into long thin ropes and twist both colors together. Doing this is a little tricky especially if the ropes are long as they tend to break when twisted. It is best to do with shorter strips. And every time you see a crack, pinch the cracks together so that the mint strips are patched.
- Roll the twisted mint rope until it becomes smooth and is in the width you want. You can still continue to twist the strip while rolling it smoothly if you find the colors are not so well twisted. And finally, cut it into equal lengths. Let the mints set and dry before storing them in a candy jar.
- There are quite a number of different variations to butter mints candy recipes out there. While the basic ingredients remain to be butter, icing sugar and mint extract, you can add other ingredients such as vanilla to give in a little extra flavoring.
Milk or condensed milk?
- And to help the mixture come together, some butter mint recipes call for the use of milk or cream. In my recipe below, I chose to add condensed milk. I was a bit concerned about adding milk to the mixture. I was worried that the candies may not last as long and so chose to add condensed milk instead.
Use of mint
- The amount of mint extract can also vary. It’s purely a matter of personal preference as to how much mint you want to add to your butter mints. In my recipe below, the amount of mint included gives the butter mints a mild mint flavour.
- If you prefer a stronger mint taste, you can always add more. I would strongly suggest trying out with a small amount first. Add on as it seems fit for you. That way, you don’t risk ending up with a too-intensely minty butter mints.
Coloring and shaping the mints
- The other interesting fact about these butter mints is that not only can you color them as you like, you can also shape them to suit your liking. The butter mints mixture, once done is of a soft fondant consistency.
- Although not as stretchy, it can be rolled, cut and shaped into any shape. The simplest is to roll the mixture into long ropes and cut them into equal sizes. Or simply form them into small balls and flatten them lightly with the back of a drinking glass.
Homemade Butter Mints Candy Shaping Options
Here are some cool ways to shape your butter mints.
Round flat patties
- The easiest would be to roll them into round balls and press them down using the bottom of a drinking glass that has been dipped in icing sugar.
Designed with a fork
- Similar to the round flat patties shape, start by forming round balls. Place them on a parchment paper, slightly apart from one another. Use a fork to flatten the patties, leaving the fork prints on them as you do it.
- Divide the butter mint mixture into 2 and color them as you wish. Roll each color into long thin ropes.
- Twist both colors to form a twisted strip of mint. It might be a little tricky to twist the ropes as they are not quite elastic so its always better to try with not-too-long strips.
- Twist and roll until you get a well twisted, smooth rope. Cut the mint rope into equal sizes.
Rolled and cut
- Place the mixture between 2 plastic sheets. Roll to desired thickness and use a cookie cutter (dipped in icing sugar) to cut out your desired homemade butter mint shapes.
Homemade Butter Mints Candy Recipe
Here is the full printable version of my butter mints candy recipe. This amount produces about 460 g of butter mints candy mixture and the final number of mints you get will depend on how large each mint is cut or shaped into.
Butter Mints Candy
- 60 g butter
- 360 g icing sugar sifted
- 1 tbsp condensed milk or milk
- A pinch of salt
- ⅛ tsp mint extract
- Food coloring of choice
- Sift icing sugar to free from lumps.
- In a clean bowl, cream butter until smooth (with a paddle attachment). Add icing sugar, a little at a time until well combined.
- Beat until all the sugar is added and the mixture well combined. It may appear crumbly at this point and that is perfectly fine.
- Add condensed milk and mint extract and continue beating. If the mixture is still crumbly, try pressing the mixture with your fingers, if it comes together, it is ready for rolling and cutting.
- Continue kneading by hand until the mixture comes together into a ball.
- If you wish to color your butter mints, knead in the color at this stage.
- Turn the mixture onto a clean surface (dust with icing sugar if still sticky) and roll it into a long rope.
- Cut the rope into smaller sizes. Place the cut mints on a clean parchment paper and let them rest at room temperature overnight. The next day, turn them over and let them set again for another day until they have dried and set well.
- Store the mints in a candy jar.
And that’s my homemade butter mints candy recipe for you.
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