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Dec072010

Peppermint Patties

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.

Peppermint Patties
Makes 16 patties 

Print Recipe

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.

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Reader Comments (58)

I can't believe you made these! You girls seriously rock. Beautiful and delicious post, yet again.

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadison M

I've been eyeing this on the joy of baking site for a while for both the purpose of making these and something else extra special - love them! So freaking cute. I'll gladly send you my address so you can gift some to me :)

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

what gorgeous peppermint patties! they look like fun to make

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

I love peppermint patties - I bet these are one candy that are SO good homemade! Can't wait to give it a try.

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

How did you 2 know that I was looking for a peppermint patty recipe? This looks perfect!! the finished product indeed looks like hours of labor was spent slaving over them. I'll keep the secret about how easy they are if you do :) Thanks for sharing these, I can't wait to make them!

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea the Kitchen Witch

oh my goodness. These are on my list! I love peppermint patties, but I bet homemade are even better.

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

you guys have done it again! love it, another one to add to my list!! :)

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternatalie (the sweets life)

These look so cute and festive (and delicious!)

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @SavvyEats

OMG... I love this idea!

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

I've actually been looking for a peppermint patty recipe and now I have one! Thanks so much for sharing ladies :) They look absolutely delicious.. and no one needs to know they're not a lot of work- that can be our little secret!

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvan @swEEts

Ohhhh yum! I'll have to gather up my courage and give these a whirl someday! :)

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

I love peppermint patties, but have never made my own...yours look awesome! I love the garnish :)

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaking Serendipity

I am loving your food gifting ideas!! And your blog always makes me laugh - the best studying distraction!
I'm putting these on my list...and that brittle. and some kind of banana muffin that you posted a long time ago... I'm going to be giving out a lot of sweet holiday gifts this year!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdi

Oh my these little patties look tasty, just love all these holiday recipes thanks!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

These are fabulous!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlison@ Ingredientsinc.net

those are so adorable! such a great holiday cookie - i think i will make these for christmas!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe blissful baker

I knew I loved you two! Ed's Mum is addicted to peppermint patties but we only bought 3 bags home from NYC! Now I get to make some and gain extra new-daughter-in-law points
thank you x and thank you for thanksgiving x

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTorie

Ladies, my step-dad LOVES peppermint patties. I am going to have to make these for him ASAP!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

I can sit down and eat a whole packet of these I'm ashamed to say so I'm having all sorts of imaginings what I'll do with a batch of them..., still a girls gotta do the taste testing doesn't she.

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Johnston

Wow, homemade york peppermint patties! And you made them even cuter with the peppermint pieces on top!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy at TheSceneFromMe

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