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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Peppermints

I am worn out after the Christmas homes tour yesterday over at Kelly's Korner.  So many beautiful houses and so many wonderful traditions.  Go and check it out if you haven't.

I have a holiday party at my work on Tuesday.  We are all to bring desserts as the meal will be catered.  I decided to make an after dinner mint for us.  These are easy to do and so delicious.

More fun with your favorite sou chef!
 Super easy to make, a great gift for those in your neighborhood or as an addition to your cookie tray.

1/4 c butter, softened
1/3 c light corn syrup
4 c confectioner's sugar, divided
1 t peppermint extract (or any flavor!)
gel food coloring in your favorite Christmas colors
1/2 c granulated sugar

Combine butter and corn syrup together.  To make your corn syrup come out of your measuring cup easier, spray the cup with Pam first, then measure out the syrup, then pour into your bowl.  Clean up is so much easier!  Add 2 cups of the confectioner's (powdered) sugar and beat until well combined.  I did this all by hand, but you could use a mixer to make this part easier.  Add extract and beat more.  Taste to see if the extract is strong enough. Stir in one more cup of confectioner's sugar.  Turn out onto the counter sprinkled in advance with more confectioner's sugar.  Knead until the dough is no longer sticky adding confectioner's sugar as needed.  Divide dough into the number of colors you are making.  Tint one portion of the dough, kneading in the color.  Repeat with the other doughs until all doughs are the color you want.  Shape into small balls, 3/4 inch or 1/2 inch.  Flatten with the back of a glass dipped in granulated sugar.  Or, place the balls in the granulated sugar and roll around to coat.  Flatten with a fork or with a star anise.  Such cute possibilities here!  Let the candies stand at room temp for a day.

Easy, yummy and pretty!

Would you like to comment?

  1. They look pretty and tasty too! The best combo!

  2. I make a cream cheese mints with a Holly shaped mold, sometimes, if time will allow.


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