It’s embarrassing to say how incredibly easy it is to make this homemade peppermint patties recipe. They are so good, you’d think they were the store-bought York Peppermint Patty version.
All you need are a few pantry staples and some melting chocolate to whip up this creamy, minty delight. They are the perfect addition to a Christmas cookie board or cookie exchange because they’ve been loved by so many!
Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we may have a bit of a sweet tooth. I especially love recipes that are easy enough for little ones to help put together. As we get closer to the holidays and it’s time to think about gift giving, something homemade, like these patties or peppermint bark is always a win.
I love to get my daughter into the kitchen with me to do some baking, especially with Christmas around the corner. This easy Christmas cookie idea is something the kids can give to friends, family, and teachers.
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Tips for Melting and Dipping Chocolate
- When melting chocolate in the microwave, it is crucial you don’t use full power or melt for longer than 20-30 seconds at a time. Chocolate chips, especially white chocolate, can be very finicky to work with. It can burn and seize easily.
- If you don’t have a microwave or prefer not to use it for this, a double boiler is an ideal way to melt chocolate. Bring a pot of water to boil, place a larger glass bowl of chocolate on top and stir consistently until the chocolate is melted.
- If you need to add a liquid to the chocolate to be melted, never use water as it will make the chocolate virtually impossible to work with. Instead, use milk, heavy whipping cream, or a bit of coconut oil a very small amount at a time, incorporating after each addition. Be sure not to use corn syrup as it will make your mixture seize.
- When dipping cookies, fruit, truffles, homemade Christmas candy, or peppermint patties, I recommend a dipping tool designed for chocolate instead of a fork or spoon. In our experience, a fork is too small to handle the dipping properly.
Ingredients and Step By Step Instructions
If you’re a baker, you might have all of this to make this fun Christmas candy recipe. already. If not, don’t worry – all of these ingredients are found in the bakery aisle of the grocery.
- Powdered sugar
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Peppermint extract
- Dark chocolate wafers
- Vegetable shortening
- Holiday sprinkles
Each step is detailed below so it’s easy to follow. Keep this page open while you are learning how to make peppermint patties, a creamy and delicious dessert. If you would like to work from a printable recipe, scroll down and select the print button.
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and the peppermint extract.
Step 2: Slowly add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, to the consistency of cookie dough.
Step 3: Roll dough into 1” balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Flatten with the palm of your hand.
Step 4: In a microwave-safe, medium-sized mixing bowl, melt the chocolate wafers and the shortening in the microwave.
Step 5: Using a candy dipper or a fork, dip the patties, one at a time in the melted chocolate.
Step 6: Add sprinkles or jimmies and allow to dry completely before serving.
Things to Keep in Mind While Making This Candy Recipe
- Use waxed and not parchment paper to dry the patties. If you use parchment paper, the patties will stick.
- Allow the patties to dry completely. If you do not, they will fall apart when you try to lift them off the wax paper.
- If you try to lift a chocolate-covered patty from the wax paper and it sticks, let it dry a bit longer. A totally dry peppermint patty dessert will easily lift off the surface of the waxed paper.
More Homemade Recipes You Might Like
- Reese’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cups and WOW are They Good! These no-bake treats are sure to satisfy even the snobbiest Reese’s fan. They are one of our favorite Christmas candy ideas.
- Homemade Fruit Roll Up: This Is So Easy, I’m Kind of Embarrassed! Fruit Roll-Ups are a school lunch must-have when I am packing lunches. Save your money on store-bought and make your own.
- This Homemade Hot Cocoa is so Easy the Kids Can Make It! Grab the kids and get ready to snuggle up with this seriously easy, and tasty recipe
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