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Easy no cook candy

Updated on September 10, 2014

Make these delicious no cook mints

I can remember making these delicious peppermints as a child. My sister and I made pink ones with my mother for Valentine's Day and green and red ones for Christmas. For years, I searched for a recipe for these. Finally, I found a no cook mint recipe that tastes just like the ones I remember making. This simple recipe is a great one to do with your kids in the kitchen. You can make these mints for any occasion and color them many colors. These candies make a wonderful hostess gift when you put them in a pretty box and tie them with a pretty ribbon. I have included step by step directions with pictures and a printable copy of the recipe. Enjoy!

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Gather your ingredients

All you need are six simple ingredients plus wax paper and a cookie cutter. Or you can roll the "dough" into balls and flatten them for round mints. You probably have all of these ingredients--corn syrup, powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, food coloring and a pinch of salt already in your pantry.

Mix all ingredients

Mix all ingredients except the food coloring with a spoon and your hands until they form a smooth dough. Later you can divide the dough and add different food colors, or choose not to add any color at all. the dough is a bit stiff to mix, but you will spend some time kneading it in the next step so it is smooth and well mixed.

Knead a tiny bit until well blended and smooth

At this point you can divide the dough into several sections--one for each color you are going to make. You can also leave some plain white. It is helpful to have a pastry mat or wax paper to work on. I find it is easiest to knead in the food coloring with my hands to get a uniform color throughout. Or you can achieve a "marbled" color by not blending in the food coloring totally.

Roll out and cut with a mini cookie cutter

The dough softens as you knead it, so you may need to put it in the refrigerator for a bit to let it get firmer. Then you can roll it out and cut it into shapes like the hearts shown here. Or you can roll it into 1 inch balls and then flatten them into circles with a fork.

Place on wax paper to dry for several hours - Or eat them now if you can't wait!

The mints will harden a bit as they sit. Once they are "dry," they will not stick together as easily and you can package them into a pretty container. Sometimes, I never let them dry. Instead,my children show up and begin eating them immediately! Either way, they are yummy!

Mints make great favors and gifts! - Make some mints and put them in pretty boxes to give away

These mints would make a lovely wedding or shower favor. Or make some mints for your next hostess gift. Make them for your friends. Box them up and tie them with a pretty ribbon. What a simple an delicious gift for Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter or no occasion at all!

Wilton Flirty Fleur Simple Favor Box
Wilton Flirty Fleur Simple Favor Box

Get some favor boxes and package your mints. These mints would make a great gift for teachers, neighbors and hostesses.


Make mints in a variety of colors to celebrate the season

You can make these mints in many different colors to match the occasion. Make pink, red and white ones for Valentine's Day. Make green and red mints for Christmas. Make orange mints for harvest time or Halloween. You can cut them in shapes with mini cookie cutters to match your theme or you can simply make round mints. Any way, they are delicious!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: several hours to let mints dry

Serves: Yields approximately 72 mints

Here is the Recipe!

  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • food coloring


  1. Blend corn syrup, butter, peppermint extract, salt, and powdered sugar. Mix with a spoon and hands until smooth. Knead 1-3 drops of food coloring into mixture. If you are making several different colors, divide mixture before you add food coloring. Roll flat with roller and cut with mini cookie cutters, OR shape into small balls and flatten with fork on waxed paper. Let dry several hours. Enjoy!
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Mini cookie cutters - Make your mints in all kinds of fun shapes!

Mini cookie cutters are great fun. You can make mints in all these shapes for different occasions or make bite-size cookies for a tea party!

Fox Run 3690 Micro Shapes Cookie Cutter Set, 12 Piece, Silver
Fox Run 3690 Micro Shapes Cookie Cutter Set, 12 Piece, Silver

You can make mints or mini cookies for all seasons with this great cookie cutter set. It includes a heart, star, shamrock and other common shapes. These are also great for cutting shapes into pie crust tops!


Enjoy Candy Making? - Check out these great candy cookbooks!

The Ultimate Candy Book: More than 700 Quick and Easy, Soft and Chewy, Hard and Crunchy Sweets and Treats
The Ultimate Candy Book: More than 700 Quick and Easy, Soft and Chewy, Hard and Crunchy Sweets and Treats

This book includes homemade versions of classic candies such as peanut butter cups and gummy bears. It also includes recipes for truffles, Christmas candies, and other holiday specials.


Anybody for some mints? - Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment!

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    • PinkstonePictures profile image


      6 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Great recipe - I'm going to give it a try

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      6 years ago

      They sound very good

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      These sound delicious and would be easy and adorable for Valentine's Day!

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      6 years ago

      Mints are perfect candy treats this Christmas. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      6 years ago

      Yes that it, it's been a Long time since I made homemade Mints; I forgot the recipe until just then!! Its the Simple, Sweet, Little ideas that make the Biggest impact! :)

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      6 years ago

      I like these mints.

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      6 years ago

      I like these mints.

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      andreaberrios lm 

      6 years ago

      This is so cool! I love mint candy. I'm going to try this!

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      7 years ago

      OH, I'd forgotten about making these! Yes, I used to make something just like this. They were delicious, and so easy to do. Thank you for reminding me and for sharing the recipe again. :o)

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      7 years ago

      I can just see the smiles as you folks make your easy no cook mints as a family and the possibilities are almost endless for shapes and colors for all year around minty fun! Fresh breath for everyone!

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      7 years ago

      I can just see the smiles as you folks make your easy no cook mints as a family and the possibilities are almost endless for shapes and colors for all year around minty fun! Fresh breath for everyone!

    • JanieceTobey profile image


      7 years ago

      Yum! Your no cook mints sound delicious! Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Wow! It is so simple, I can never imagine it is how simple to make a candy. I am gonna to make some for my kids. Thanks! Great lens!

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      Deadicated LM 

      7 years ago

      Yet another Yummly Lens :) Thanks for stopping by my SOPA Lens, and for the "Squid Like".

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      7 years ago

      OMG, yes please ... I didn't know it was possible to make these mints! Delicious.

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      7 years ago

      sweet idea

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This is my first time seeing a recipe for making homemade candy mints. How fun!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I had never heard of a home recipe for making mints. It really does look easy. Thank you for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      This is very similar to the recipe for fondant.. which I have made.. I also make hard candy and chocolate :)

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      Looks so darn easy, I never knew!

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      8 years ago

      hmmmmm I just might try making these mints. thanks for the idea

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These look delicious! I love mint (almost as much as chocolate)!

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      8 years ago

      They looked pretty, but weren't my favorite, mom.

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens, and recipe! Thanks! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 2/27/2011. Have a great day!

    • Grandma-Marilyn profile image


      8 years ago

      This looks like an easy recipe. I am going to send your lens to my daughter and have her see if it is something she would like to do with the kids. Looks yummy!

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      8 years ago

      This definitely looks like something I would want to try - no bake recipes are so much easier to deal with.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. A no-cook mint recipe! Bookmarked to try it! Your illustrations are very clear.

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      Melody Lassalle 

      8 years ago from California

      This looks like something to try with my nieces.


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