Out with the pumpkin and in with the peppermint. Growing up, a box of peppermint bark and a box of peppermint patties magically made their way to my counter every December. Like clockwork, Thanksgiving passed and these minty treats instantly appeared. For as long as I can remember, I thought that any candy involving mint was pretty much the grossest thing ever. Then last year, I decided to make homemade peppermint bark for my family and figured I had to at least try it. You know, in case it was terrible or something. Suddenly, I actually found the mint and chocolate combination refreshing and maybe understood what all of the hype was about.
Given my newfound love of peppermint, I figured the next natural step was to give homemade peppermint patties a try. While I am still partial to the bark, these patties are pretty incredible and I can’t get over how easy they are to make. I had never given much thought to what makes up the inside of a peppermint patty, but the ingredient list is surprisingly simple. The filling is pretty much made of confectioner’s sugar with a touch of peppermint, corn syrup, cream, oil and lemon juice. These ingredients come together as a soft dough and then you cut little circles out and dip them in chocolate. The entire process takes under an hour!
If you’re a peppermint fan you HAVE to give these a try. They’re the perfect miniature treat to have around the house and would make a great holiday gift for someone with a sweet tooth. It’s definitely a busy time of year, but I promise these take no time at all!
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2-3 Tbsp. light cream or half and half
- 1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 12 oz semisweet chocolate, or use dark if you prefer
- crushed candy canes for garnish
- Stir together the coconut oil, cream, corn syrup, lemon juice, peppermint extract and vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add another tablespoon of cream if dough is too crumbly. Form dough into a ball and roll into a circle, about 1/4 inch thick. Place dough in freezer for about 15 minutes.
- Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut out patties. Return to freezer for about 10 minutes. Melt chocolate in a double broiler on the stove. Dip patties with a fork and cover completely. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Place in fridge to speed up hardening process. Enjoy!
- I like to store these in the fridge so they last longer and stay firm