Easy Butter Mints

1/3 cup light corn syrup
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
½ teaspoon salt
4 ¾ cups confectionersí sugar
Food coloring

In a large mixing bowl, combine the corn syrup, butter, peppermint extract, and salt.  Beat well with a wooden spoon.  Add the sugar and stir slowly until blended.  Mix the dough with you hands until it forms a smooth ball.  (If you hands get sticky, coat them lightly with confectioners' sugar.)On a piece of waxed paper, divide the dough into quarters.  Leave one part white and color each of the others with a drop of food coloring (keep the colors pale).  Knead the color into the dough until it is blended throughout. Shape the dough into 3/4- to 1-inch balls, then set each ball on a piece of waxed paper and press the top flat with the tines of a fork dipped in confectioners' sugar.  Allow the mints to dry for at least 4 hours, or overnight, until hard and crisp on the outside.
Makes about 70 mints.

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