Homemade Peppermint Patties
First of all, these are SO EASY to make! For some people, dealing
with chocolates or making candies seems overwhelming with all the extra steps or having to use a candy thermometer and fancy equipment. This recipe uses simply ingredients, no cooking or heating (other than a microwave) and can be done in under an hour!
I have always loved the combination of chocolate and mint so of course, I have always been a big fan of peppermint patties! I enjoy coming up with creative cookies and goodies to give to friends and family for the holidays and this creation is the perfect addition to our cookie box.
We try not to have the same old shortbread and peanut butter smash cookies in our special Christmas cookie box as the whole point of our cookies boxes is to surprise people with fun and yummy treats that they don’t get from us the rest of the year. Although…these are so easy and so melt-in-your-mouth delicious, we do tend to make them at least a few different times throughout the year!
Great for serving at parties and giving away, you won’t be disappointed in this recipe!
1/4 cup softened butter (unsalted)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon peppermint food grade extract or 2-3 drops food grade peppermint oil (add a third drop if you like them stronger)
1 bag (12 ounces) of dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coconut oil (if using chocolate chips)
Optional: sprinkles or other fun edible decorations
In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and peppermint extract* and mix together until a thick dough forms, about 3 minutes.
*Note: I would go light on the oil or extract and then add more until you are at the level of peppermint you would like. A little goes a long way, especially with oils!
Turn out the dough onto a clean surface and knead the dough for a few turns to make sure it is combined and holding together. If it feels sticky, you can add a little extra powdered sugar. Using your fingers, pinch off tablespoon-sized pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and then flatten with your hands to make the peppermint patty shape. Lay the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased aluminium foil. After all the patties are shaped, place the sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave and stir to combine well. Using a fork, dip each patty in the melted chocolate and fully coat before removing from the chocolate.
Place back on the aluminium foil or parchment paper to harden. Before your chocolate hardens, sprinkle on your edible decorations or you can leave your patties plain for the more traditional look. We did a mixture of both.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place. The refrigerator works well but if you don’t have room, any place that will keep them from melting will work.
Yields about 25 – 35 mints depending upon size.
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