Gifts from the Kitchen: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Who can resist the combination of smooth milk chocolate and a refreshing mint filling? Homemade peppermint patties are the perfect holiday treat! 

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Surprise your friends and loved ones with a box of homemade peppermint patties!

What is a Peppermint Patty?

A peppermint patty is a chocolate candy filled with a creamy mint center. The unique York peppermint patty was first released in 1940, and is now owned and produced by Hershey’s–a company that basically takes ALL my money because I have a strong sweet tooth! 

Out of all the candies out there, I have always thought peppermint patties and junior mints were unique. No candy is half as refreshing, with a yummy chocolate and mint aftertaste!

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Peppermint patties are probably one of the easiest candies to make at home!

Are Peppermint Patties Vegan or Dairy-Free?

The peppermint patties you buy in the store are not vegan, or dairy-free. But, the good news is that there is almost always vegan and dairy free substitution that can be made when you make your own candy!

To make this homemade peppermint patty recipe vegan and dairy-free, substitute the butter can be substituted with vegan butter. The heavy cream can be replaced with almond milk, or coconut cream, which you can whip.

Replace regular dairy-laden chocolate chips with vegan and dairy free options, like Enjoy Life chips, which are free of the most common allergens. 

Make sure the shortening you use is vegan and dairy free, like Spectrum Organics shortening. 

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Not all store bought peppermint patties are gluten free, so be safe and make your own at home!

Do Peppermint Patties Have Gluten? 

If you buy gluten free chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life brand), this recipe can be gluten free! Still check the labels of the other ingredients to be sure they are all gluten free, too. 

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Peppermint patties are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie platter!

How to Make Homemade Peppermint Patties

This is seriously the best peppermint patty recipe!

It’s very simple, and has a fun steps for kids to help with.

This recipe makes 16-18 pieces, only takes 15 minutes to prep, and the chill time is an hour (so pop on a Christmas movie while you wait!).

Homemade Peppermint Patties
I love that you can make peppermint patties at home with things you already have in the pantry!

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Peppermint Patties?

Almost all of these ingredients are in your fridge and pantry! I love when I don’t have to buy a bunch of fancy tools and ingredients, and can just try a new recipe on a whim.

Ingredients: 

2 ½ – 3 cups powdered sugar, plus some for dusting

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (12oz) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening or coconut oil

Decoration:

Additional chocolate for drizzle

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Did you know that if you refrigerate powdered sugar, it ruins it and makes it super crumbly and clumpy? Store at room temperature in an air0tight container for optimum quality.

Peppermint Patty Recipe Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, beat 2 cups powdered sugar, and butter until well combined.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Start your mixer and slowly work up to the suggested speed, or else you will have quite a mess!
  • Gradually add heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until well combined.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Keep a silicone spatula handy to clean the beaters off.
  • Add peppermint and vanilla extracts and beat until well combined.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Don’t over beat the mixture. Stop when you have stiff peaks.
  • Gradually add more powdered sugar until mixture is stiff.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

  • Place mixture on a piece of parchment paper and roll into a log about 2 inches in circumference.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Wrap in parchment paper and then chill.
  • Place in freezer to chill 20-30 minutes, or in refrigerator overnight.
Homemade Peppermint patties
Keep powdered sugar nearby in case the mixture is too sticky.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut log into pieces about ½ inch thick, roll into a ball using powdered sugar if dough is sticky.
  • Using a glass dipped in powdered sugar, gently flatten ball into circle.
  • Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Kids love to help with this part!
  • Return to refrigerator while you prepare the chocolate.
  • Add chocolate and shortening to microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, stir.
  • Continue heating for 20-30 seconds at a time and stirring after each heating.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Stir the chocolate between dipping patties in, to keep it from solidifying.
  • Stop just before chocolate is completely melted.
  • Stir until smooth.
  • Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Parchment paper is a must so that the peppermint patties don’t stick to the baking sheet as they cool.
  • Remove patties a few at a time from the refrigerator and dip into chocolate.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

  • Let set until fully hardened.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

  • Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes:

  • For drizzle – add melted chocolate to a plastic squeeze bottle and drizzle peppermint.
Yield: 16-18 pieces

Gifts from the Kitchen: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties

It's so fun and easy to make your own peppermint patties that you'll never want to buy them again!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ - 3 cups powdered sugar, plus some for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (12oz) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening or coconut oil
  • Decoration:
  • Additional chocolate for drizzle

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, beat 2 cups powdered sugar, and butter until well combined.
    2. Gradually add heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until well combined.
    3. Add peppermint and vanilla extracts and beat until well combined.
    4. Gradually add more powdered sugar until mixture is stiff.
    5. Place mixture on a piece of parchment paper and roll into a log about 2 inches in circumference.
    6. Place in freezer to chill 20-30 minutes, or in refrigerator overnight.
    7. Using a sharp knife, cut log into pieces about ½ inch thick, roll into a ball using powdered sugar if dough is sticky.
    8. Using a glass dipped in powdered sugar, gently flatten ball into circle.
    9. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
    10. Return to refrigerator while you prepare the chocolate.
    11. Add chocolate and shortening to microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, stir.
    12. Continue heating for 20-30 seconds at a time and stirring after each heating.
    13. Stop just before chocolate is completely melted.
    14. Stir until smooth.
    15. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.
    16. Remove patties a few at a time from the refrigerator and dip into chocolate.
    17. Let set until fully hardened.
    18. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

For decoration, add melted chocolate to a plastic squeeze bottle and drizzle over peppermint patties after the chocolate has set.

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