Introduction: Easy After Dinner Mints

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My Sister & I decided to make these mints for the candy contest, here is a easy tutorial to show you how we did it. 
It's a fun thing to make & reminds us of playing with play-doh.. except, well.. you can eat this!


2 1/2 Cups Icing Sugar (Confectioner's Sugar)
3 Tablespoons Softened Butter or Margarine 
2 Tablespoons Cream
1/2 Teaspoon Peppermint Flavouring  (we only used 1/4 Teaspoon because we used real peppermint oil)
Food Colouring

Note: I tried to add little notes to the pictures but it was taking waaay too long, sorry.

Step 1: Mix the Ingredients

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Mix icing sugar , butter/margarine , cream & peppermint flavouring together in a bowl with a fork.
(If you don't feel that you're butter/margarine isn't soft enough put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds)

Your mixture might not seem like it would make good dough, but once you knead it in the next step you'll see that there's nothing to worry about.

Step 2: Knead the Sugar Dough

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Your mixture will probably be a little crumbly in the bowl, so I suggest kneading it a little in the bowl before putting it on the counter.

Once it has joined all together & is more malleable, flip the bowl over to get the dough out onto the counter.

Now I know that there are different ways to knead but this is just the way I had done it:
Use your hands to form your dough a bit into a ball, then squish it down so that it's flat & then fold it back over onto itself & repeat until the dough is soft & easy to form.

Step 3: Colour the Dough

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Once your dough it kneaded & easy to squish around & form it's time to colour it!

We wanted 4 different colours of mints so we separated the dough into 4... blobs? Haha.

We then put them in separate bowl (because our counter top is white & we didn't want to stain it) & then added the food colouring.
You really only need 1 drop at the most, & if you want soft coloured mints (like the ones they give away at weddings) you probably want even less food colouring... or maybe more dough.
You can mix it in the bowl with your hands but after a while it gets annoying to do, so in the end you'll probably end up taking the balls out of the bowl to mix it (in your hands, not on the counter top :P )

Step 4: Roll the Dough

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Now you're going to want to roll the dough out into a rope to make the little pillow shapes.. or whatever shapes you want.. or just eat the blob of dough like my sister suggested.

There are different ways to roll the dough:
1. You can roll it between your hands vertically so that the rope that the dough forms would just lower onto the counter, but we found our dough was too soft to do this & it would just break off. 
2. You can rolls the entire ball of dough out into a rope with your palms on the counter
3. You can roll the dough into a small log & take pieces off of it to roll with your fingers.

We ended up with number 3:
Roll the ball of dough into a small log & from there rip small chunks of the dough off of the log to use.
With your small chunk, roll it out a little with your palm & the place your 2 index fingers in the middle of the dough rope & rock it back & forth, while moving your index fingers outward. 
This will stretch the rope out.

In our case the rope broke a few times, but we just continued on. It doesnt have to be perfect.

Step 5: Cut/shape the Dough

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Now you're going to cut the dough.
If your dough is stiff enough you can cut the ropes with scissors to get the desired "pillow" effect.
Our dough wasn't stiff enough to cut with scissors so we just cut it with an icing knife, but you can use any knife really (I know not every one has an icing knife)

What do we do with these pieces now that they're cut?
Get out a cookie sheet, cover it with wax paper & place your mints on that.
You can roll them in icing sugar before placing them on the wax paper, we felt that there was enough sugar in these mints so we skipped that step.

For the best results you should leave them to dry on the wax paper for a few days, or at least overnight.
But that didn't matter to my family because they were picking at them right after they were done, which is still pretty tasty & they just melt in your mouth.

Step 6: Final Result

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You can really make anything you want with these mints! 
Heck, you don't even need to make them mints.. if you want to make the coloured dough different flavours, just make the dough without adding the flavour & then when the dough is separated into the balls just add different flavours to each ball. You can use orange flavouring, or vanilla, or lemon, what ever flavour you want really! Experiment.

We decided to shape our other colours differently than just making the pillows.
Blue = Pillows
Red = Strawberries
Yellow = Bananas 
Green = Mint leaves / Pillows /  & some strawberry leaves

If you want to spend the time you can form the dough into some really amazing stuff, we just wanted to have fun with it this time. Our mother is a cake decorator so we make these with her quite often, & the detail that you can put into them can be amazing.
Or you can just put the dough into some candy molds if you want to cheat : P

These are a really easy & fun candy to make.
Make them with your kids, they'll have tons of fun! Like I said in the beginning it's like play-doh you can eat!

I hope that anyone that makes these has as much fun with them as my sister & I did : D


lfann (author)2011-12-13

What kind of "cream" are you referring to in this recipe??

GeneralMalfunction (author)lfann2011-12-13

Just regular table cream, I believe the kind I used was 18%

Would half-n-half or whole milk work or does it have to be cream?

I'm not entirely sure, the recipe calls for cream, I would assume that half-n-half or whole milk wouldn't give you the desired results

then maybe use 1/2 of the amount of cream if u r using half + half, milk..... i think ..... NOPE.

cupcakepopcorn234 (author)2016-03-25

hehe.. i would make it but i don't have cream

i actually now have half + half, :P gotta make em before le 4th of july! (quick thought: ! : 1 shape into pokemon. 2. catch and eat all of le mint pkmn XD)

AmandaG160 made it! (author)2016-10-23

Loved this tutorial! Last Christmas, I used it to make buttermints for the family...Several batches later, I have been banned from telling my mother-in-law when I've made them because she's 'addicted.' The rest of the family tend to empty the bowl when I bring them to gatherings...and the recipe above makes nearly a quart of mints like the ones in my photos. I wanted to share with y'all the technique I came up with for the Christmas; it's based on a clay-making technique called "millefiore," only instead of making a design on the inside of the ropes, you make it on the outside. The mints in my photos there were made using that technique.

The trick is to layer ropes of alternating colors of dough. Once you've rolled them out to a workable size, the pieces you cut off will have pinstripes and bands. In some cases, the ropes will break off or the separate pieces will fall apart; just work that portion with your hands a few times and try again. You can get some really awesome marbled patterns with it, and sometimes you'll get much finer stripes than you planned on! Of course, these are just some of the nicest ones...the ugly ones get eaten first. ;)

A few pointers from several batches of experience: *You can avoid the hand-kneading and speed up your prep by using a stand mixer. Combine ingredients as per the tutorial in a mixing bowl. Start on lowest with the regular 'bladed' beaters, using a spatula to scrape the sides down. As the ingredients mix, progressively raise the speed until you've got all the chunks out; the dough should still be really soft and possibly a little lumpy. Exchange the beaters for dough hooks and keep mixing until the dough starts stiffening up to a workable consistency. If you're using more than one color of dough, you'll want to separate it and hand-knead the dye into each. *If you're using more than one color of dough at a time like I do, you'll need to keep the extra dough wrapped in saran wrap or zipper bags or it'll dry out. Just cut off a chunk of whichever colors you want for the current set, wrap the rest, then rinse, lather, repeat. Eventually, your dough may start feeling a little crumbly on the outside; this is just a little layer of sugar that's drying out. Work it around with your hands like clay to redistribute the dry sugar, and it's as good as new. *If you're using more than one color, you will need to either wear gloves or scrub the dye off your hands EVERY TIME you change colors. Dye that hasn't transferred from your skin to anything else can still be transferred to the dough; your white dough will look like it rolled in a box of crayon shavings. *Some colors will darken as the mints harden, as evidenced by the mints below...the 'dark red' turned brown, but the blue didn't change. *If you want mints with a deep coloring, you'll need to add a LOT of food coloring...which tends to upset the liquid balance; to fix this, you'll need to add more sugar until it's the right consistency again...or use gel coloring instead of liquid. *Heavy Whipping Cream makes AWESOME mints, and you can freeze the rest in cubes for coffee!

Lastly, a question. I'm wanting to make a batch for a Halloween party -- black, orange, purple, grey, and green! -- with Lemon oil flavoring; what amounts would y'all suggest? The bottles I purchased don't come with a dropper top, just a pour spout.

Thanks for this great tutorial, y'all! Ya did wonderfully!

barkingdogbraclets (author)2015-09-21

could you use coffee creamer

manintveld_nl (author)2012-01-28

That was awesome! And so easy ..

KelliBelli (author)2011-07-27

YUMMMMMM! Thanks for the recipe! We will totally be enjoying these throughout the days!

scoochmaroo (author)2011-03-13

Looks like fun!!

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