Peppermint Patties

 

Peppermint Patties
Day 8 of the 12 days of Christmas Treats!

One thing I love to do in the kitchen is to create homemade versions of store-bought treats. It’s probably why I love homemade oreos and homemade hostess cupcakes so much. Naturally, when I saw a recipe for homemade peppermint patties, I knew I had to make them. These make a fun and unique addition to your Christmas candy bowl, and trust me, people will be impressed that you made these yourself. No need to tell them how easy they are to make!

Peppermint Patties
Clearly some turned out prettier than others…

Good quality chocolate is what makes these stand out. I used Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate and they were incredible. There is so much more depth of flavor than in a traditional peppermint patty. Plus, the chocolate coating is thicker, and you can’t really go wrong with more chocolate. I took these to work when I first made them and they disappeared pretty quickly, with plenty of people asking for the recipe. I almost didn’t want to give it out because then everyone would know how simple they are to make! Give these a try this Christmas season and I guarantee your friends and family will be impressed. :)

Peppermint Patties

*Note: I would recommend a shot glass for cutting out your circles. This keeps them nice and small and easy to dip. Also, make sure your chocolate isn’t too warm or the filling will start to melt.

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

Yield: Makes 3-4 dozen

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 T shortening
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, for kneading and rolling
10 ounces 70%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions:

Beat 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, shortening, and a pinch of salt using an electric mixer (with paddle attachment if using a stand mixer) at medium speed until just combined. Knead on a work surface dusted with remaining 1/4 cup confectioners sugar until smooth. Roll out between sheets of parchment paper on a large baking sheet into a 7- to 8-inch round (about 1/4 inch thick). Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Remove top sheet of paper and sprinkle round with confectioners sugar. Replace top sheet, then flip round over and repeat sprinkling on other side.

Cut out as many rounds as possible with cutter, transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, gather scraps, reroll, and freeze, then cut out more rounds, freezing them.

To make chocolate coating:
Melt three fourths of chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Remove bowl from pan and add remaining chocolate, stirring until smooth. Cool until thermometer inserted at least 1/2 inch into chocolate registers 80°F.

Return water in pan to a boil and remove from heat. Set bowl with cooled chocolate over pan and reheat, stirring, until thermometer registers 88 to 91°F. Remove bowl from pan.

Balance 1 peppermint round on a fork and submerge in melted chocolate, letting excess drip off and scraping back of fork against rim of bowl if necessary, then return patty to sheet. Coat remaining rounds, rewarming chocolate to 88 to 91°F as necessary. Let patties stand until chocolate is set, about 1 hour.

from Gourmet Magazine (as seen on Sweet Cheeks in the Kitchen)

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45 Responses to “Peppermint Patties”

  1. 1

    Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen — December 8, 2010 @ 5:07 am

    Yum!!! I must make these!

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    Stephanie — December 8, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    O.k., I think these may have just knocked your peppermint marshmallows off the top of my to-do list!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — December 8, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Oh My!!! Peppermint patties are my favorite! I want to eat all of them :)

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    Viv — December 8, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    wowww….im always amazed when ppl replicate store bought goods at home! i had this yesterday at work :P obviously not the home made version tho!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 8, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    Love homemade peppermint patties! They are so good!

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    Jenn — December 8, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    Peppermint patties rock!! I'm going to have to try this for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — December 8, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    I agree–making homemade versions of store-bought goodies is much more fun. These look like they were a winner! :-)

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    Heather — December 8, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    These look so awesome, Megan.

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    Evan Thomas — December 8, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    Lovely! I've bookmarked this page. I need to try them.

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    Alicia — December 8, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

    Oh. my. gosh. They look awesome.

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    Camille — December 8, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    Goodness, are we already on day 8? Craziness!
    These look delicious!

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    happywhennothungry — December 8, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    These look delicious and perfect for holiday gifts! Thanks for sharing!

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    Paul Jennette — December 8, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    Yum!!! I don't think I have ever had homemade Peppermint patties, they look amazing!!
    P.S. I hosting a GIVEAWAY on my blog.

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    A Cooks Quest — December 8, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    Oh my goodness these look absolutely amazing! I think I will make them for my book club on Saturday.

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 8, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    Mmmm I LOVE peppermint patties. I've never made my own before and now I just have to. They look soooooo good Megan. Lovely photos too!

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    Torviewtoronto — December 8, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    delicious patties Megan these look yummy

  17. 17

    Noelle — December 8, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Nice recipe. looks perfect!

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    SnoWhite — December 8, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    Wow, Megan!! I wish I still lived in the same state because I'd be over tonight to try one :)

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    TiffKey — December 8, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

    I can't believe this! I was JUST wondering how I would make homemade peppermint patties! CRAZY! Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 9, 2010 @ 3:25 am

    These are so cute! Loving all the peppermint that's going on over here!

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    C&C Cakery — December 9, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    I know exactly what you're saying about homemade candy bars – I did some homemade butterfinger last halloween, and people went crazy for them. I can't wait to try this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Maggie Williams — December 10, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    Well, I found your site today and I have made both this recipe and the peppermint marshmallows already. I am so excited to have a new favorite site! Thanks again- how easy how tremendous! (dont forget yummy!)

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    sheila @ Elements — December 11, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    Mmmmmmm…my absolute favorite!! Your peppermint patties are calling out to me….so close yet so far. I can almost them melting on the tip of my tongue. *sigh*

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 13, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    Maggie – Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know how they turned out! I'm so glad you liked these and the marshmallows. :)

  25. 25

    Maranda — December 13, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    These are great! I never would have thought to make them at home!

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    Jennifer — December 14, 2010 @ 1:56 am

    Wow, who knew these little treats would be so easy? These look delicious!

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    Lori — December 14, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    They look so good! Wow!

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    Sommer J — December 14, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    Amazing! I am making these this week!

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    Maria — December 14, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    THese are on my list this year too!

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    Jen — December 15, 2010 @ 3:08 am

    I've been wanting to make these for a while now, but I am horrible at dipping things!

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    Kristina Joy — December 22, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

    Can't wait to try these!

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    danielle — December 23, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    i made these two weeks ago. they were amazing. everyone said they tasted better than the real deal. even though they took me forever (because me and rolling pins don't really do things together well), i will just have to make them again because they were that good!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 23, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Danielle – Thanks so much for your comment! I'm glad you like them. And I agree – they took me awhile too, but so worth it!

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    Mary — November 2, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I saw this recipe and thought I’d try them for an upcoming
    church Christmas Bazaar. I made some last weekend as a trial run and turned out delicious! This recipe is a winner!
    Thanks for posting.

    • megan replied: — November 6th, 2011 @ 7:55 am

      I’m so glad you liked these – glad they worked out! :)

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    Mary Jeanette — November 5, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    i just saw this recipe and I’m so gonna try it!!! what a great blog u have! :)

    • megan replied: — November 6th, 2011 @ 7:56 am

      Thanks for your kind comment Mary, I hope you like these! :)

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    Michelle — November 10, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    I’d like to try and make these because I love! peppermint patties but I don’t have shortening and don’t want to buy it for just 1 Tbsp. Have you tried substituting butter instead? Do you think it would work? Thanks, Michelle

    • megan replied: — November 10th, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

      My initial thought was that it wouldn’t work as well since the butter would get soft quicker than the shortening and have a different texture. But if you can use butter and shortening interchangeably in pie dough, I don’t see why you can’t here. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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    lauren — November 12, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    i made these today with a friend and they turned out wonderfully. the chocolate ended up really thick on some of the patties because i didn’t have my dipping technique fine tuned … but who’s complaining about extra chocolate?? also it might amuse you to know that i made much of the recipe (everything except dealing with the melted chocolate) with my three month old son in a sling on my chest. he was VERY interested in the whole process! overall the recipe was very easy to follow and my patties turned out looking exactly as yours in the photo above. thanks!

    • megan replied: — November 14th, 2011 @ 5:31 am

      Thanks for the comment lauren! I agree, they are a little difficult to dip – remember I only take pictures of the pretty ones. ;) Sounds like a fun experience, and I’m glad you liked them! :)

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    Ashley — December 23, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    These are wonderful. They were easy to make and really delicious. I actually never cared for mint&chocolate, I made these for my fiance, but they were pretty good to me even. The only thing I would change is using 2 forks instead of 1. When I balanced it on one fork it folded over and kind of fell apart. Coming at it with 2 forks kept the shape better. I also used semi sweet instead of bittersweet. Thank you SO much! You have made this a wonderful new holiday tradition.

    • megan replied: — December 24th, 2011 @ 6:32 am

      I’m so glad you liked them – thanks so much for the kind comment! :) And good idea on using 2 forks!

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