1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
5-1/2 to 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 4 drops green paste food coloring
3 to 5 drops red paste food coloring
In a large bowl, cream butter. Gradually add water, extract, butter flavoring and salt; beat in enough confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until dough achieves a stiff putty consistency, about 3 minutes.
Divide dough into three portions. Knead green food coloring into two portions. Knead red food coloring into remaining portion. For holly leaves, shape teaspoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in granulated sugar. Flatten to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a holly leaf cookie cutter. For holly berries, shape 1/4 teaspoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in sugar. Arrange leaves and berries on serving platter. Store at room temperature.