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Homemade Peppermint Patties

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Makes: About 30 Candies

14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
6 ½ cups Confectioners Sugar
1 tablespoon Peppermint Extract
3 cups Dark Chocolate, Chopped
2 tablespoons Shortening

In the bowl of stand mixer, beat together the sweetened condensed milk, 3 cups of powdered sugar, and the peppermint extract.  Add the remaining powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until the dough is stiff but still easy to handle.

Using your hands, grab a small 1-inch piece of dough and roll it into ball.  Flatten the ball into a round disc and place on a baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining dough.

Place the discs into the freezer to chill for about 30 minutes.

In the meantime, melt the chocolate.  Place the chocolate in a heatproof and microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds, then remove it and stir.  Place it back in the microwave and repeat microwaving for 30 seconds and stirring until the chocolate has completely melted and is smooth.  Add the shortening and stir until it has completely melted into the chocolate.

When the patties have hardened and are thoroughly chilled, remove them from the freezer and place them on the counter next to melted chocolate.  Place a large piece of wax paper next to the melted chocolate.

Place one patty on top of one fork and dip into the chocolate.  Using another fork, coat the patty completely and carefully place it onto the wax paper.  Repeat with the remaining patties.

Allow the patties to cool on the wax paper until hardened.   To speed up the process you can place the patties in the refrigerator to chill.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

These peppermint patties last up to 2 weeks when kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe from Savory Sweet Life.

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