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The official First Day of Spring is next week! Spring Break is already in full swing. Flowers are coming into bloom, and the trees are budding. (I could do without the pollen, but that’s a different story.) All in all, it’s a glorious time of the year. My favorite part is all the colors of Spring. These Pretty Mint Patties are my tribute to the season.
I love making these guys! They’re so easy, a great kid project (it’s a no-bake/no-cook recipe), and there’s so much you can do with them. The candy base is white and will take on any color of food coloring. I used bright pastel colors for Spring. I’ve done pinks and blues for baby showers, red, white, and blue for the 4th, orange and black (black food coloring is so much fun!) for Halloween, bright red and green for the holidays – you get my drift. Mint extract, peppermint, or spearmint, is my flavor of choice. However, you can get as creative as you want with the flavor extract
This is an easy recipe, but a couple of things will affect the outcome. Make sure the butter is softened. Cold butter won’t work. I recommend using a stand mixer. The mixture gets so thick and heavy, it would really test a hand-held mixer. Regardless of the mixer type, mix-in the powdered sugar at LOW speed. If the speed is too high, the powdered sugar won’t properly combine with the butter and corn syrup. The result is a dry, crumbly mess. (“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want”. I know about dry & crumbly from experience! Should you do end up with a dry, crumbly mess, just add more soft butter and corn syrup. It can be revived.)
The mixer only handles 3 of the 4 cups of (confectioners) powdered sugar. The fourth cup gets kneaded in by hand. Just like bread dough, a little muscle is required. If the kids are helping, have them take turns, so they don’t get tired out. Once all the sugar is incorporated, it can be divided into four portions to color. Gel food coloring works the best. Like the flavor extracts, you can always deepen the color — error on the side of caution. Knead the color in and add more as needed. (Knead and needed – I like it). When the desired color shade is achieved, use a rounded teaspoon or a melon baller to make ¾ inch balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar and place them on a baking sheet. Flatten the balls with a fork. The mints need to sit for a day to dry. Store them in an air-tight container.
Colorful homemade mint patties are a wonderful Spring treat for family and a beautiful after-dinner sweet for guests. Enjoy!
Pretty Mint PattiesCourse: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
These yummy, colorful no-bake/no-cook mint patties are an impressive treat that is easy for the kids to make. The flavor, colors, and shape can be customized to any occasion.
• 1/3 cup butter, softened
• 1/3 cup light corn syrup
• 4 cups confectioners powdered sugar, divided
• 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
• ½ cup granulated sugar (to roll balls in)
- Beat butter and corn syrup together until smooth. Add 1 cups powdered sugar and mix on low speed until completely blended. Add a second cup of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until completely blended. Add the mint extract and third cup of powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. Mixture will be thick and can be formed into a ball. It may be sticky.
- Turn ball onto a large cutting board or work surface covered with the 4th cup of powdered sugar. Knead the mixture until sugar is absorbed and is completely smooth. Divide dough into four portions. Place portions in individual bowls and add several drops of food coloring to each bowl. With your hands, work in the food coloring (wear plastic gloves to keep your hands color-free) until the color is evenly distributed. Add additional drops of color, as needed.
- Using a small cookie scoop/melon baller shape or rounded teaspoon scoop into ¾ inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place mint balls on a parchment paper or a silicon mat lined baking sheet. Flatten gently with a fork. Let candies stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 day. Store in an airtight container.
- Mix dough on low speed! Too high of a speed will cause the dough to become dry and crumbly. If that happens, add more butter and corn syrup to revive it.
- Any flavor of extract can be used (lemon, orange, banana, coconut, almond)
- Gel food coloring works best, but any kind can be used. I chose pastel coloring (pink, violet, teal, and yellow)
- Patties are the traditional shape, but the dough will hold any form. It an also be rolled out and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Easter shapes are perfect for Spring.