Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner?? To get everyone in the Holly Jolly mood, I whipped up some of these easy, and Oh So Good Peppermint Patties! They are the perfect gift for your next Holiday gift exchange, and are much better then store bought.
The added candy cane crumbles inside and on top of these candies really give it something special!
My girlfriends and I usually have a cookie exchange we do each Holiday Season. Although this year we are baking lots of Holiday treats for all of our friends and loved ones, with this recipe at the top of the list!
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Recipe Adapted from Epicurean Mom
Yields about a dozen 2-inch patties
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
5 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, (possibly more)
2 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
24 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
5 medium size candy canes (crushed)
Mix condensed milk, vanilla extract, peppermint extract and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar in a standing mixer, fixed with the paddle attachment. Add the sugar incrementally, by each 1/2 cup full. The sugar batter should be just-not-sticky (it may take more or less sugar.) Add 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes to batter, mixing well.
Lay wax paper down. Make a 2-inch ball and flatten each ball into a disk. Lay on the wax paper and repeat. Refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
To temper the chocolate: Add 1/2 chocolate chips to a heat resistant bowl. Heat in 15 second increments, stirring after each heating. Once completely melted and another handful of chocolate chips, stir until well incorporated. I did the chocolate coating in 2 batches. So repeat this step with remaining chips once this batch is finished. Let warm chocolate cool for about 2 minutes. You don't want it too hot or it will melt the peppermint filling.
Once the chocolate has cooled using a fork for guidance, dip the peppermint patty in chocolate covering it completely. Slowly lift the patty out and set onto a clean piece of wax or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining peppermints.
While chocolate is still wet, crumble candy canes pieces on top of each chocolate patty. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and store in an airtight container.