Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)
For New Year’s we snack on all kinds of treats in the hours we wait for that first moment of the New Year. This year I was trying to think of some ways to sparkle up at least a few of the foods, just to make them more fun. Sparkling up savory treats is something I have not yet figured out, BUT sweet snacks are easy. Our sparkley buttermints are sooo easy and even if all your shopping is done, you probably have everything you need on hand to whip up a batch.
This recipe is one that even young kids can help with because it’s almost like a play dough consistency. We used molds for our mints, but typically they’re just rolled into strips and then sliced into little square mints…which is perfect work even for small hands.
Our recipe was inspired by the ‘Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook‘. The major changes we made included cutting the recipe in half and adding sparkly sugar.
Enjoy the recipe and have a Fun-Filled New Year!
Sparkle Mints – Buttermints that Glitter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1/8 tsp peppermint oil (if you don't have oil, you can use extract)
- 1 Tbsp sparkley white decorating sugar, plus extra for rolling
- First have your kid-sistant add the putter and powdered sugar to your mixing bowl. We cut the butter up into chunks first.
- Then, starting on a medium low speed, start mixing your powdered sugar and butter. Once you're sure you won't get powdered sugar everywhere, turn the speed up to medium high and let it just mix a way for about 6 or so minutes.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula and then add the milk, oil and sparkley sugar and turn your mixer on to incorporate the ingredients.
- Once everything has come together, it's time for the fun part. Dust the area you'll be working with powdered sugar and pour your dough out, making it into a ball.
- Separate the ball into about 4 pieces and cover the chunks you aren't working with so they don't dry out. You can give each piece to on of the kids to work with as well.
- Roll your piece of dough into a snake like rope, to the width you want your mints.
- Sprinkle some more sparkley sugar down and roll your rope over it, cover each side.
- Next, take a butter knife and cut your rope into mint size pieces.
- Place your mints on a baking sheet and leave out overnight to dry.
- Once your mints are dry, they are ready for consuming or storing in an airtight container for at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Using a Mold
- If you use a mold, like we did, sprinkle some of the sparkley sugar into the bottom of each mold.
- Press your dough into each mold, being careful to not incorporate the sugar, but leave it so it will be on the top of your finished mint.
- Leave your mold out overnight to dry. If your molds are thicker, we recommend then putting them in the freezer for a couple of hours and then removing the mints. The molds can prohibit drying, making it difficult to remove the mints unless they are frozen.
- That's it! Enjoy your mints!
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