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I've never been much of a chocolate hound, but I've always had a soft spot for peppermint patties. Naturally, I wanted to see how much of an effort it would be to make them from scratch! I've seen a ton of recipes for them online, but I decided to go with this recipe from Oh Nuts! ( I altered it slightly ). The first time I read it, I was a little horrified. I mean, look at the amount of sugar. And there is really nothing else! It's just sugar. Le sigh.
Realizing that whatever was in the packaged variety probably had that much sugar AND gawd-knows-what-else in it, I decided to swallow my horror at the volume of pure sugar in this recipe and go ahead an give it a try.
I like peppermint patties, so I figured I'd like these, but they are better than good. They are sublime. The peppermint inside was super easy to throw together, too. I am not the world's greatest candy dipper, so the chocolate part was slightly more difficult for me. I cheated and used Dark Chocolate Candy Melts instead of using classic Dark Chocolate, but I think the subtle chocolate-y-ness of the candy melts was a good pairing with the peppermint. I think true dark chocolate might have made them a little too bitter.
I am looking forward to trying this recipe with different extracts ( maybe a raspberry filling with an almond bark coating is in the future ... ), because I think this base recipe is one that it is going to be really fun to play with. Have you ever tried any other flavors? How'd it work out?
- 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp softened salted butter
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 ½ tbsp cream
- 12 oz Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers
- Mix powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and cream in a large bowl on low.
- Gradually increase the speed up to medium as the sugar becomes more incorporated and less likely to blow up in your face.
- Once the candy is completely combined ( it will have a very dough-like look to it ), remove from the bowl and shape into a log with approximately a 1" diameter.
- Wrap the log in parchment paper, and freeze for 30 minutes, or until dough is very firm.
- Remove from freezer, unwrap, and cut the log into ¼" slices.
- Place the slices on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and freeze for another 30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate wafers according to the directions on the package, and dip each mint candy slice into the melted chocolate. Allow the dipped chocolates to set on the parchment lined cookies sheet for easy removal.
Place the wafers in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave for 30 seconds, and stir again. Repeat until all wafers are melted.