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THE SWEET SECRET OF VALENTINE MINTS

An easy treat for the holiday:

NO COOK VALENTINE MINTS

5 tablespoons butter

4 drops red food coloring

1 teaspoon peppermint or spearmint extract

1 pound confectioners' sugar (4 cups)

2 tablespoons cold water

Melt butter and add food coloring and extract; stir to blend. Stir in sugar and water. Knead in pan, then on a board until smooth. Roll out on waxed paper to about a quarter-inch thickness and cut into heart shapes with cookie cutters.

Or, make into small balls and flatten with a glass or fork. After shaping, place on cake rack to dry. Makes about 1 1/4 pounds of mints.

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