With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it seems like the internet has been exploding with green and mint-themed desserts. I absolutely love it since peppermint is one of my favorite flavors when it comes to the sweet stuff. It also gives me hope knowing that Spring is officially less than 30 days away – can’t wait for green grass, abundant trees, and beautiful flowers to emerge everywhere. Oh, and sunshine. The thought of sitting outside on our deck and soaking up some rays makes me giddy beyond belief. But until then, these peppermint patties will have to do.
Now I know I talked about how much I adore the color green in pretty much everything right now, but there’s something I love just a little bit more: York Peppermint Patties. And there ain’t no green in them!
I wanted my first attempt at making my own peppermint patties to be as close to my favorite version as possible. And that includes the way they look. Nothing beats the beautiful contrast between dark chocolate and the beautiful white interior. Whoever came up with the idea for these definitely knew what they were doing. And once you learn how easy it is to make your own, you will probably ask yourself the same thing I have – why in the world did I wait so long to make these?? Prepare yourself to get your mind blown.
Now that I know the secret, I sure am glad that I started working out again. ‘Cause that’s what it’s really all about. I work out so I can indulge in carbs, chocolate and other sweet things. There is nothing like eating my way through a stack of peppermint patties and knowing that their calories don’t count since I’ll be running later that day. Right? Isn’t that how it works?
Seriously though. Getting back to running has been great so far. People always say how good they feel after a workout and I vaguely remembered that feeling. When I first started, my body was hurting all over… I thought it would take me weeks to start feeling wonderful post workout again, but it only took 3 relatively short runs. I am beginning to loving it again. Not quite as much as I love eating these patties though, ha!
The recipe for these is pretty straightforward. One thing I need to tell you is that the chilling time for the patties before dunking them into the chocolate is crucial. You need to make sure to give them enough time to harden, otherwise they start to deform and it’ll be extremely hard to coat them evenly. I actually left the tray of patties in my freezer and removed two at a time, leaving the remaining patties to continue to cool, which worked beautifully. Once coated, the patties keep their shape really well and are just like the ones you’re used to.
Whew – this week seems to be flying by. How is it Wednesday already? One step closer to the weekend – let’s celebrate with Peppermint Patties!!
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1. Combine 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, water, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and shortening in the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat until just combined at medium speed. Dust your countertop with remaining confectioners' sugar and knead dough by hand (until most of the confectioners' sugar is worked in and dough is smooth).
- 2. Place patty dough between two sheets of parchment paper or two pieces of clear wrap. Roll out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer to a baking sheet and freeze for 15-30 minutes or until firm.
- 3. Once the dough has had time to chill, remove from freeze and using a cookie cutter (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter), cut out as many patties as possible. Reroll remaining dough and cut out additional patties. If dough becomes sticky, sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar. Place onto baking sheet and freeze again until patties are firm (about 15-30 minutes).
- 4. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. When the patties are ready to be coated in chocolate, melt chocolate chips in the microwave or with the help of a double boiler. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and stir well. Removing 2 patties at a time from the freezer, place first patty into the chocolate. With the help of a fork, turn patty over and make sure all sides are evenly coated. Remove from the melted chocolate and before transferring to the prepared baking sheet, tap fork gently against the side of the bowl to get rid of any excess chocolate. Continue until all patties are coated. Return baking sheet to the freezer until chocolate is set (about 15 minutes).
- Patties will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks if stored in the fridge or freezer.