Butter Mints are so creamy and melt in your mouth. They are a staple at baby showers, wedding receptions and more.

Bowl of butter mints in various colors ready to serve.
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With only a few ingredients, Butter Mints are one of the easiest candy recipes. These old fashioned butter mints have surpassed the test of time and everyone adores them.

You might also hear them called wedding mints. I have been making homemade butter mints for years for special occasions and other events. I also make Cream Cheese Mints.

Why you will love this recipe:

  • Homemade Mints are a step above store bought. This recipe is so much better than anything you can buy.
  • It’s so easy. With only 6 ingredients, this recipe is super easy.
  • Very little prep time. The recipe comes together without much time.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for butter mints - butter, powdered sugar, food coloring, heavy cream, water.

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Heavy Cream 
  • Salt 
  • Peppermint Extract 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Food Coloring (optional) 

Jump to the recipe card at the bottom for complete instructions and ingredient list.

Variations

  • Food Coloring. Choose any color you prefer to match your celebration. You can also omit the food coloring.

How to make Butter Mints:

Bowl with butter being creamed.

Step 1. Combine the butter, heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper extract and 1 cup of the powdered sugar. I used a stand mixer but you can also use a hand mixer. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  

Bowl with powdered sugar combined with butter.

Step 2. Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. As you combine the mixture, scrape down the sides of bowl after each addition.  Continue to beat for several minutes.

Multipole bowls with mixture and food coloring.

Step 3. Separate the dough evenly into 4 bowls.  Dye one green, one yellow, one pink and one blue with food coloring.  You can continue to add 3-4 drops until the mixture is the color you prefer. Cover in plastic wrap and chill the dough until firm.

Dough rolled out and ready to cut.

Step 4. Remove one bowl from the fridge and divide the mixture into 6 sections.  Then sprinkle a work surface with powdered sugar.  Roll each into a rope that is approximately ½ inch thick.  Cut each rope into ½ inch long pieces to make the mints.

Colorful butter mints arranged on a cookie sheet to dry out.

Step 5. Once cut, put the mints on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Continue until all colors are rolled and cut.

Bowl of mints with spoon.

Step 6. Allow the mints to sit at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours until they are dried out. Then place in a serving dish and enjoy.

Tray with an assortment of mints and a spoon.

Storage

Store the butter mints inside an airtight container or bag at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks.  

Pro Tips

  • Powdered sugar and heavy cream. Powdered Sugar measurements can vary by person. If you find the dough is not the right consistency, add a tiny bit of heavy cream until the desired texture.

FAQ’s

Is there a difference between Peppermint Extract and Peppermint Oil?

Yes, peppermint oil only contains the oil and is very strong. Whereas peppermint extract includes both oil and alcohol and isn’t as strong.

Oils have a stronger flavor than extracts. Please note that essential oils are not the same thing.

Can I make mints in other shapes?

You can roll into balls, use cookie cutters or make the cuts larger. I do not recommend large shapes though as it will not dry as well.

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Butter Mints

5 from 3 votes
Butter Mints are so creamy and melt in your mouth. They are a staple at baby showers, wedding receptions and more.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Let the mints sit at room temperature 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 229

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • Food Coloring optional
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Instructions

  • Beat together the butter, heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper extract and 1 cup of powdered sugar together with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly add in the remaining powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of bowl after each addition.  Beat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Divided the mixture evenly into 4 bowls.  Dye one green, one yellow, one pink and one blue with food coloring.  Add 3-4 drops and mix in until the mixture is the color you prefer.
  • Cover the bowls and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the dough to become firm.
  • Once chilled, remove one bowl and divide the mixture into 6 sections.  Sprinkle a work surface with powdered sugar.  Roll each into a rope that is approximately ½ inch thick.  Then cut each rope into ½ inch long pieces.
  • Place the mints on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Continue this process with the remaining bowls.
  • Let the mints sit at room temperature for 24-48 hours until they are completely dried out.
  • Then the mints are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover mints in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 229kcal, Carbohydrates 40g, Protein 0.1g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 22mg, Sodium 51mg, Potassium 5mg, Sugar 39g, Vitamin A 255IU, Vitamin C 0.01mg, Calcium 4mg, Iron 0.03mg

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