Homemade Butter Mints

Butter mints recipe

The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

Prep: 60 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 180 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
15 Calories
1g Fat
3g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 180
Amount per serving
Calories 15
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 0mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Homemade butter mints are the perfect after-dinner treat. These easy mints have a wonderfully smooth and creamy texture, with just a hint of vanilla. They make great gifts for the holidays and are perfect for parties, weddings, and showers too.

If you're looking for other great dinner mint options, consider making cream cheese mints.


  • 4 ounces unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 tablespoon cream (or milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • Optional: food coloring

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for butter mints
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  2. Put the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Alternately, you can use a hand mixer.) Beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and free of lumps.

    Put the butter in a bowl
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  3. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar, cream, vanilla extract, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon mint extract. Mix everything together on low speed, and once the sugar is incorporated, raise the speed to medium and beat until the candy is nice and smooth.

    Add powdered sugar
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  4. Taste the candy and add more mint extract if desired—different brands have different strengths, and it's better to start with less flavoring and add more if necessary.

  5. Dust your work surface with powdered sugar. If you want to make different colors of mints, divide your candy into smaller portions. Wrap the candy you're not using in plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out.

    Dust work surface
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  6. Add 1 to 2 drops of food coloring to 1 portion of the candy, and knead it like bread dough on the powdered sugar-covered surface. If you have disposable plastic gloves, it's a good idea to wear them to keep the food coloring from dyeing your hands. Gel colors will darken as they sit, so use a light touch with the food coloring. Knead until the color is evenly blended into the candy and the mixture is smooth and supple.

    Add a drop of food coloring
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  7. Wrap the dyed candy in plastic wrap and repeat until all of your candy is dyed your preferred colors.

    Wrap candy
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  8. Next, shape the candy. There are a number of ways to shape your candy. Below, we've outlined 3 different options.

    Shape candy
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  9. No matter how you decide to form your mints, they will need a drying period before they're ready to be served. Leave them on a baking sheet at room temperature overnight, so that they dry out on the surface and can be easily transferred and stored. (They will still be smooth and creamy on the inside!)

    Put on tray
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  10. Store butter mints in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

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Rectangular-Shaped Pillows

  1. To make small rectangular pillows, like the mints in the picture, roll a palm-sized portion of dough into a long, thin cylinder on the powdered sugar-dusted work surface.

  2. Roll until it is about 1/2-inch thick, then use a sharp knife to cut small pieces, 1/2- to 3/4-inch long.

  3. Transfer the pieces to a baking sheet and repeat the rolling and cutting process.

Shape Into Small Balls

  1. Alternately, you can roll the mints into small balls between your palms, and either leave them round like marbles or press them slightly to make discs.

Shape With Cookie Cutters

  1. Finally, you can roll the mints out like cookie dough, and use cookie cutters or fondant cutters to cut small shapes out of the candy.

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