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Peppermint Patties

This is another of my hubby’s favorites but ironically, I made them for another man!  I gift every member of our church with homemade treats on their birthday (we’re small so this is only slightly overwhelming but I love every minute of it), and these were for a guy who likes peppermint as well.  Dennis did, however, eat the ones that weren’t pretty enough to be included in the candy box.  I’m such a great wife, aren’t I? ;)

Though I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, I thought these were fantastic (so did Dennis) and ate several myself. The dark chocolate and cool peppermint is perfectly balanced. They are pretty simple to make as well and are a great winter (or any time) treat!

Peppermint Patties
adapted from Gourmet magazine via Sweet Cheeks
Yield: 3-4 dozen

filling:
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 T shortening

chocolate coating:
12 ounces 70%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 T shortening

Make filling:
Beat 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, shortening, and a pinch of salt using an electric mixer (with paddle attachment if using a stand mixer) at medium speed until just combined. Knead on a work surface dusted with remaining 1/4 cup confectioners sugar until smooth. Roll out between sheets of parchment paper on a large baking sheet into a 7- to 8-inch round (less than 1/4 inch thick). Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Remove top sheet of paper and sprinkle round with confectioners sugar. Replace top sheet, then flip round over and repeat sprinkling on other side.

Cut out as many rounds as possible with cutter, transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, gather scraps, re-roll, and freeze, then cut out more rounds, freezing them.

Make chocolate coating:
Melt the chocolate and shortening together in a double boiler or in the microwave, being careful not to overheat.

Balance 1 peppermint round on a fork and submerge in melted chocolate, letting excess drip off and scraping back of fork against rim of bowl if necessary, then return patty to sheet (to make decorative ridges on patty, immediately set bottom of fork briefly on top of patty, then lift fork straight up). Coat remaining rounds, rewarming chocolate as necessary. Let patties stand until chocolate is set, about 1 hour. (I placed the sheet in the fridge for fifteen minutes to speed this process up.)

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

9 responses »

  1. Wow! I love peppermint.
    I had no idea they were so simple.
    I think I’ll make them for my dad for his birthday this month.

    Thanks for the idea!

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  2. You’re welcome!

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  3. Oh yum, they look wonderful!

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  4. Veronica,
    Girl I love peppermint patties! Oh, gee you made these for another man!! Lol Just kidding. Poor Dennis he just got the crumbs..Lol …I bet the church can’t wait to see what you will be bringing in next. Do you ever overwhelm yourself? I seen how you had to make 4 cakes this week. Girl, you are a busy lady! Great post i love these things. I have some peppermint extract i bought because i was going to make these and never did, now i seen your post i will def. make these now. Thanks!!
    ~Southern Cookbook ~Cheryl
    http://www.thesoutherncookbook.com
    P.S. I love the subscribe button on your site, now when you post i get an email. So now i don’t miss anything…:)

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  5. Thanks for the comment Cheryl! Yeah, I’m pretty busy all the time but I totally brought it on myself! Only one cake this week is an order and the other three are for my Mom and friends’ birthdays. I don’t have to do it but I enjoy it so sometimes I stress myself out trying to do too much!

    I think you’ll like these peppermint patties–let me know!

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  6. Thanks Veronica. I will make these to.

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