Sweet creamy butter with a hint of mint!  Perfect for gift giving or a Christmas morning treat.  It tastes heavenly when spread on these vanilla muffins!   I will share the link to the muffins at the end of this post.

I know I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve been busy setting up a second blog site for all of my DIY projects so I can keep this blog all about the healthy living stuff!  If you like repurposing old furniture or do-it-yourself projects go check out my new site at http://www.flippedherlid.com

Now, back to the healthy living blog where we are talking about… muffins and butter! 😉  Well, this is healthier than buying a muffin mix and using a processed spread so I’m calling it healthy!  All things in moderation right?  This summer when the mint was abundant in my herb garden, I froze some of the leaves to use during the winter months when I don’t have access to the fresh stuff.  It works for hot tea and baking but for this butter I wanted the fresh stuff!  I can usually find fresh mint at the grocery store in the produce section, either packaged or a whole plant in a small pot.   I bought the plant in hopes of keeping it alive long enough to be able to use what’s left of the fresh leaves in my water or iced tea.  The trick is keeping my kitties away from it!

To make this I just placed two sticks of unsalted butter in a bowl and let it soften at room temperature.  When the butter is soft stir in two Tbsp. of minced, fresh mint leaves and two Tbsp. of natural honey.  You can use a mixer if you want but it isn’t necessary.  Once it is blended well, scoop the butter onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a roll or lay the plastic wrap over a mold and press the butter into it.  You can also spread the mixture on a cookie tray to the desired thickness and after firming up in the fridge use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

This lasts a few weeks in the fridge or a few months in the freezer.

Just a word about these muffins which are appropriately named Perfect Vanilla Muffins, they are perfect!!!  They baked up beautifully, the top was crunchy the inside was soft and delicious!  I doubled the amount of vanilla that was called for in the recipe and after they had cooled for a few minutes I brushed the tops with melted butter and sprinkled decorator sugar on them.  I would highly recommend trying these!  https://www.thespruceeats.com/vanilla-muffins-3058482

Let me know what you think of the Honey Mint Butter and don’t forget to pin it on your Pinterest board!  Have a beautiful holiday season!