Creamy Homemade Peppermint Patties

My mother loves Peppermint Patties.  My dad used to buy them for her every year and put them in her Christmas stocking.  Big bags.  Lots and lots of Peppermint Patties.  For all I know, she has a stash of them somewhere, in a secret bunker hidden in that big house they have now.  She may have had to have dad haul them all up here under the guise of night in his dump truck when they moved… really.

But I doubt it.

Because like I said, she loves Peppermint Patties.  I, however, prefer Junior Mints.  I like the gooey factor.  So creamy and minty and just plain delicious. I had to try to invent something that was the best of both worlds though – bigger in size like the mini Peppermint patties, but still kind of gooey like the Junior Mints.

I succeeded.

These creamy disks of chocolate and peppermint are the epitome of holiday goodness. They hold their shape like a Peppermint Patty, but one bite and they melt into a drippy mouthful of flavor that no store bought candy can deliver.

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Creamy Homemade Peppermint Patties

makes about 30

  • 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 Tbsps Light Corn Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 3/4 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps Shortening
  • around 1/4 cup Confectioners Sugar for kneading/Dusting
  • 1 -  12 ounce bag Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the sugar, corn syrup, water, extract, shortening and a pinch of salt until combined.  Remove from mixer and knead by hand on counter, incorporating more confectioner’s sugar as you go.  Roll out between two pieces of parchment paper dusted with more sugar.  When flattened to around 1/4 inch, place in freezer until firm, at least 2 hours.

Remove from freezer and cut into circles.  I used a small round cookie cutter, about 1 inch across.  Too small makes the process very tedious, and too large will just not be very functional.  1 to 1 1/2 inches is perfect.

Once all of the filling has been cut, place on baking sheet and return to freezer for another hour.  Scraps can be re-rolled and cut until all filling is used.

While filling is freezing, prepare your melted chocolate.  Place chips in a bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth and shiny.

When rounds are frozen (they won’t get solid), remove when you are ready to dip.  Use a fork to dip the rounds in the melted chocolate, and place on parchment to dry.  If chocolate gets difficult to work with, return it to the microwave and reheat for 10 seconds.

Allow patties to cool – and enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Mmmmmnnn! I am going to have to try these. You make them sound sooo delicious!

  2. Like I said I am making some this week, but I like your recipe better!

  3. I am going to try these as Matt just loves them…thanks! I think I will put them in his Christmas stocking, too!

  4. HOT DAMN! soooooooo <3 you!

  5. These look wonderful!!

  6. I applaud this display of love for your mother. I can’t wait to make them with my kids..

  7. What a fabulous recipe! Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combos.

  8. Your peppermint patties look so good! I made a similar recipe a couple days ago and I couldn’t get them to dip as nice as your. I wonder if freezing them would have stopped them from sticking to the fork.

  9. these sound & look amazing!

  10. I have a daughter that loves Peppermint Patties and Junior Mints! I need to surprise her with these! Thanks for the recipe, Susan!

  11. Susan,

    These look sooo good! Great photos too!

  12. My grammie ALWAYS kept peppermint patties in the freezer and this recipe looks easy enough for me to try out too!

  13. Peppermint Patty: “I don’t look so bad after all! That’s always been my ambition… to not look so bad after all.”

  14. These look beautiful! I attempted some last year and they didn’t turn out so well (OK, they were actually a disaster). I think I need to try again, because after seeing these, I’m thinking it would be totally worth it!

  15. I have to try these!

  16. These look fantastic! What a great treat!

  17. I know, for certain, that I would not be able to stop eating these.

  18. These things looks absolutely yummy!! I have this page saved to make them, eventually!

  19. These look amazing. Can the shortening be substituted, or is it necessary in this recipe?

  20. Cutest little things ever!!

  21. I have got to try these peppermint patties I keep seeing floating around the Web. My sister made them last year and said they were easy, so I have to try them!

  22. I absolutely love peppermint patties and these sound soooo easy that I’ll have to try them. Yummy!

  23. These look really yummy! I’m thinking of making these for friends in like a goodie bag for Christmas, would these melt easily if left in a bag? Or should they be individually wrapped?

  24. These look delicious and so cute!

  25. I just made a version of these using raw honey as the filling. Super easy, natural and YUMMY. If you’re interested: http://fullbellysisters.blogspot.com/2011/04/homemade-peppermint-patties.html

  26. Oh you talked me into it! I am so making these.

  27. Kathleen says:

    I work at a library full of women who eat peppermint patties like there’s no tomorrow. I made these last night, and they were a big hit today.

    One suggestion: I don’t have a 1″ cookie cutter, so I used a shot glass to cut out the rounds. It worked great!

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