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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last minute homemade gifts

As soon as I received this recipe from Cheeky Kitchen, I knew it would make a great last minute homemade gift for someone on my Christmas list.  Grab the kids, as this would be a fun family project to do together.

Handmade mints make the perfect gift! Here's the quick, easy way to get yourself 10 perfect batches of red & white mints that everyone will adore!

1 (1-pound) package of gum paste
15-20 drops high quality peppemint essential oils
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring paste
1/4 cup powdered sugar
10 small metal tins for wrapping

  1. Open the gum paste and drop in 15-20 drops of peppermint oil. Knead it together until your kitchen smells like a candy cane forest.
  2. Split the gum paste in half, then drop a bit of red coloring paste into one of the halves. Knead until the red coloring is fully mixed into one half. TIP: grab yourself a pair of kitchen gloves before you get going.
  3. Split each mound of gum paste into two.
  4. Roll into four thick ropes, then place them together, cut the roll in half, then roll into two long, thing ropes.
  5. You want your ropes to be about 1/2 inch in diameter. Work quickly to keep the exterior of the rope from drying out and looking crumbly. Working on a long piece of parchment or cutting board to protect any work space from bleeding dye.
  6. With a super-sharp knife, slice the ropes into 1/4" pieces. They might get squished a bit, so gently press them into rounds to make pretty little dots of mints.
  7. Toss all those mints on a baking sheet and allow them to air dry for 48 hours before packaging them.

Happy Crafting!
Creativity Bug ~ Sue


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