Cookies, do we have a treat for you. Er well, yes, we do always have treats for you, (this being a baking blog and all) but today’s treat is an extra special treat.
Yup, we made you candy. Homemade candy! You know, boiling sugar, tempering chocolate, hours and hours of back breaking labor. All to make you lovelies these delectable homemade peppermint patties.
Ok fine. So there was no boiling sugar.
And the chocolate tempering was more like placing the chocolate in a glass bowl and then microwaving.
And yes, ok, fine, the hours and hours of back breaking labor was more like minutes and minutes of labor. Ugh, geez, fine, it was minutes and minutes of standing. But still, sometimes we get tired standing.
Thank goodness for the all important candy quality control which required taste tests at the beginning, middle and end of the candy making process. Got to keep the energy up muffins! This is no walk in the park!
Actually, it was easier than a walk in the park. No bikes, no horse drawn carriages, er and no walking.
Just a quick mix, roll, slice and dunk. And you get these gorgeous little patties. And you made them! You made candy! Hurrah!
And since nothing is more holiday-ish-y than chocolate and mint, wrap a few up and give them away so everyone knows about your candy making prowess. Play up the back breaking labor part. And the chocolate tempering (microwaving shhh) part. No one has to know it’s this easy.
Makes 16 patties
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
8 ounces 70% cacao bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup peppermint candies, crushed
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 2 1/4 cups of confectioners sugar together with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract and vegetable shortening until just combined. The mixture will be very crumbly. Dust a work surface with remaining 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar. Empty contents of bowl onto work surface and knead until smooth (this will take a few minutes). Shape dough into a log, about 2 inches by 8 inches long. Wrap tightly in parchment paper and freeze until very firm, about 20 minutes.
Remove dough and slice into rounds using a sharp knife. Place rounds onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze again until firm, for at least 15 minutes.
While dough is chilling, melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals. Cool slightly. Chocolate should be warm but not so hot that you cannot put your finger into it.
Cover another baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove patties from freezer one at a time and submerge into melted chocolate (we just used our hands). Coat quickly and allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place on parchment paper lined pan and sprinkle with crushed candies. Repeat, covering all patties with chocolate and candy.
Let patties stand until chocolate is set, about 1 hour. Store in fridge, between wax paper in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving.