Valentine’s Treats: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Okay, I have to confess. I could eat an entire bag of York Peppermint Patties. That candy is, hands down, my favorite. It’s pathetic, really. I could eat lovely homemade treats, but my favorite? York Peppermint Patties.

So this year, I resolved to figure out how to make my own Peppermint Patties, in time for Valentine’s Day. There are a lot of recipes out there for homemade peppermint patties, but most of them don’t quite make it. After quite a bit searching, I found a recipe on Epicurious that does NOT include sweetened condensed milk. This recipe was my inspiration for the final product.

heart-shaped peppermint patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties

  • 2 ½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ T. light corn syrup
  • 1½ T. water
  • 1 t. peppermint extract
  • 1 T butter
  • 1½ t. Crisco or other solid shortening
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, mix together 2 c. of  powdered sugar and all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. It won’t quite cream together and will remain a little crumbly no matter how long you mix it.

Mixing up peppermint patties for Valentines Day

Turn the minty sugar mixture out onto the counter on top of some of the remaining powdered sugar. Knead the remaining powdered sugar into the mixture. I was surprised at how nicely the sugar kneaded in and made a smooth dough-like lump.

Mixing the mint filling for Peppermint Patties

It's still pretty crumbly when you dump the filling onto the counter.

The filling for Peppermint Patties has to be kneaded

There, just a little kneading and the filling is smooth and ready to roll out.

Flatten the filling into a pancake and place between two sheets of parchment. Use a rolling pin to further flatten it out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate this while you melt the chocolate.

Roll the peppermint filling out for Peppermint Patties

Use a little muscle to roll the filling as flat as you can get it.

If you don’t have a double boiler, which I don’t, you can make one with a bowl placed on top of a pan with 2 inches of  boiling water. It won’t take long to melt the chocolate if you stir and scrape the sides of the bowl.

Melt the chocolate for peppermint patties

You can create a double burner with a metal bowl and a stock pot with boiling water.

Once the chocolate is melted, get the mint filling out of the fridge. Use a small cookie cutter or a small glass to cut the filling into shapes. I made heart shapes but found that those were really too big. They looked nice but were really too much candy all at once. My favorite was a round about the size of a quarter. Those were the perfect size.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the filling for peppermint patties

The heart-shaped cutter looked cute but was actually a little too large.

Using a fork or a thin spatula, dip the the cold cut-out of mint filling into the melted chocolate. Place the chocolate candy back on some parchment.

Now, here comes the real confession. I made a terrible mess when I made these peppermint patties. I could SEE and IMAGINE how well I would just dip the filling into the chocolate and how beautiful and tidy they would be. But they weren’t. It was awkward and quite messy.

Homemade peppermint patties

See? What a mess! And this was after I cleaned up.

Let the chocolates chill before eating or serving. To my surprise, once I took the cooled chocolates off the parchment and snapped off the extra bits of chocolate, they actually looked pretty nice.

Homemade Peppermint PattieDelicious homemade peppermint pattiesPeppermint Patties

Then I bit into one. Oh. MY!

homemade peppermint pattie

Oh MY!

These peppermint patties were really, really minty, just the way I like them. (If you want something less minty, you can reduce the amount of peppermint extract.)

They were delicious!!! Of course they were also dangerous and oddly short-lived. (Cough cough.) I guess I’ll have to make more in time for Valentine’s Day!
Barb

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Valentine’s Treats: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ T. light corn syrup
  • 1½ T. water
  • 1 t. peppermint extract
  • 1 T butter
  • 1½ t. Crisco or other solid shortening
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, mix together 2 c. of powdered sugar and all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. It won’t quite cream together and will remain a little crumbly no matter how long you mix it.

Turn the minty sugar mixture out onto the counter on top of some of the remaining powdered sugar. Knead the remaining powdered sugar into the mixture. I was surprised at how nicely the sugar kneaded in and made a smooth dough-like lump.

It's still pretty crumbly when you dump the filling onto the counter.

There, just a little kneading and the filling is smooth and ready to roll out.

Flatten the filling into a pancake and place between two sheets of parchment. Use a rolling pin to further flatten it out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate this while you melt the chocolate.

Use a little muscle to roll the filling as flat as you can get it.

If you don’t have a double boiler, which I don’t, you can make one with a bowl placed on top of a pan with 2 inches of boiling water. It won’t take long to melt the chocolate if you stir and scrape the sides of the bowl.

You can create a double burner with a metal bowl and a stock pot with boiling water.

Once the chocolate is melted, get the mint filling out of the fridge. Use a small cookie cutter or a small glass to cut the filling into shapes. I made heart shapes but found that those were really too big. They looked nice but were really too much candy all at once. My favorite was a round about the size of a quarter. Those were the perfect size.

The heart-shaped cutter looked cute but was actually a little too large.

Using a fork or a thin spatula, dip the the cold cut-out of mint filling into the melted chocolate. Place the chocolate candy back on some parchment.

Now, here comes the real confession. I made a terrible mess when I made these peppermint patties. I could SEE and IMAGINE how well I would just dip the filling into the chocolate and how beautiful and tidy they would be. But they weren’t. It was awkward and quite messy.

See? What a mess! And this was after I cleaned up.

Let the chocolates chill before eating or serving. To my surprise, once I took the cooled chocolates off the parchment and snapped off the extra bits of chocolate, they actually looked pretty nice.

http://www.mysisterskitchenonline.com/2012/02/11/valentines-treats-homemade-peppermint-patties/

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