If you’ve ever been enamored of those store-bought mints in the silver wrapper, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you taste your own homemade peppermint patties. With the dark chocolate coating and fresh mint filling, it’s possibly one of the best flavor combinations ever concocted (or, rather, confected?). It is extremely simple to make, and the candies look and taste luscious. Packed into pretty boxes, they make an especially thoughtful during the holidays, too.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1 1/2 T butter, room temperature
1 1/2 T water
1 t peppermint extract
10 oz bittersweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate bar)
- Put the powdered sugar, butter, water, and peppermint extract into a medium-sized mixing bowl and beat, slowly at first and increasing the speed, until very smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Cover a cookie sheet with a piece of aluminum foil and set aside.
- With your hands, roll the mint filling into small, even-sized balls, and flatten with the back of a spoon or bottom of a glass. Arrange the mints on the foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl or pan, slowly melt the chocolate. You can do this in a microwave or in the top of a double boiler, but take it easy and go slowly. Don’t hurry and don’t let the chocolate get too hot. Melt slowly, stirring until the chocolate is completely smooth.
- Get the mints from the refrigerator and, using one or two forks, dip the mints one by one into the melted chocolate. Working quickly, dip the mint into the chocolate and tap the edge of the bowl or pan, letting the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Set the finished mint on the foil and continue working, setting the finished mints in rows, not touching each other.
- Chill another 30 minutes to set the chocolate, and enjoy!