Homemade Peppermint Patties

I’ve been making peppermint patties since I began baking and cooking on my own.

Peppermint Patties // Warm Vanilla Sugar

It seemed easy enough – make the filling (no bake!) and coat it in chocolate. But you see, coating a soft filling in chocolate when you’re not experienced can sometimes lead to ugly treats. And this is why I haven’t posted these delicious chocolate covered balls of love before.

Peppermint Patties // Warm Vanilla Sugar

I’m happy to report that I made peppermint patties again this year with success. They are soft and chewy on the inside with an awesome chocolate coating on the outside. Perfect for the holidays!

Peppermint Patties // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Let’s get started! Add condensed milk, 2 cups of powdered sugar, and peppermint extract to a large mixing bowl.

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Mix everything on medium speed using a hand mixer (or your paddle attachment) until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.

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Work until the dough is stiff but still pliable.

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Roll 3/4″ balls of dough between the palms of the hands.

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Press each ball down slowly and set the flattened disk on a flat cutting board or plate. Transfer peppermint disks to the freezer for no longer than 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, temper the chocolate coating.

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Place chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, making sure to stir after each time until chocolate is smooth. Stir in shortening to thin the chocolate. Remove patties from the freezer.

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Place a patty on the tines of the fork (or super duper dipping tool) and dip in the chocolate until completely covered. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the patty before setting each one on top of wax or parchment paper.

Peppermint Patties // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Allow the chocolate coated peppermint patties to completely set up. This can be done quicker by placing the patties in the refrigerator.

Peppermint Patties // Warm Vanilla Sugar

The peppermint patties are ready when they are dry to the touch.

Peppermint Patties // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Enjoy! They kind of look holy in this picture, don’t ya think?

Peppermint Patties // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life
Makes 32 candies

Ingredients
1 can sweetened condensed milk
5 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tablespoon peppermint extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons shortening

Directions
Add condensed milk, 2 cups of powdered sugar, and peppermint extract to a large mixing bowl. Mix everything on medium speed using the paddle attachment until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is stiff but still pliable.

Roll 3/4″ balls of dough between the palms of the hands.

Press each ball down slowly and set the flattened disk on a flat cutting board or plate. Transfer peppermint disks to the freezer for no longer than 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, temper the chocolate coating.

Place chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, making sure to stir after each time until chocolate is smooth. Stir in shortening to thin the chocolate. Remove patties from the freezer.

Place a patty on the tines of the fork and dip in the chocolate until completely covered. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the patty before setting each one on top of wax or parchment paper.

Allow the chocolate coated peppermint patties to completely set up. This can be done quicker by placing the patties in the refrigerator. The peppermint patties are ready when they are dry to the touch. Enjoy!

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