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Holly Butter Mints

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/2 hours


about 12 dozen (1-3/4 pounds)

Updated: Oct. 04, 2022
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.
Holly Butter Mints Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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
  • Sugar


  1. 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.
  2. 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 sugar. Arrange leaves and berries on serving platter. Store at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

1 mint: 21 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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