I had very nearly forgotten about butter mints until Kristan (lover of all things sparkly, and most certainly a cookbook queen) made some for a virtual baby shower last week. I decided to take another look at my own recipe for butter mints and give it a complete makeover.
Butter mints have always been standard shower fare here in the
south. Although innocent looking, they are
unapologetically sweet and best taken in small doses. Eating one is
like taking a strait shot of minty buttercream icing.
I rarely get to eat these tiny treats, aside from showers and family parties. When I sampled one from this batch I wasn’t prepared for the flavor-triggered time warp. Memories came flooding back of happy times and celebration. I love when that happens.
Instead of the usual flat discs or fancy molds, I re-imagined them into tiny fairy-sized cupcakes. I think they’d be so cute for a little girls (or big girls) tea party.
Cupcake Butter Mints
Makes 30-40 candy cupcakes [click to print]
- Small plastic candy mold, such as a mini peanut butter cup mold or other mold that would make a good cupcake bottom shape
- Piping bag fitted with a small closed star tip
1/2 cup butter softened
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp whipping cream plus 1- 1/2 for thinning batter
1/2 tsp mint oil – such as LorAnn (my favorite flavoring oils)
2-3 drops liquid green food coloring
Granulated sugar for rolling candy pieces in
Nonpareils for decorating
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter well. Gradually add powdered sugar. Mixture will be very dry. When combined, add whipping cream and mint oil and mix again. The mixture should become smooth and pliable – almost like play-doh.
Divide the candy dough in half. Return half the dough to mixer and add green food coloring; mix again and cover the candy with plastic wrap. Set aside.
Pinch off small pieces of white (uncolored) candy and roll in granulated sugar. Press into candy molds and remove. Place molded candy on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat process until all candy has been used. Let candies stand uncovered for 30 minutes.
While waiting for the white candies to dry, remove plastic wrap from green candy portion and mix on low speed in stand mixer. Add 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp whipping cream until candy is of piping consistency. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with star tip. Pipe green candy on top of cupcake bottoms and sprinkle with nonpareils.
Allow mini cupcake candies to air dry for 1 hour. After 1 hour drape a large tea towel over them and let them stand overnight. The next day cupcake butter mints should be dry to the touch. Display them on reception tables or package them in decorative bags. Can be frozen for 3 months.
Note: Fruit flavored oils could also be used with this recipe for a “butter cream candy” instead of “butter mint candy”.
For a version made with cream cheese, you can find Kristan’s recipe here.
those are absolutely darling! I'd never heard of butter mints before, but now I'd love to give them a try!
Heather, I have never had these sweet little mints before. They look like normal sized cupcakes until you see them next to the piping bag. Darling and yes, perfect for showers and sweet get togethers 🙂
LOVE these, Heather. And I love the way you think. Everything in your land is just so cute. 🙂
So cute! I haven't had butter mints since I was a kid. Love the cupcake presentation!
Yes, these are a definite staple for showers in the south. I love love love LOVE these!! I can't wait to make them for my cousin's bridal shower!
Adorable! love it!
stunning photography…absolutely stunning!
i was @ michael's today admiring the candy molds & now i must get back to purchase so i can re-create your butter mints!! the recipe looks great!
These are just beautiful! I love your cupcake idea!!
Okay Heather, These are just about the CUTEST thing I've ever seen! I just put the mini candy mold on my list, and now excuse me while I print the recipe:) THANKS!
I know it's not very southern of me buy I don't love butter mints…til now!
Could these get any cuter? Love them!
oh the butter mints….my grammy used to make 'em too….
these are just adorable…i think i'll try making them for my 5 year old neice's Birthday Party next month…just charming
thanks for sharing them…
I too have fond memories of these tasty little mints from showers and weddings at the church I grew up in! I remember when I was considered old enough to help make them as well. I felt so grown up! 🙂
I don't know. I think I would like these but it's not quite sweet enough for me. Ha! Looks amazing!!
So cute and divine looking! Never had those, but I'm sure I'd love them…
Super, super cute! Great job 🙂
Ah! Those are SO cute!
Delicious and such pretty photographs!
dear Sprinkle Bakes:
I LOVE YOU. You are amazing in every way.
oh my goodness! butter mints – my great aunts used to make them for special occasions when I was a kiddo! I *loved* them. you are just too creative, these are adorable!
these are soooooo cute!!! How fun, I love the green frosting, too. Great colors!
These are precious, adorable, darling, so freakin' cute!
Adorable Heather! These have to be the cutest mints I've ever laid eyes on!
So very adorable and so beautifully photographed. Love the shot with you holding the teeny one 🙂
what a great idea to make these mints into "cupcakes"!!
These are truly adorale. I've never tried a butter mint before…boy oh boy, what have I missed. These are just too lovely to pass by.
Oh I've been away from the South for soooo long and now that I am living in Texas, so many little memories like this return. There indeed always were those little butter mints at weddings. None, however, as fancy and beautiful as yours. I, along with everyone else, is always admiring your photography. I like how you gave everything a pale green cast. Your styling is just so professional. I am working hard to cooking and learning from your site.
I only think of making butter mints at Christmas time…I LOVE this idea with the frosting. I can't wait to try something new, thank you so much for the inspiration!
These are the cutest little things ever! Amazing creation, I love it!
how delightful and pretty! the presentation is spot-on. love it.
Oh my goodness, these are so adorable! I am thinking of having a party just so I can serve them!!!!
Too cute! I've never had these before but they look great! What is it about "mini" things that gets me every time?!
Good grief, these look delicious! And your photos are gorgeous! I'm so impressed and can't wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂
They are so cute and look amazing! I would eat at least 50 🙂
I need some molds stat, I love the deslicate color, Lovely baking and yes perfect for a toddler party
So delicate and pretty Heather! We're visiting our daughters/grands right now in Ohio and I just had to show them your beautiful site too. Did you just hear all those ooohs and ahhhhs?! xo ~Lili
Sooooo itty bitty. Adorable
These are so sweet, and delicate, and adorable! I love it.
Not being from the South (just born there) I have never heard of butter mints. These are just ADORable. So pretty too!
These are beautiful!! And yes, perfect for a little tea party or shower. Now I really need to plan some kind of tea party so I can make these 🙂
That is so cool. I love love this recipe.
I LITERALLY dreamed about these last night.
I'm not sure if I already commented..don't think so…but had to let you know I dreamed of these…and Ryan Reynolds. Very nice night.
Oh my gosh, these are absolutely fantastic!
So cute!!! I am new to your blog, I'm glad I found it! I have always loved buttermints! The photos are so amazing. I'd be afraid to try making these for fear they would never turn out that gorgeous!
These are so cute! I used to make these all the time when I was younger, with my little friends – they're fun for kids to shape. If I ever made them again, I'd try them in cupcake form!
Absolutely fabulous! Us Southern ladies know all about butter mints. 🙂 We have them around after every meal almost. Love the design!
These are adorable! I've never heard of butter mints, but I definitely like them!
as per usual, adorable! this looks seriously great! thanks for sharing, lots of love happening for this and all your posts 🙂
I am obsessed with anything mini and anything sea foam colored. Therefore, I am obsessed with these.
I don't want to make you cry, but I just noticed you have little Mam-maw's hands.
Love these little cupcakes and you too!