How was your Thanksgiving? Get enough turkey and dressing? What about family, did you get enough of them? I love spending time with my family both immediate and extended. I can’t wait until Christmas! Right before Thanksgiving break I had this bright idea that I could create homemade peppermint patties. I always love a challenge. If you remember back a couple of years ago, I attempted to make a bunch of homemade candy bars. I made Homemade Butterfingers, Homemade 3 Musketeers, Homemade Kit-Kats, and Homemade Reeses Cups. All 3 of those were a success!
..And then I attempted the Milky Way and it was a disaster. I tried more than once even, and it just wasn’t happening. I gave up.
So maybe this is a way to redeem myself by making peppermint patties? Either way, I’m happy with the results and I can’t wait to share them with you!
Do you remember my Candy Cane Brownies from last year? They are SO good and you must make some if you haven’t. My husband has been known to eat entire pans of them… I was getting ready to make them for Thanksgiving. There’s a layer of these brownies that consists of a thick peppermint-y dough and I thought why not try to make this dough into peppermint patties? You could simply shape it and then dip it in chocolate!
So I did.
I’m going to be honest with you. The first TWO times I made them, I failed. I couldn’t figure it out and I almost gave up on these too. I decided that it could be the butter I was using. Some recipes it makes no difference if you use real butter or not. Others, you absolutely HAVE TO use real butter. THIS is one of the latter recipes. I thought it had something to do with the fact that the butter was melted or not. So I tried my artificial butter melted and then softened and both times, I failed. Blah.
And then when I had the butter realization, it worked!
The moral of this butter story? USE REAL BUTTER.
I have had rave reviews about these. They are so smooth and creamy and remind me so much of the holidays. They would make great gifts.
Let me know if you try them!
- 2 & 1/2 c. Powdered Sugar + some for dusting
- 7 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 & 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 4 c. Chocolate Chips (2 12 oz bags)
- Beat powdered sugar with heavy cream and peppermint extract. Make sure to scrape the bowl. Slowly add in melted butter. Mixture should become like dough.
- Remove from bowl and knead. Sprinkle a little powdered onto counter surface. Knead dough until smooth.
- Roll out dough until fairly thin. Use something circular to cut out small circles. Place on wax paper and onto flat surface. Freeze circles for at least a couple of hours.
- After circles are frozen, remove from freezer and let sit out for a few minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips over double boiler or in microwave.
- Dip circles in chocolate and place on wax paper to set.
- Make sure that you slowly add in the butter. Once the mixture becomes a dough, if it's too runny or sticky, add in some powdered sugar to thicken it up.
- You can add more or less peppermint extract depending on how peppermint-y that you like it.
- I found that keeping them in the refrigerator keeps the insides more firm and more true to a real peppermint patty.
- You can make these bigger or smaller depending on your preference. I used the bottom of a piping tip the first time and they were a little bigger than I would prefer. You can use whatever you have around the house to make them the size you'd like.