This is an easy recipe that I’ve had on my to make list for a while. Now that I’ve finally made them, they will definitely be on my Christmas candy list in the future. They couldn’t be much easier to make and the taste can be as minty as you want it to be. I’ve seen a number of different recipes for homemade peppermint patties. Several of them called for shortening. I wasn’t sold on that one at all. These come together with only a few ingredients. If you make them once, I think you’ll be convinced to make more of them! They freeze well for make ahead holiday treats.
These will be great for a Christmas candy buffet and for adding to treat boxes for the holidays. Since making them is easy and doesn’t require a long time, I’ll be making several batches of them. The recipe will yield about 40 patties. If you want to make more at one time, I would recommend making separate batches.
You’ll only need a few ingredients for Homemade Peppermint Patties. I have all of these ingredients on hand most of time.
Once you’ve combined the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, sprinkle some powdered sugar onto parchment paper or wax paper. Form the mixture into a large ball.
Pinch off enough of the mixture to form 40 small balls. Use a fork to flatten the balls. If you want perfectly sized, uniformed patties, spread the mixture out and use a rolling pin to flatten it. Then use a small circle cutter to cut out the patties. I wasn’t that particular about the sizes!
Place the patties in the freezer for 15 minutes. While the patties are setting, melt chocolate for dipping. I used Semi-Sweet Morsels for this, but you can use candy melts, or Candyquiks. I used a double boiler to melt the morsels and added the melted chocolate into a bowl for easy dipping.
Dip each pattie into the chocolate, making sure to cover it all the way around. Allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place the patties onto parchment or wax paper to set. Make sure to add any sprinkles to the patties while they are still wet. I added peppermint crunch sprinkles to some of these.
Once the chocolate has set, I used a small knife to trim the excess chocolate from the patties. I’ve had several people taste test these and they all loved them.
If these are stored in the refrigerator, the center will firm up more. They can be stored in a air tight container without refrigeration. If you want to make several batches ahead of the holidays, these can be frozen. I tested a couple of different ways to freeze them and the best way to avoid a lot of color change in the chocolate is to wrap them in plastic wrap and then place into an air tight container. When you’re ready to serve them, remove from freezer and unwrap. They can be served right out of the freezer or allowed to reach room temperature.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
- 1/4 Cup Butter Softened
- 1/3 Cup Corn Syrup Light
- 2 Tsp Peppermint Extract
- 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 12 oz Package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels Or CandyQuick Or Candy Melts Melted
- Peppermint Spinkles Optional
Cream the butter and corn syrup in large mixing bowl.
Add peppermint extract and beat for 1 minute.
Add 1 cup of sugar and beat for 1 minute. Add second cup of sugar and continue beating for 1 minute. Add third cup of sugar and continue beating for 3 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
Continue beating until the mixture has firmed and will hold its shape.
Prepare wax or parchment paper with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Place large ball of mixture on sugar.
Pinch off small amounts of mixture and roll into 40 small balls.
Flatten balls using a fork.
Place patties into freezer for at least 15 minutes.
If using chocolate morsels:
Melt chocolate using a double boiler on medium heat. Place a small amount of water in bottom pot. Add morsels to top pot. Stir frequently while melting. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes before dipping. The morsels can also be microwaved, but a double boiler works best.
If using candy melts:
Follow the instructions above.
If using CandyQuik:
Follow package directions for melting. This is the easiest method, but the taste isn't quite as rich as morsels or candy melts.
Remove patties from freezer and dip each one into melted chocolate. Use a fork for dipping and allow excess to drip back into the bowl. Add sprinkles if desired before the chocolate sets.
Allow to cool completely. Store in an air tight container. These don't need to be refrigerated, but they can be for up to two weeks. To freeze , wrap the patties in plastic wrap and place in air tight container before placing in freezer.
If frozen, remove from freezer and allow patties to reach room temperature or serve as frozen treats.
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