Homemade Peppermint Patties are so simple and as pure as a candy can be. No additives or preservatives with only four ingredients.
As a child I can remember going to the movies with my mom and we would always, both, get the mints. It was either Junior Mints or York Peppermint Patties. Never in my life did I think, in my future, I would be making Homemade Peppermint Patties or that it was even possible.
There are so many good memories with my mom. My BFF. I think I was hers too. But don’t we all think that “Mom likes me best”? Since I’ve become older I know there is no top to a mother’s love. It is infinite. So how can there be a favorite? At least that’s what I tell my siblings. Hee.
Anyway, we had a lot in common from good work ethics, to being artistic (mom’s best), liking small tedious work like needlepoint and jigsaw puzzles and by all means Mints. When I was trying to think of my next new recipe Homemade Peppermint Patties seemed like a no brainer.
I tried to make them healthy but I just couldn’t. Nothing I did came out right so here we are with a very special treat that tastes just like the original. You can control yourself anyway. Right? Thank goodness they keep in the fridge really well and they freeze quickly and perfectly.
The surprising thing about this Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe is that if the mints are left in the fridge they mimic York’s firmer mint but if they are left out in a dish they become the creamier Junior Mint. The chocolate holds the special little package either way. You choose – or go for both.
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Homemade Peppermint Patties
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 2 teaspoons Peppermint Extract
- 1 cup chocolate of your choice for dipping. I used semi sweet chocolate.
- 1 Tablespoon extra of coconut oil to mix in with the chocolate.
- If your coconut oil is solid - melt for a few seconds in the microwave and let cool. You really only have to melt the coconut oil halfway or so. It will be hot enough to melt the rest of the oil as it is sitting.
- Sift the powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) into a large bowl. This will make sure the mints are smooth.
- Add the 1/4 cup melted oil and the peppermint extract.
- Mix with a Hand Mixer until smooth.
- Put in the freezer for about 1/2 hour or so until it hardens a bit.
- It will scoop out perfectly with a small One Tablespoon Scoop If you don't have one you can take out chunks with a tablespoon.
- Smash the balls into rounds and put them back into the freezer to harden.
- They can even be frozen solid. If you plan to leave them in the freezer overnight - cover them.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave until just melted. Stir a couple of times while heating. You can burn the chocolate so watch it.
- Stir in the 1 Tablespoon of extra oil for thinning the chocolate a bit.
- Take the mint rounds out of the freezer.
- I have tried three different ways to get the chocolate on the mints and the method below is the easiest and neatest way to accomplish a nice look.
- Hold the mint with your fingers and dip more that halfway into the chocolate. Hold the mint at an angle to get it deeper in the chocolate.
- Let extra chocolate drip off (you can shake it a little) and place on the parchment paper. There will still be some mint showing.
- Keep dipping each mint as described above. Place the cookie sheet with the half dipped candies in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
- You may need to zap the dipping chocolate to get it thin enough for dipping again.
- Now dip the other half of the candies and place back on the parchment paper.
- Put back in the fridge to harden completely.
There you have it - beautiful peppermint patties. Store in an airtight container. I keep mine in the fridge and take them out for serving. You can freeze them but they will keep a couple weeks in the refrigerator.
If you choose to freeze the peppermint candies for a longer period of time they will keep in a freezer bag or a rigid sided freezer container.
Defrosting is barely necessary as they are still good when they are quite hard. Just take out of the freezer and set wherever you want.