Thursday, November 10, 2011

Holiday Peppermint Patties

Feel the coolness?! Mmm... mmm... good!
Apparently, it doesn't take chocolate to make a peppermint patty, a peppermint patty! At first bite, something so familiar, it will remind you of something from the candy aisle! Sure they could be made with chocolate, but a brown Christmas tree...I think not! Trust me, you won't miss the chocolate...and I love chocolate!
I haven't made peppermint patties in about 15 years, that was right before my cake disaster that scared me out of the kitchen! I am amazed I could even find my old recipe, it was packed away in a box in the attic, handwritten by a friend on an old recipe card, before the days of internet recipe storage! Of course that recipe used chocolate candy coating, I am using vanilla!
 
Here is what you will need:
Homemade Peppermint Patties
(Makes about 48 1-inch shaped peppermint patties)
1 pound of powdered sugar (about 3-3/4 cups)
4 ounces of cream cheese
Peppermint oil or flavoring (I used Wilton Candy Flavoring)
1 package Vanilla Candiquik (1 pound package)
Green Candy Coloring (I used Wilton Candy Coloring)
Optional: small cookie cutters and sprinkles
 1. In a medium size bowl, either by hand or in a mixer, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and peppermint oil. The amount of oil or flavoring you use will depend on the type you have. For these peppermint patties, I used the Wilton Candy Flavoring Peppermint oil, that takes about 30 drops using a small dropper. If you don't have a small dropper, that is about 1/8 teaspoon, use more or less depending on your preference. I started by mixing with a spatula and then went right in with my hands adding the powdered sugar about 1/3 of a bag at a time. To start, it doesn't seem like it will come together, but with the warmth of your hands it will work into a ball in no time. Just enjoy the wonderful peppermint aroma!
2. In between 2 sheets of waxed paper, roll out your peppermint dough working with about 1/3 of the ball at a time to about 1/2 inch thick. I do this simple because I hate cleaning up and the dough won't stick to the waxed paper.
3. Using small cookie cutter, cut out your shapes and place them on waxed paper and then into the refrigerator to chill. I used the Wilton Holiday Mini Metal Cookie Cutter Set.
I found it easier to put about half of the peppermints into the freezer and just take a few out at a time to dip.
1. Melt your Candiquik. Just pop it into the microwave for one minute. I melted 4 blocks in a 2 cup Pyrex bowl. The Candiquik can also be heated in the tray that it comes in, following the package directions. I like using this bowl for 2 reasons. First, it keeps it's heat longer than the tray and second, it has a lid and that makes it very easy to store the leftovers for future use! After the Candiquik is heated, it will come out looking just like that first picture and will need stirred.
2. Color the Candiquik. I started with just a toothpick of coloring, which was far from enough, it took quite a bit more to achieve the green that I wanted.
3. Take your peppermint and insert a toothpick about halfway into it for dipping. This is where I found it works best if the peppermint is partially frozen. If they are only refrigerated, the want to fall off the toothpick. Tap off the excess Candiquik and lay the candy coated peppermint patty onto waxed paper to dry. Sprinkle immediately while candy coating is still wet, if desired. I found it easier to remove the toothpick after the candy coating had set and just cover the hole from the toothpick with candy afterwards. The toothpick with twist right out, if you try and pull it straight out, it will crack.
I used some leftover chocolate to cover the gingerbread men peppermint patties.
I tried a couple different types of sprinkles for the trees.
I made holly leaves too.
48 peppermint patties go pretty fast...from "taste testing" too many, to dropping some off with my daughter for her friends at gymnastics, who all loved them by the way! We probably shouldn't let the coach in on that!
Here is the inside...YUM!



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23 comments:

  1. What a great recipe to add to my arsenal! I happen to love a peppermint patty and these are so pretty. I actually hate dipping things, but I think these would be very worth while!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  2. Wow! Never thought of this! How cool...

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  3. I love these! I bet they taste so much better than the ones you get at the store and these are more festive too. :)

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  4. Very Holiday! Love peppermint flavor. Pat

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  5. LOVE them! We made these for Easter and we gobbled them all up in no time. Can't wait to make them again fro Christmas!

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  6. Love chocolate and peppermint. I got your email, and just sent you one, with a pic for give away:)

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  7. These are awesome! And also featured on Miss Candiquik (http://blog.candiquik.com/?p=2537)!

    -Sarah

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  8. These are just so pretty and look so good! The cream cheese and peppermint flavoring, yum!

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  9. These look like a want one. I just looked at my old recipe card dated 1992 but they are made with a beaten egg white and checkerberry flavoring. Nice post. andi

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  10. Ooh, I think I remember my mom making these. They're delicious.:) Thank you for this recipe. It will be pinned.;)
    Shiloh
    everydaygameplan.net

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  11. These look delicious and so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon.
    Miz Helen

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  12. I love peppermint patties, but have never heard of using cream cheese, I want to try it now.

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  13. As always you have outdone yourself. I am pinning this to share during Christmas in December on Blissful and Domestic

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  14. Those are quite possibly the sweetest little candies ever. I love homemade peppermint patties.

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  15. What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. Oh, man! Is there any better combo than chocolate and peppermint?! Those look deLICious! Can I have one? :) Please say you'll share at my party:

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/11/shine-on-fridays-1.html

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  17. Oh my goodness, I want to taste one of these right now!! They are the cutest thing. I can't wait to make them!!!!

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  18. Oh wow!!! If I made these I'm sure I would eat them all. I LOVE Peppermint Patties!!!!

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  19. These look delicious. Found you through One Artsy Mama Shine on Friday party. :)

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  20. I just wanted to let you know I featured you today over at Blissful and Domestic:> Stop by and grab a button:>

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/11/pinning-it-wednesday-christmas.html

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  21. this one is going in the recipe book for sure. peppermint patty candies are some of my favorites, so I know ill absolutely love this:) So glad Pinterest led me here!
    http://chooseconfidence.blogspot.com

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