Wedding After Dinner / Butter Mints

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I absolutely love Butter mints (normally given at restaurants after dinner). I love it especially at weddings! So delicious! However, I always like to find a way to customize traditional weddings ideas. I found a Butter Mint recipe online where you can make your very own butter mints for your wedding and then mold them into any shape you like! Isn't this a tasty idea? This would be a good idea at any holiday event, not just weddings! I, myself cannot wait to make these for the next holiday.  :) 

This entire recipe was borrowed from this love site: Uncommon Artistic Endeavor

Butter Mints

1 Stick of Butter (1/4 lb) – don’t use margarine, only real butter
1 tablespoon Half & Half or Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (the clear vanilla doesn’t add any color)
1/2 teaspoon butter extract or flavoring (this is available in clear as well)
1/8 teaspoon (scant) spearmint oil – you can use the mint oil of your choice, there are several kinds such as wintergreen, peppermint and creme de menthe
Food Coloring of your choice – the gel food colorings work way better and only take a tiny amount
2 pounds (1 bag) powdered sugar

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Soften the butter in the microwave until is is very soft but not totally melted (1 minute in my microwave), add the Half & Half, vanilla and butter extract, food coloring and mint oil and about 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.  Whip with a wire whip until very smooth and creamy.  Add powdered sugar bit by bit until a dough forms – I usually end up dumping it out on my counter so I can knead the sugar in more easily.  When you get a nice pliable, easily workable dough put it in a plastic bag to keep it moist.

If you wish to make the quick style mints, take a small amount of mint dough out of the bag and work a bit more powdered sugar into it – then roll it into a rope with your hands on the counter and then cut it in little sections with a sharp knife. Place the little sections on a piece of wax paper or parchment to dry.  Keep doing this till all the dough is used up. Leave the mints to dry for a few hours and then store in container in the fridge for a week or so or in the freezer for a month or so.

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If you wish to mold the mints, take a small amount of the mint dough out of the bag and break off a piece about the size of a marble and roll it into a ball in your hands, roll the marble sized ball of dough in some fine granulated sugar and then press into a mold and unmold immediately and place the mint on some wax paper or parchment paper to dry.  Sometimes, there is a bit of excess around the unmolded mint that is easy to trim off once the mints are dry.  Keep doing this till all the dough is used up – it can take a long time but they look lovely.  After the mints have dried for a few hours store in a container in the fridge for a week or so or in the freezer for a month or so.  It works best to store them in layers separated by parchment.

Source: Grace CM

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Happy Wedding :)