Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Tis the season for baking. At least it is in my house.  I hold off on any uneccessary oven use until the summer heat subsides.  While these patties don't need an oven, they won't set well in a humid kitchen.  They make best, and transport best,  in the cooler temperatures.

This is one of my favorite desserts to make.  They are relatively easy, quick and they are delicious. It may take a few tries to get the mixture perfect for molding and dipping, but if you add the evaporated milk slowly and watch the consistency you should be successful.

Homemade Peppermint Patties:

1 32 oz bag confectioner sugar
4 Tbsp softened butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 cup evaporated milk
24 oz bag milk chocolate chips

Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper.  Set aside.

In large bowl combine first 4 ingredients.

Mix with large spoon to combine.  Add evaporated milk and mix well.  

Once the mixture is the consistency of playdoh, roll into 1-2 inch balls.  I always go for the larger patties, primarily because if I'm limiting myself to one, I want it to be satisfying.  There is always a method to my madness. 

Mixture cannot be crumbly.  This makes for disappointing dry patties that are difficult to dip.  Add a few drops of evaporated milk if dough balls are crumbling. 

Flatten dough ball and mold into patty.  Place on wax lined baking sheet.  

When all the patties are molded place trays in freezer for at least 30 minutes.  At this time I wash my hands and clean my work area.  While patties are freezing melt your chocolate.

If you are melting chocolate in the microwave, place all but 1/2 cup chips in a sturdy glass bowl.  Microwave on high for 30 second intervals.  Check and stir chips after each interval.  Once chips are 90% melted, remove and add in 1/2 cup chips.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted.  Should be smooth and creamy, and drip from fork or spoon.  Always make sure all bowls and utensils are dry when melting chocolate.  Even a tiny drop of water will cause chocolate to seize and harden. 

Remove one tray patties from freezer and begin dipping patties, one at a time, in chocolate with fork. 

Place patties back on wax lined (cold) tray after dipping.  This will help them set.  

Store patties in fridge and enjoy!

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