Happy Halloween month all! This is my FAVORITE season, I love “force field” month as I call it and everything that comes with it. Usually in my life, nothing bad happens in October, hence the name “force field month”. With Halloween fast approaching I’ve been in the spirit since late August. Haha. All this month I am going to feature various “spooky” or at the very least seasonal recipes. If I find enough I love I may do a round up type post at the very end?
This week I feature a party favor/dish often enjoyed at baby showers, weddings or your grandparents’ house. Instead I’m making it timely, because after all, who isn’t looking for a quick, fun personal and inexpensive dish to bring to your next gathering? When I found out McCormick has NEON food coloring a year or two ago I knew I had to use it. When I find a mission though, I often decide it has to be AMAZING or nothing at all. Well, I am more than pleased with the debut of the neon colors and I think you will be too.
What you will need:
- 1/4 cup Butter (salted or unsalted)
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt (if using unsalted butter)
- 3 1/2 cups Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Peppermint Extract
- Food Coloring (McCormick NEON colors)
- In a large bowl mix the softened butter with salt or simply beat the butter using a hand mixer if already salted. Beat for approximately 1 minute. If using a stand mixer, make sure you have the paddle attachment
- Next add in the sugar, milk and extract. Beat on medium until well blended. This part will be messy, and you should eventually have “dough” looking like many many little crumbles. If you’re worried about the dough being too dry, add the powdered sugar in slowly
- Taste test your creation. Add small amounts of additional extract if not to your liking. When you find the right ratio…remove dough and separate into smaller balls depending on the number of colors you plan to use (example, I used 4, you could do all 1 color or simply 50/50)
- Adding more powdered sugar if needed, apply several drops of food coloring to your dough and work it in until well blended and consistently colored. Some people continue to use the hand or stand mixer, washing parts between colors, I found using my hands and washing between was just as effective
- Pull dough apart into smaller balls again and work out into long thing rolls (think snakes). Mine did not roll very well so I allowed it to stretch while holding up in the air then shaped it on my counter
- Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice your “snakes” into bite sized pieces
- Carefully pull apart (they are still soft!) and allow to dry at least two hours. I allowed mine to sit overnight and some we still overly soft. It probably depends on how large your “bite size” pieces are cut
Comments and Photos:
Various colors and flavors would work well at different functions. I was considering doing orange and yellow with lemon and orange. Or perhaps adding red with cherry and doing a “mint” fruit bowl at different functions. Try red & green at Christmas with cinnamon?
Please remember a little extract goes a LONG way! I like my buttermints to be a balance of butter and mint, but some people do prefer a stronger mint presence.
It took be about an hour from start to “allowing to dry”. I’m happy with the end amount, but I think for a larger function I would at least double the recipe.
On that note…if doubling the recipe…I would actually just make two batches. As I worked on the various “dough” the other portion sitting on the counter would begin to dry and it was harder to roll and make my later pieces.
Yes, these are not very perfectly shaped. 1) I’ll admit I was rushing and could have been more careful 2) I think the imperfections not only make the “homemade” but also add to the “Halloween” aspect of this version
What do you think? Do you like to play with new ideas for the season(s)?