I’ve been making peppermint patties since I began baking and cooking on my own.
I started making these because they seemed easy enough – just make the filling (no bake!) and coat it in chocolate. However, I grew to learn that coating a soft filling in chocolate when you’re not experienced can sometimes lead to a very ugly treat. And so I practiced. Year after year.
I’m not sure my patties will ever look perfect but I keep trying. The taste is spot on.The filling is soft and chewy and the outside has a classic chocolate candy coating that hardens up wonderfully!
These just make the best gifts AND they last forever in the freezer!
Enjoy! They kind of look holy in this picture, don’t ya think?
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tbsp peppermint extract
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp shortening
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl), add the sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups of powdered sugar, and peppermint extract. Mix everything on medium speed using the paddle attachment (if using a hand mixer regular beaters are fine) until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is stiff but still pliable.
- Roll small balls of dough (about 1 tablespoon) between the palms of your hands. Press each ball down slowly and set the flattened disk on a piece of parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Transfer peppermint disks to the freezer for 20-30 minutes (but not longer) to set up.
- Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, making sure to stir after each time until chocolate is smooth. Stir in shortening to thin the chocolate. Remove patties from the freezer.
- Place a patty on the tines of the fork and dip in the chocolate until completely covered. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the patty before setting each one on top of wax or parchment paper.
- Allow the chocolate coated peppermint patties to completely set up. This can be done quicker by placing the patties in the refrigerator. The peppermint patties are ready when they are dry to the touch.
Recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life
Peppermint patties can be stored in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.