Buttermint Twists
1/2 cup butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
3 tbl whipping cream or half and half
1 tsp peppermint extract
2-3 drops red food coloring
1-2 drops green food coloring
Beat butter in large mixer bowl at low speed, scraping bowl often, until cream (1-2 minutes). Add powdered sugar, shipping cream and peppermint extract. Continue beating until mixture forms a soft dough (2-5 minutes). Remove half of dough; set aside.

Add red food coloring to remaining dough in bowl. Continue beating until mixture is pink (1-2 minutes). Remove pink dough from bowl; clean beaters. Return white dough to bowl. Add green food color; beat until dough is light green (1-2 minutes). Separate each of the colors into 13 sections each.
On a surface dusted with powdered sugar. Gently roll each section into a rope. Gently twist green and pink ropes together. Carefully rolling and twisting until you form a 10-inch rope. Add more powdered sugar when rolling, if necessary. Cut into 1" pieces. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand uncovered at room temperature until surface is dry (6-8 hours). Layer mints between sheets of waxed paper in airtight container. Refrigerate up to 1 month. Store in freezer up to 2 months. Makes approximately 11 dozen candies.
For Gift Giving - Place candies in a holiday Tupperware dish lined with waxed paper. Cover and place a beautiful bowl on top with instructions for storing.