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Butter Mints like you remember: 12 Days of Cookies Day 5

Grandmas candy dish or your favorite family restaurant. The pink and green pillows of buttery mintiness. Now you can make your own.

Butter MintsButtermints: Day 6

1/4 cup butter, softened (use salted then you don’t have to play with adding salt)

3 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar plus 1/4 cup+, if needed

1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract*

food coloring, optional

Beat butter and salt  for 1 minute on medium-high speed, butter must be soft so that you have a smooth dough. Add 3 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, milk, peppermint, and beat on medium-low speed until a dough forms. If the dough seems wet, add additional confectioners’ sugar until dough combines, maybe another 1/4 cup. The dough will come together when kneaded softly.  Taste the dough. If you want a more intense mint flavor, add additional mint extract, to taste.* Be very careful! Peppermint is very strong and can affect the taste with just a drop.  Remove dough from the mixer, separate it into 1 to 4 smaller balls, and add one ball back into the mixer. Add the food coloring of your choice to the ball by squirting the droplets inan indent in the dough and paddle on low speed until coloring is well-blended. Start with one or two drops and add as you want for intensity.

Wash the mixing bowl and the paddle in between each color change and repeat until all the balls are colored. After the dough has been colored, either wrap it with plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to be rolled out later or roll it immediately. You do not want the dough to dry out until cut.  Place a golf-ball sized amount of dough in your hands and roll dough into long thin ropes about 1 centimeter wide. Place ropes on countertop and cut. Pizza cutter is the best and fastest as you can line up a few ropes and slice into bite-sized pieces, approximately 1 centimeter long.  Place mints on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and let dry at room temperature for a day. Store finished mints in an airtight container in the refrigerator where they will keep for many weeks.