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Homemade mints without the work

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Sometime ago, I shared a recipe for "Cream Cheese Mints", which is a good and easy mint candy. The response to the recipe was very positive and I appreciate the feedback on how much many of you enjoyed the recipe. One reason I would say that the recipe was so popular was that it didn't involved the sometimes complicated methods of making mints. If you've ever tried making them the old-fashioned way, I don't have to tell you how involved it can get with the boiling, pulling and cutting of the candy in order to make them.

I've come across another homemade mint candy recipe that is as easy as the one I gave, but this one doesn't use cream cheese. Like the other, you don't cook this one either, but it's a good and easy recipe for when you would like to make mints but either don't care for, or don't have on hand, cream cheese. This recipe, "No-Cook Mint Patties", works a lot like the cream cheese version, yet it's equally as good and easy to make.

You'll see that in this recipe, you can use either peppermint extract or oil of peppermint. Peppermint extract is easily found in the spice section of the grocery. Oil of peppermint is often found in the cake decorating department of many large department stores and even at pharmacies. Some craft stores also carry it. The reason for the oil of peppermint calling for a smaller amount in comparison to the extract is because oil of peppermint is much stronger in flavor. If you really like the flavor of mint, you're sure to enjoy these!

You begin by creaming together soft butter with corn syrup and the peppermint, either the extract or oil. Then the confectioner's sugar is worked in. This will take almost exactly a pound of confectioner's sugar. When you add it, the mixture should be stiff but easy to work with without being sticky. It should be like a firm bread dough when enough sugar's been added. You may find that you won't use the full pound of the sugar, depending on the weather and temperature of your kitchen. Add the sugar gradually and work it in completely before adding more.

When it's ready, you can mold these in candy molds or simply make them into small balls and press with a fork to make a design. You can also make the mixture into a log and slice them into small patties, just like you would with cookie dough. When you have them shaped into the size you like, place on foil or waxed paper and let them stand for about an hour so that they can become firm. They can now be transferred to a covered container with waxed paper between the layers.

This is a good candy to have handy for this coming Christmas season, but don't feel you have to wait until then to make these! These are always welcome at showers, receptions and gatherings. They can also be colored with food coloring to fit your color scheme of your party.

In case you didn't get the "Cream Cheese Mint" recipe, here's the link so you can get it:

www.examiner.com/article/a-refreshing-after-dinner-treat

If you like mints with a noticeable mint flavor, this is the candy for you!

NO-COOK MINT PATTIES

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup, such as Karo
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract OR 1/4 teaspoon oil of peppermint
  • approximately 1 pound confectioner's sugar
  • food coloring (optional)

Cream together the butter, corn syrup and choice of flavorings. By hand, gradually work in the confectioner's sugar until mixture is smooth and easy to work with. Work in the food coloring by the drop until desired color is reached. Shape in candy molds or by hand by rolling into small balls and placing on a sheet of foil or waxed paper. With a fork, press into a design. Mixture may be formed into a log and sliced into thin patties. When mixture is all shaped, let stand at room temperature for about 1 hour or until firm. Transfer to a covered container with waxed paper between the layers.

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