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


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



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



  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.



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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