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Peppermint Penguins and Polar Bear Pals are Fun to Make and Sweet to Eat

Recipes

With a little creativity—and a lot of hand washing—your kids can make a whole village of sweet peppermint pals. Start them off with our polar bear and penguin patterns, then let them go wild with their own minty marvels.

Edible Mint Dough

 

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Butter, softened
  • Light corn syrup
  • Salt 
  • Mint extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Wax paper
  • Blue, purple, red, and yellow food coloring
  • Candy sprinkles

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash your hands. In a mixing bowl, use a fork to mix 1 tablespoon butter (do not use margarine), 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon mint extract. Gradually add about 1 cup powdered sugar to the mix one spoonful at a time. Knead dough on wax paper and continue adding powdered sugar until a smooth, moldable dough forms.
  2. Set aside half of dough. Divide remaining dough in half. Knead 1 drop blue food coloring into one half. Wash hands. Then knead 1 drop purple food coloring into other half. (If you can’t find purple food coloring, you can make purple by using 1 drop red and 1 drop blue food coloring). Wash hands.
  3. To make orange dough for penguin beaks, pinch a marble-sized ball of white dough and knead 1 drop yellow and 1 drop red food coloring into it. Wash hands.
Polar Bear

 

Polar Bear

To make a polar bear, stack 2 white marble-sized balls of dough on wax paper to make body and head. Press on candy sprinkles for eyes. Form a nose and a scarf, hat, or earmuffs out of colored dough. Press features in place. Form ears by pinching 2 tiny pieces from dough. Roll into balls and place on top of head. Store mints in refrigerator.

Penguin

Penguin

To make a penguin, place 1 white marble-sized ball of dough on wax paper to make body. Stack 1 blue marble-sized ball of dough on top to make head. Form 2 wings out of blue dough and attach them to sides of body. Press on candy sprinkles for eyes. Form a beak and a scarf, hat, or earmuffs out of colored dough. Press them in place. Store mints in refrigerator.

Adapted from American Girl magazine, © 1993-2019.
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