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Homemade Peppermint Patties

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I’ve been meaning to try my hand at homemade mint patties since before Halloween, but this recipe got lost between my seasonal infatuation with pumpkin, eggnog, and all things Thanksgiving.

There are a few peppermint patty variations out there, but many use cream cheese. Sure, you can buy vegan cream cheese, but my TJ’s doesn’t carry it and I’m taking a little break from Whole Foods, since I can never spend less than $50 there. Even if I only have organic kale on my list, I always seem to walk out with a new, must-have body wash, exotic dark chocolate, and token bottle of kombucha. In other words, necessities.

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So, I nixed the cream cheese and stuck to a simple mix of powdered sugar, agave, a small amount of shortening, water, and the star of the show – mint extract. A little of the mint extract goes a very long way in this recipe, as this stuff is STRONG. I do not recommend tasting it straight out of the bottle. I mean, who would do that anyway? Not me.

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I was concerned that the filling would be difficult to work with, but all it took was an extra sprinkle of powdered sugar to roll it out.

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Giving it a quick 20 minutes in the freezer also helped the filling keep its shape after a dip in some semi-sweet chocolate, although I’m still finding chocolate on my counters, freezer door, and in my wedding band. Nope, I’m not missing a diamond, that’s just chocolate. It’s fine.

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The messy chocolate coating process is one hundred percent worth it. These peppermint patties turned out infinitely better than their store-bought counterparts. Even my mom, who declared my last batch of mint chocolate cupcake frosting to be similar to toothpaste, loved these. Hey, you can’t win ’em all. There’s a fine line between perfectly minty buttercream and toothpaste, apparently.

mint_patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Amanda Maguire
Prep time: 50 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 35 patties
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Agave
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Water
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Shortening (I used Earth Balance brand)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Peppermint Extract
  • 2 C. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Tbs. Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add powdered sugar, agave, water, shortening, and peppermint extract. Blend with an electric mixer until a dough forms.
  2. Lightly dust your counter or work surface with powdered sugar, then transfer your peppermint dough and roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. I also put a little powdered sugar on the rolling pin to keep it from sticking.
  3. Place dough on a parchment-lined cookie sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to allow to harden.
  4. Remove from freezer and cut peppermint-patty-sized circles using a cookie cutter or a small glass (a shot glass would work well).
  5. You can continue this process with any leftover dough (form into a ball, roll out, freeze, and cut circles) or simply form small balls of dough using your hands, similar to junior mints.
  6. Place the circles of dough on the cookie sheet and back in the freezer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate for dipping by melting chocolate chips and coconut oil, stirring until no lumps remain.
  8. Remove dough from freezer and dip each circle, one at a time, into melted chocolate. Return to parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  9. Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes, until chocolate has completely hardened.
  10. Store in fridge or freezer.
Notes

If you don’t have agave, honey would also work well in this recipe.

You can certainly use a double boiler to melt the chocolate, but I simply microwaved mine for 30 second intervals and then stirred. Just be sure to keep a close eye on it, as chocolate burns awfully fast!

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  1. Lee says

    I never knew what Peppermint Patties were made out of!

    1. Amanda says

      I imagine the York ones have a more complicated ingredient list. 😉

  2. wow, this recipe looks amazing!!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks! They’re very addictive. 🙂

  3. mmm, that looks soo good

  4. Billie says

    I am going to try these for sure. I have a beautiful brand new Kitchen Aid (a gift to myself) so I will use it and certainly will let you know how I managed. Being British I usually work to a recipe with exact measurements rather than cups so this will be a test of my ability to switch off the weights and measure head as well as switching on the KitchenAid. xx

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! Yes, please let me know how they turn out. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that mine are almost gone already. I’m blaming my husband. 😉

  5. I need to try these. Junior mints and peppermint patties are hands down, my favorite “candies” that exist. In high school, my boyfriend (now husband) would come over one Wednesday nights and I’d force him to watch Dawson’s Creek with me. He brought me a box of junior mints every week. They’d be gone by the first commercial. Needless to say, I’m obsessed with the chocolate + mint combo.

    1. Amanda says

      I’m the same way with junior mints!

      Love the Dawson’s Creek flashback. haha I’ve also known my husband since high school and while I don’t remember watching Dawson’s Creek with him, I did force him to watch Clueless and Legally Blonde about a million times. Poor guy.

  6. They look amazing, Amanda! I have seen similar recipes for DIY Peppermint Patties and once about 2 yrs ago a girl guest posted on my site and made peppermint patties but they included coconut in the filling…so not truly ‘official’ in the traditional York sense. Yours looks PERFECT. And they’re vegan.

    “I was concerned that the filling would be difficult to work with, but all it took was an extra sprinkle of powdered sugar to roll it out.” <–exactly why I've never made them. Good to know!

    1. Amanda says

      Coconut sounds like it could be good too! One of these days I really need to attempt a homemade mounds bar.

  7. Peppermint Patties are my hands down FAVORITE!! I think these need to be made and then given away as gifts asap since I will eat them all!

  8. My heart skips a beat every single time I come here!! Peppermint Patties is Christmas to me…i used to love After Eight 😉 YUM!!!

    xxoo

  9. Emily says

    Peppermint Patties were my favorite candy growing up! (Along with Milky Ways) But, I haven’t had either since switching to a vegan diet. I can’t wait to try this recipe! They look amazing. 🙂

  10. YES!! I totally have to make these! My father-in-law loves peppermint Patties… and I just bookmarked this recipe to make for him!! You ROCK!

    1. Amanda says

      Let me know how they turn out! I’m already contemplating making a 2nd batch…

  11. First of all- you are brilliant! Love this recipe! Just wondering- are these okay at room temperature? A little jar of these would make an EXCELLENT DIY Christmas gift… if I can keep them away from my husband, that is.

    Oh- and I am the SAME about Whole Foods. I often don’t “allow” myself to go, because I’ll spend way too much money on things I don’t need!!

    1. Amanda says

      I haven’t tried these at room temperature, but I imagine they would be okay. If anything, I think the filling would just be softer, but not melty. I’ll leave a few out on my counter and report back on what happens. 🙂

      Whole Foods is like Anthropologie for me – I want EVERYTHING.

  12. Caitlin says

    i am making these NOW! 😉

    1. Amanda says

      haha They’re so good!

  13. Yup, these are the ones I want!

    1. Amanda says

      I hope you like them as much as I do!

  14. Pamela Owens says

    Hi, My husband and I are in the middle of making these peppermint pattiies and they are not forming a dough. It seems dry. What can I add to make a dough. I was concerned about add more shortening or honey. HELP!

    1. Amanda says

      I would try mixing in a little more honey and water at a time (I’d try equal parts of each) until you’re able to form it into a dough. It’s possible that your powdered sugar was packed down a little bit, or your honey was on the thicker side (as opposed to pourable, more like the consistency of agave in the original recipe) and either of these things could have contributed to a drier dough. The good news is that since there isn’t flour in the dough, there’s no need to worry about over-mixing! 🙂

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