Makes 30-40 candy cupcakes
•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”.