Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Peppermint Patties

by Lisa on December 20, 2010

I love peppermint with chocolate!  And those two flavors are perfect together when making Christmas treats, which is why this recipe is so great.  I made a batch of homemade Peppermint Patties last weekend, and will be making another batch for my husband’s office Christmas party, this week.   The first batch were included in gift baskets for friends.  I found the recipe easy to follow and fun to make.  The results were better than I expected, and they are as good – if not better- than a York Peppermint Pattie!


  • 2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp water
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 (1 pound) box confectioner’s sugar (3 3/4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp shortening
  • 10-12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 hard mint candies, crushed in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin
  1. In the bowl, using an electric mixer, stir together the water, corn syrup, lemon juice and peppermint extract, then sift in half the confectioner’s sugar.  Add the shortening.  Beat on medium, then slowly sift in the remaining confectioner’s sugar until the mixture is well combined.
  2. Knead the mixture into a ball.  (It will be very stiff; if necessary, add 1/2 tsp water to make it workable.)  Use a rolling pin to flatten the ball between to sheets of wax paper.  You want a circle that is about 9 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick.   Lay the waxed paper covered disk on a cookie sheet and freeze it until it is firm, about 15 minutes.
  3. Homemade Peppermint Patties!

    Place the frozen disk on a cutting surface and remove and reserve the waxed paper.  Cove the cookie sheet with parchment paper.  With a small round cutter, cut out circles from the disk, then place them on the cookie sheet. Gather the scraps into a ball, and repeat using rolling pin and waxed paper to flatten the dough and cut more circles, until the entire disk is used up.  Freeze the circles for about 10 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate using a double boiler.  Coat the patties on at a time: balace each on a fork and dip it, then shake off any excess chocolate before returning the coated patty to the parchment.  Sprinkle each patty with a bit of crushed mint candy.
  5. Harden the finished patties in the refrigerator for at least an hour, and preferably overnight. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, layered between sheets of waxed paper, for up to one month.  (My recipe says it makes 5 dozen, however when I made mine, I only got about 3 dozen.)

Merry Christmas!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah December 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

These look SOOOO good!


Deanna December 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I have to try these out. They look so delicious!


NancyC December 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Those peppermint patties look so yummy! I need to try that recipe!


Julie December 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Thanks for hosting this every week. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!! These look delicious. I have so many peppermint recipes to try. I need to extend the season.


JessieLeigh December 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Oooh, the Family Fun recipe… it’s a good one! I’ve made it many times now- we boxed up over 30 boxes for teacher/therapist/co-worker gifts this year! 🙂


Lisa December 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

YES! It is the Family Fun recipe. I clipped it, when they published it and have been waiting to make them, for Christmas. I just love that magazine. Wow, 30 boxes. Good going! Merry Christmas.


Miz Helen December 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I just love peppermint patties, one of my all time favorites. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us and hosting every week. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


Lisa December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Thank you, Helen. Merry Christmas to you, too!


SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen December 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I love peppermint patties too — thanks for a make it yourself recipe!

have a blessed Christmas!!


e-Mom December 21, 2010 at 2:26 am

Merry Christmas, Lisa!


Tiffanee December 21, 2010 at 2:34 am

Those sound so delish!! What a great gift and treat for my family! Thanks!


April@The 21st Century Housewife December 21, 2010 at 3:55 am

I love peppermint with chocolate too – it’s a wonderful combination! Your peppermint patties look so pretty and delicious too. Thank you so much for hosting, and hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!


Sherry December 21, 2010 at 6:35 am

My daughter is going to flip when she sees this. Peppermint patties are her favorite candy.. She is going to practically beg me to make these – TODAY! LOL!


Grace December 21, 2010 at 7:52 am

Those look so yummy thanks for hosting this fun party


Heidi's Recipes December 21, 2010 at 8:29 am

We are huge peppermint patty fans and can’t wait to make these. Thanks for hosting the linky party. Merry Christmas!


Wendy December 21, 2010 at 8:55 am

Linked up with a leftover idea for the holidays. Thanks for hosting.

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Queen of the House December 21, 2010 at 9:16 am

These look so good! I will have to try making them (maybe AFTER Christmas)!!!!


Melinda December 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

I love peppermint patties but have not done well making them! My centers never hardened so the chocolate didn’t cover very well. I’ll have to try freezing them first like you did. Thanks for the tip and for hosting!


Creatively Melissa December 21, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thanks for hosting! Oh…and thanks for making my mouth water over your recipe! LoL Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!


Michelle December 21, 2010 at 11:27 am

Oooo those sound good. I love making homemade versions of these types of treats to give as gifts. I did truffles this year, and these would be a grat addition!


Carol@easytobeglutenfree December 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

Thanks for hosting. Merry Christmas!


Helen December 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm

peppermint & chocolate do go together don’t they , those sound good!


Mary Beth December 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

You are a girl after my own heart!!! Chocolate and peppermint are one of my all time favorite sweet combinations.


Audrey Keating December 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Wow, those look amazing. I’m going to have to try them soon! I just started following you today. Check out my blog if you have a chance. fridaynightdinnerdate.blogspot.com


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