A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors!

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Easy Homemade Buttermints! A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Easy Homemade Buttermints

As a kid, buttermints were always the indulgent pseudo dessert we got after having dinner at a semi-fancy restaurant.

And if you were really lucky, the waitress slipped you a few extra mints, probably because you were either Very Well Behaved or just Too Darn Cute for Words.

I grew up in the south, so both of these are legitimate units of measure for ranking children.

I always had to rely on my red hair and big brown eyes to score extra candy, because I most certainly never earned them. I was way too much of a brat for that. But at least my mother let me play toward my strengths, allowing me to grow my hair long, even though I fought her every day about brushing it.

Because I was bratty.

Easy Homemade Buttermints! A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Sometimes I think my parents must have been saints for even daring to bring a little monster like me out in public, but if they hadn’t, then I wouldn’t have such great memories of admiring my candy haul as we left the restaurant and walked back to our car.

And whether it’s just selective memory or how it actually happened, my most vivid memories of this are from early summer, feeling the breeze of humid air as I debated whether to eat all the buttermints at once or savor them one-at-a-time style.

I always started out with one-at-a-time and ended with all-at-once.

Self-control has never been my strong suit.

Easy Homemade Buttermints! A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Ever since then, I’ve always thought of buttermints as a springtime candy. I’m sure the bright, festive colors help with that, too – they look so festive sitting in a small bowl and surrounded by newfound greenery. But buttermints are also a bit of an elusive candy, as I typically only found them during select holiday sales or in the Cracker Barrel gift shop.

So when I found out I could actually make buttermints at home, I was so totally on board.

Phoenix is also in the middle of “springsummer,” which is just a small window of time where we have fairly reasonable weather before the 100+ degree temperatures come roaring in, so I jumped at the chance to make these buttermints now while I can still sit on the back porch and enjoy them properly.

And I might even share a few with an old friend of mine.

Maybe.

Easy Homemade Buttermints! A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors! | HomemadeHooplah.com

I thought this recipe was actually pretty fun to make, too – but then, I’m always a fan of the more hands-on desserts (and any excuse to use my much-neglected pizza cutter is a win in my book). And surprisingly enough, in some ways, I think I like these homemade buttermints better than the store bought (or restaurant acquired) kind.

The homemade version has a softer taste, and though the mints do become firm up enough to hold their shape, they never fully dry out, so they will literally – as my father would say – “melt in your mouth.”

notes & tips for this buttermint recipe

Easy Homemade Buttermints! A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Easy Homemade Buttermints! A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.12 from 18 votes

Easy Homemade Buttermints

40 mins prep + 8 hrs Setting Time
338 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
A perfect appetizer or gift, this melt-in-your-mouth buttermint recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home. Customize them with different colors!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint oil
  • 2 tablespoon whole milk
  • food coloring, optional

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), whip chilled & diced butter on low until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, blending inbetween. Increase speed to medium-high and mix until sugar and butter are thoroughly combined. Consistency should be like grated parmesan cheese. Tip: If powdered sugar shoots out of bowl while mixing, drape and loosely hold a paper towel over the exposed area of the bowl.
  • Add milk and peppermint oil to bowl, then beat until smooth. Consistency should now be like thick frosting, but not too sticky.
  • If adding food coloring, divide the buttermint dough into as many bowls as colors you plan to use. Add food coloring (typically just 1-2 drops is sufficient) and knead it in with your hands. As you work through the next steps, cover any exposed dough with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out too fast.
  • Line a baking sheet with a few layers of paper towels and set nearby. Pour some powdered sugar in a small bowl and set within reach. Prepare a flat surface by dusting it with powdered sugar, then dust your hands with more powdered sugar.  
  • Scoop out a golfball-sized piece of buttermint dough and roll into a log, roughly a 1/2 inch in diameter, on the sugar-dusted surface. Add additional powdered sugar as necessary to lessen any stickiness.
  • Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, begin cutting pieces off the dough log that are roughly 1/2 inch in length. When candy has been cut, set in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
  • When candies have all been cut, dust the tops with more sugar (optional). Allow candies to dry at room temperature, uncovered, for 8-12 hours.
  • Once candies are firm, candies can be stored in an airtight container, layered with wax or parchment paper, for up to 2 weeks. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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27 comments

    • Triskit
    • 5 stars

    I tried the recipe. My powdered sugar is organic and I used pure essential oil but more was needed 2 get mint flavor strong. Yummy!

    • Hallie

    Hey Chrisy,

    In the instructions, it says “This recipe calls for peppermint extract, which is not the same thing as peppermint extract. ” When I clicked on the links they appear to be the exact same link to pure mint extract. Should one of these be peppermint oil? Just looking for some clarification :). Thank you!

    Hallie

      • Chrisy

      Hey Hallie, thanks for catching that! I totally talked myself in circles 😀 This recipe uses pure peppermint oil, not the extract. I’ve updated the text and the links should work now. Sorry about that!

    • Diane

    About how much does this recipe make?

      • Chrisy

      Hey Diane! The recipe makes about 4 cups finished buttermints.

    • JosieQ

    I’ve been searching for ages for a recipe that’s like the butter mints you get at Chick-Fil-A or Zaxby’s, and what I keep getting is recipes that are kinda mushy inside. (Some call it “creamy”, but yeah.)

    The flavor is good but I just don’t like that soft give on the inside. I want it to be firmer.

    Can anyone tell me what I can do to make them more dry? Not super hard and brittle, just not… you know… mushy inside. XD

    (One person commented somewhere: “Add more sugar”, and naturally that was utterly unhelpful. How MUCH more sugar? A tablespoon? A cup, a pound, a truckload?)

    • Patti Crandall

    Chrisy,
    I found your recipe today and am going to make with my 4 ya old Grandson, today. I won’t be blaming you if they don’t turn out. Lola recipe I had many yes ago you used your hands to mix the ingredients. Thank you for sharing.

    • I appreciate that Patti! Though I do hope they turned out great and that your grandson liked them 🙂

    • Jean

    These look yummy. Can they be frozen and brought out when company stops by?
    I live alone and if I don’t freeze them, I’m liable to eat them all. Yikes!

    • Hey Jean! I’m so sorry I missed your comment until now. I think these would be safe to freeze, but it would probably be best to keep it under 1 month if you can.

    • Leslie

    Is they were tested to have large amounts of bacteria on them as patrons went to bathroom prior to leaving, then pick out the mints they want with their unwashed hands. Some restaurants came up with clever dispensers that drop mints into patrons hands but other restaurants switched to wrapped mints to be safe. This makes homemade much more appealing!

    • Leslie

    The reason you don’t see these mints out near registers in restaurants

    • Abigail
    • 5 stars

    I didn’t realize they were pretty easy to make! Looks delicious and love the colors. Pinned. 🙂

    • Thank you Abigail! I was surprised how easy it was, too.

    • Jenna Johnson
    • 5 stars

    I can’t seem to recall a memory of buttermints but I love them! I just see them out on tables at certain businesses all the time.

    • That’s usually where I see them these days, too. Either I’m too old or restaurants don’t hand them out like they used to 🙂

    • Anna @annaDishes
    • 5 stars

    I never would have thought to make these at home! How cool. Lovely colors.

    • Thank you Anna 😀 I saw the recipe a few months back – there’s a couple different methods, but this seemed the easiest to start out with. Nice for a quick fix.

    • Rachael {La Fuji Mama}
    • 5 stars

    I have memories of sneaking handfuls of individually wrapped buttermints into my pockets at some restaurant when I was little and then gorging on them later on. Mmmmm… I’ve made buttermints before using a method where you have to pull the dough, like taffy, and it’s super hard when it’s finished, but softens up overnight when it’s in an airtight container. Weird right? This method looks much simpler!

    • Interesting method! Kind of has me curious to try it. The buttermints in this recipe come out very soft, but it means they don’t keep as long as a standard hard candy. Just have to eat them fast I guess!

    • Heather // girlichef
    • 5 stars

    I have always wanted to make homemade buttermints, I had no idea how easy it was. These look awesome! I happen to have everything on hand to make them, too – squee!

    • 😀 If you make them, I hope you like them! The batch I made for this post is already gone.

    • Rachel Cooks
    • 5 stars

    I’ve always wanted to try these! Yours look amazing!

    • Thanks! They take a little time, but totally worth it 😀

    • Shannon @ Dinner from the Heart
    • 5 stars

    I love buttermints! These look so fun and I love the colors. I’ve never made these before – they are now going on my list of things to make. 🙂

    • Thank you Shannon 😀 Hope you like them!

        • Ella

        Is it possible to make a vegan version of these using coconut oil, dextrose and non dairy milk I wonder….