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Peppermint Patties

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Peppermint Patties
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Dark chocolate encloses a creamy, minty center in these candies that are reminiscent of York Peppermint Patties. I like to use extra dark chocolate (72%) because I love the contrast between the bitter chocolate and the refreshing mint, but any chocolate will do.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: about 3 dozen Peppermint Patties

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp softened butter
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 8 ounces (about 1-1/3 cup) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable shortening

Preparation:

1.Prepare a cookie by lining it with aluminum foil or waxed paper.

2. In a mixed fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the sugar, butter, extracts, and cream on low speed. Once combined, raise speed to medium-high and beat for an additional 30-60 seconds until the mixture holds together very well and is creamy, not powdery. It should have the texture of Play-Doh--smooth but not sticky. If the candy seems too sticky, add more powdered sugar as necessary until it's easy to work with.

3. If your kitchen is warm or your candy is too soft to roll, place it in the refrigerator to set for about 20 minutes.

4. Using a teaspoon, roll the candy into small balls and flatten them on the waxed paper with the palm of your hand. Repeat for remaining candies.

5. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.

6. Melt the chopped chocolate and the shortening in the microwave or over a double boiler, and stir until fully incorporated.

7. Using dipping tools or two dinner forks, dip the patties into the chocolate one by one. Drag them across the lip of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate, and replace them on the cookie sheet. Once all chocolates are dipped, put them in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.

Holiday variation: To make a lovely Christmas presentation, try using food coloring to dye some centers red and some green.

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 5 out of 5
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Member jkjkjkj

I was looking for something like York peppermint patties that I could make anytime, and they are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had only a little trouble doing the ball part because my teaspoon didn't work, so I used my hands and it still worked great!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would recommend heavy cream, it makes it sooooo much better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, don't expect them to be perfect the first time, it takes a little practice!

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