Chocolate Treats

Homemade peppermint patties are here, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

If you love store-bought peppermint patties, you’re going to flip over this homemade version. It’s a chocolate lover’s world this week, and you’re about to rule it!

Homemade Peppermint Patties Ingredients:

3 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons softened butter

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

4 tablespoons cream

12 oz. melting chocolate wafers (dipping chocolate)

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract and cream. On medium high, beat with a paddle attachment. (Mixture will be crumbly at first.) Turn mixer on high and beat until it becomes creamy and smooth.

Candy should be soft but not sticky. If too sticky, add more powdered sugar, a little at a time, until the consistency is that of Play-Doh.

Roll out a long piece of plastic wrap. Scoop out mixture onto the wrap and form into a long thin roll about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. (This will be the size of the inside of your peppermint patty.)

Roll it up tightly in the plastic wrap and twist or tie off the ends. (I divided the mixture up into two logs and wrapped each in plastic wrap to keep one log chilled while working with the other.)

Tip: To keep your candy round, cut a slit all the way down an old cardboard paper towel tube, and put the candy inside which will help keep the bottom from flattening as it sits in the refrigerator.

Chill the candy until it is very firm, at least one hour. Prepare a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and place in refrigerator to chill. When candy has hardened, remove from plastic wrap and, using a sharp knife, slice off rounds about 1/4 inch thick.

Melt the dipping chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring to prevent overheating.

Using a fork or dipping tool, dip a patty into the melted chocolate, coating completely. Let the excess coating drip back into the bowl. Set on chilled parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the candy slices. Immediately refrigerate to harden.

Store in airtight container in fridge or at room temperature. Serves approximately 30

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