Butter Mint Dough to Make Ahead for the Holidays

Tasty butter mint dough + a little creativity = lots of fun at the holidays.

The taste reminds me of the little butter mints you sometimes enjoy as you are leaving a nice restaurant. Making cute little mementos out of dough brings out your inner child. Just let your creativity run wild – think “play dough.”

We recently created Easter eggs, hearts, 4 leaf clovers and lots of animal critters.  Other ideas that immediately come to mind include candy canes, stars and flowers. They are a perfect little favor at the end of a celebration and can be used as a decoration on a cake too. (Did I mention they are lots of fun to make!)

Read on for the directions and tips to make ahead and yes…freeze!

This recipe makes a piece of dough about the size of a small grapefruit. It is inspired by an American Girl project my girls and I tried!


1 Tablespoon butter (not margarine)
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
Food coloring


Cream butter and corn syrup in a bowl. Add salt and peppermint extract. Gradually add powdered sugar until mixture thickens to a dough consistency. Continue to knead dough adding more powdered sugar if necessary until dough is thick enough to mold.

Break dough into portions to color. This batch was broken into 4 equal portions.

To color the dough make a small well in the middle of the dough and squeeze a drop of food coloring in the well. Mix–but, head the warning.

Warning: Adding the food coloring can get messy. Be sure to supervise young ones, work over an area that can be easily cleaned and wear an apron or clothes that can get messy.

Make a small well in the center of the dough and place 1 drop of food coloring inside. Repeat to get to the desired color.
The purple batch is not fully mixed–on purpose!
Small cookie cutters work best!

Tips and Suggestions:

  • Dough works best when slightly cool and kneaded. During the course of working with the dough, you may have to knead it to return it to a nice, pliable consistency.
  • Making items out of small balls are easiest. Visit a baked clay site for ideas.
  • Use small cookie cutters to create a desired shape.
  • Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag for about a week in the refrigerator.
  • Dough freezes best when it is slightly on the wet side.
  • After you defrost the dough in the refrigerator, knead it to get it to the desired consistency.
  • Too wet? Add very small amounts of powered sugar in batches and knead until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Too dry? Add a drop or two of light corn syrup and knead until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • For those with food allergies, Fleischmann’s Unsalted works well.
Please share what you plan to make with butter mint dough!!



  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the sesonality of this recipe…looking forward to baking them!

  2. Marjory says:

    Actually…no baking involved!

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