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Holly Butter Mints

 Holly Butter Mints
A merrier melt-in-your-mouth sweet than this butter-mint holly would be hard to find! It's inexpensive to make, looks so lovely on a candy tray and doesn't require refrigeration.
144 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • Dash salt
  • 5-1/2 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 4 drops green paste food coloring
  • 3 to 5 drops red paste food coloring
  • Granulated sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter. Gradually add water, extract, butter
  • flavoring and salt; beat in enough confectioners' sugar on medium
  • speed until dough achieves a stiff putty consistency, about 3
  • minutes.
  • Divide dough into three portions. Knead green food coloring into two
  • portions. Knead red food coloring into remaining portion. For holly
  • leaves, shape teaspoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in granulated
  • sugar. Flatten to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a holly leaf cookie
  • cutter. For holly berries, shape 1/4 teaspoonfuls of dough into
  • balls; roll in granulated sugar. Arrange leaves and berries on
  • serving platter. Store at room temperature. Yield: about 12 dozen
  • (1-3/4 pounds).