Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Break Fun

Butter Mints 3

Maybe the picture didn’t intrigue you and make you want to read more...but, you should!

This recipe for Butter Mints is amazing. It’s not the taste, although they are good if you like butter mints, but the WOW factor here is the amount of time it will keep your children busy.

When I was young, a good friend introduced me to the wonders of homemade butter mints and, luckily, I didn’t lose the recipe because this is a great activity for children. Depending on the age of your children, they can do a lot of this all by themselves.

With spring break time upon us, (and a need for activities for the children who are home all week) you just might want to make sure you have the ingredients on hand!

Butter Mints
1/3 cups light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter—room temperature
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pound powdered sugar
food coloring

Mix all ingredients except food coloring to make your dough—I prefer to use my Kitchen-Aid because it does it quickly, but this can be mixed by hand as well.

Decide how many different colors you want and divide the dough into that number of dough balls.

Make a well in the dough with your finger and add food coloring.

Carefully knead the dough in a glass bowl (so the food coloring won’t stain it). As you slowly knead the dough, you will disperse the food coloring and, hopefully, it won't stain your fingers.
Go slow so it doesn’t squirt out at you!
Butter Mints 1

Knead until the food coloring has completely colored the dough.

Repeat for each of the dough balls/colors you would like.
Butter Mints 2

To prevent drying, wrap each dough ball in cellophane until you are ready to use it.
Butter Mints 3

Put wax paper on your work surface so you don’t get food coloring on it.

Use tiny cookie cutters, kitchen tools and your imagination to make shapes out of the dough.

This is the part where my children were captivated for quite a while—over an hour! And, if they happened to sneak a taste or two, it didn't matter at all because this really is food, albeit sugary food!Butter Mints 4

When finished making shapes, store butter mints in an airtight container. The thought of eating these after my chlildren played with the dough this much turned my stomach just a little, but they happily ate them up for treats over the next couple of weeks. The last batch we made lasted for two plus weeks, but I wouldn’t really recommend that long—maybe a week!?
Butter Mints 5

Any activity keeps all of my children busy for such a long time is a keeper for me!

I'm linking this idea to THESE great link parties!


Anonymous,  said... March 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM  

Those colors are so fun. My mom used to make homemade playdoh when I was a kid, but I never heard of the edible kind until a few years ago. I love mint anything, so it was a good thing my mom didn't know about this one. It would have been eaten instead of played with!

Unknown,  said... March 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

Oooooh! So much fun!

I'd love to have you share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop by and check it out!

Dawn,  said... March 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

my kids don't have spring break until april but i'm definitely filing this away-they will all love it! food you can play with and eat and it's candy-perfect!!

Anonymous,  said... March 26, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

I really had no idea what this was at first (I was thinking it was play dough!), but they look so yummy!!

nest of posies,  said... March 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

i agree ~ fabulous colors & what a amazing recipe to entertain the kids. how fun is this!

thanks for linking up to the SPRING FLING!


Kelley,  said... March 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

Day 1 of Spring Break and I just did this activity with the kids. They loved it and can't wait to eat them later! Thanks for the great idea!

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