I love peppermint patties and always reach for one after lunch. Now you can make your own at home! This recipe is fun for kids to get involved too!
At work, I sit by department’s our snack drawers. And by snacks, I’m talking about granola bars, fruit gummies, cheesy crackers, popcorn, fun-sized chocolates and peppermint patties. Oh, the peppermint patties!
If it were up to me, I’d eat a peppermint patty every day. They’re just the perfect size – just a few bites and you’re done. And they provide me with just enough chocolate to get me through the day and also contain just enough mint to keep my breath fresh. I seriously think they are the perfect after-meal snack.
The recipe here makes more than enough candies to share – and then some. Feel free to halve the recipe if you don’t want any extras hanging around the house. Or, you can make the full recipe and send the rest to me for my after-lunch snack. It’s also a fun recipe to try out with kids and let them get involved. They will love the play-doh-like texture that the minty center creates!
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 5 Tablespoons vegetable shortening divided
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil or extract
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 ounces white chocolate chopped
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 12 ounces dark/bittersweet chocolate chopped
- Generously grease and line a 12"x18" baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl if using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and 3 Tablespoons of the shortening together on medium speed and light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the cream, peppermint extract, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Melt the white chocolate (either in a small saucepan or in 30 second bursts in the microwave - be careful not to overheat the chocolate or else it will seize). Pour the melted white chocolate into the stand mixer bowl and mix on medium speed until well blended.
- Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time. Then turn the mixer to high until the texture looks a bit like play-doh.
- Transfer the mixture to your prepared pan and smooth the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- While the pan is chilling in the refrigerator, melt the dark chocolate with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of shortening. Mix well so it is smooth. Pour this over the chilled pan and smooth the top. Return to the refrigerator and chill for 1 more hour.
- Once the chocolate top has set, you can chop the peppermint patties into bite-sized pieces.