One of the most delectable sweet treats are peppermint patties. I know this first hand, and I’m sharing the best homemade peppermint patty recipe.
When it comes to sweet desserts and growing up, I’ve got some doozie memories to share, as well as some epic disasters. One memory, in particular, that is always front and center in my mind is the one with the peppermint patty. It goes something like this….
“Whenever I bite into a York Peppermint Pah Patty…..”
My mom, dad, sister and I would be sitting at the dinner table, doing our best to recreate, in character, our favorite candy commercials, and I would own this peppermint patty one. I would take my coke-bottle-farsighted-glasses and prop them on my face just so; do my best to bring on the accent, and recite the lines of the commercial.
Never mind the fact that if I were to give into a chocolate candy (of sorts), this one would be the one and only.
This Is True.
I’ve talked about it numerous times around here that I’m not a chocolate person, but I could never pass by a peppermint patty.
Which brings me to another story.
There’s a candy store in Rhinebeck, NY that is owned by a couple of well-loved and known actors (one who’s last name rhymes with dud), yet is so far from. Sean, the kids and I go and visit occasionally, and among the numerous sweets we buy, the chocolate peppermint patties are an always. Recently, Sean brought home one of these patties. I have to tell y’all, they’re amazing. So, natch, I set out to try and create my own recipe to bring the same amazing and delicious results as this Rudd / Morgan treat.
So here we go with the taste testing. Recipe research, try some of this, omit some of that. Add a little more here and there. Typical, but so critical. Adapting a recipe is so important before hitting publish. Try, try again.
One quality I wanted to keep about the sweet shop recipe was the size. It wasn’t one of the one-inch-round size, but rather quite a bit larger. Although I enjoyed holding a coaster-sized patty and nibbling all the way around, it was after numerous testings that I deemed a two-inch cookie cutter to be the end-all-be-all.
Now to perfect the chocolate. Most recipes called for milk chocolate. And most normal people would agree. However, I’m not normal. I like to challenge the flavors and come up with the show-stopper. Answer here would be a deep dive of bittersweet chocolate. This chocolate pairs perfectly with the flavors of the sweetened condensed milk, along with the powdered suger.
Of course. Of course all that works.
Here Is My Delicious Recipe For Easy Homemade Peppermint Patty.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract
- 16 oz. bitterswette chocolate
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons shortening
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
- Place the condensed milk, peppermint extract in the bowl of a mixer.
- Add half of the powdered sugar and beat with a mixer on low speed. Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar. Beat until a smooth dough forms.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over a piece of parchment paper, Place the dough on the parchment and sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.
- Place another layer of parchment paper over dough.
- Roll dough into a 1/2 inch thick circle.
- Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles from the dough.
- **quick note: if the dough doesn't roll out evenly, place the dough in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up, then try again.
- Transfer the peppermint rounds to a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for 10-15 minutes.
- Chop chocolate into 1/2 inch pieces. Place in glass bowl, along with shortening.
- Pour 2 inches of water in the bottom of a 2" saucepan. Place chocolate bowl over water in saucepan.
- Simmer saucepan over a medium flame. Stir continuously until chocolate and shortening has melted.
- Using a fork, dip the patties one by one in the chocolate. Place on a piece of parchment lined baking sheet. Add crushed candy canes immediately. Let cool completely.
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
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