Thursday, December 22, 2011

Homemade Peppermint Patties

The other day I felt like making something special and sweet, so pulled out a recipe that I hadn't made in a long time . . .


While a little more messy to make, these are so good and worth the messy fingers. :) Below is the recipe for them with my notes in italics . . . hope you enjoy!

Perfect Peppermint Patties

-3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
(I use more)
-3 tablespoons butter, softened

-2 to 3 teaspoons peppermint extract

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/4 cup evaporated milk

-2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

-2 tablespoons shortening


In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Add milk and mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls (I always need quite a bit more powdered sugar to get the 'dough' to a rolling consistency . . . so keep adding it until it's right for you!) and place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.

Flatten with a glass to 1/4-in (and if they stick to the bottom of the glass, use a spatula to scrap them off the bottom of the glass before lifting it up.) Cover and freeze for 30 minutes.

In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat; stir until smooth. (Before the next step, allow your chocolate to cool somewhat otherwise it is much more difficult to do! (speaking from experience there :) Dip patties, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set (I always put them into the refrigerator so that they harden fully and then that's where I store them as well.)

And that's it!

18 comments:

  1. Mmm...this looks so yummy, Sarah! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us all! And since I like chocolate and pepperimint a lot, I just might have try it sometime :)

    Thanks, Sarah!

    Blessings,
    Bethany

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  2. These look so very delicious, Sarah! My older brother, especially, like peppermint patties, so I'm thinking I might surpise him by trying out your recipe :) I've been having an urge lately to work in the kitchen, anyway!

    Blessings,
    Amy

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  3. Those sound delicious, Sarah! ;)

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  4. The children adore peppermint patties! I am so glad that you posted this recipe Sarah.They sound wonderful and really, not as complicated as I imagined. (for some reason making candy always intimidated me)

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  5. Oh, my goodness how do you stop from eating them all at once?

    I love anything with mint, my grandmother when I was growing up always had those big white mints in her house, she loves them and I would ask her for one when we visited her once a year and she would say yes.

    I laughed when I started being a nanny and I would have those peppermints in my pocket and suck on them when we went walking, the kids would say can I have one? They would start sucking on them and then it hit them, the hot taste of mint in their mouths and ugh they would say I don't like it. But two boys preserved and they were determined as they loved candy lots and ended up loving them and I went oh, oh, into trouble, I am. I talked to their parents and they said its fine if they have them. Whew!

    Enjoy every bite of those, Sarah and family.

    Next year, you will have your neice able to enjoy some of these goodies you and family enjoy making.

    Blessings dear family.

    kathleen

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  6. Oh, Sarah, now you've done it. You've taken one of my all-time favorite commercial candies and made it possible for me to make them myself?! Any time I want to?! Here comes trouble!

    Seriously, I look forward to trying these delectable-looking treats very soon! They rank right up there with homemade marshmallows on my list of must-try recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Betsy

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  7. You’re welcome, Bethany! You sound like me. :) I really like chocolate and peppermint as well, and especially when they are together. If you ever try making these, I hope you enjoy!

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  8. How sweet of you to want to make these for your older brother, Amy! If you did have the opportunity to make them, I hope the recipe worked well for you. I am sure your brother would have appreciated your thoughtful efforts!

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  9. Our family does as well, Ellen. And these are overall relatively simple to make. I know what you mean about being intimidated by candy making, though . . . I have felt the same way. If you do have the opportunity to try making these, I hope it goes well for you! And I know the end result will be enjoyed by your children. :)

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  10. Your comment made me smile, Kathleen! Well, with how sweet they are, it does help to keep them from being eaten all at once. :) Though, I will admit, it is hard to eat just one!

    Aww, what a fun memory with the children, you and the mints. I could imagine it all while you were describing it!

    Thank you for your comment, and blessings to you as well!

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  11. Betsy, you are always making me laugh with your comments! I am so sorry to bring such trouble to you with this tantalizingly delicious recipe of chocolate-ly goodness. :) Hope you enjoy them when you have the opportunity to make them, and you’re welcome for sharing!

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  12. We made peppermint patties probably about the same day you posted this! Although the ones we made had coconut oil, dark chocolate chips, and sweetened with agave. Surprisingly, they were totally delicious--but not as neat and pretty as yours! :)

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  13. Oh! I need to try making these!! They look yummy! I am sure the kidlets would love them as well and what a fun time they would have in the kitchen with making them! I'll keep you updated on if and when we get them made...OH! we made your breakfast biscuit twists and now they ask for them every weekend!! :o)

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  14. I am sure you all had fun making your peppermint patties, Joy! And what a pleasant surprise it must have been to find out that they were delicious even with all of the changes you made to the recipe. It's always nice when it works like that, isn't it?! And it's also nice that looks don't affect flavor. :) In this photo, you aren't seeing the not so pretty ones!

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  15. I hope you enjoy them, Nabila, if you do have the opportunity to make them! I am sure you all would have fun making these together . . . be forewarned, though, they can be rather messy! But they are so good and definitely worth the mess. :)

    I am glad to hear that you all like the breakfast biscuit twists so much! They certainly sound like they were a hit at your house. :) And your comment reminded me that I need to make them again!

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  16. I used the recipe here:
    http://www.elanaspantry.com/peppermint-patties/

    I had found the recipe a few weeks before, and thought they looked sooo good and easy. And my husband's favorite is chocolate and mint together. Well, other than chocolate and peanut butter! (He's already looking forward to having these again sometime.) :)

    Anyway, I just thought it was so funny that we were making peppermint patties around the same time!

    Hope your day is blessed, Sarah!

    ♥Joy

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  17. Thank you for sharing the link to the recipe, Joy! Chocolate and mint together is one of my favorites as well. :) And yes, chocolate and peanut butter, too! Mmm . . . so good.

    I hope that you are having a blessed day as well!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)