The 12 Treats of Chirstmas: Peppermint Patties
Ok, one cookie down. Now for something that takes a little more commitment. Homemade Peppermint Patties. I know I posted about these a few months ago, but when looking to the Top 12, you can’t leave these out. They always get tons of compliments – I mean really, who knew you could make your own peppermint patties? So, so good.
I usually let the innards sit overnight so they have a little snap. And, I find they take more chocolate than you think. The dipping is a real pain. You’ll want to quit about 10 times. But later, once you’re polishing off the last one, you’ll wish you hadn’t given up and tossed a bunch of undipped middles out. Trust me. Keep on dipping.
Remember to use bakers chocolate or candy coating so the chocolate hardens nicely. And, (like I really need to say this) be sure to save some for guests. I know it’s hard, but you’re not supposed to eat them all yourself. You can find this recipe online here on the Eagle Brand website.
1 can (300ml) Regular Eagle Brand Sweetened condensed Milk
1tbsp (15ml) peppermint extract (I add a little more to make them extra minty)
6 cups (1.5L) confectioners’ sugar (that’s icing sugar)
1 1/2lbs chocolate candy coating or dark or semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted.
1. Combine Eagle Brand and peppermint extract. Add sugar, beating on low speed until smooth and well blended. Turn mixture onto surface sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.
2. Knead lightly to form a smooth ball. Shape into 1 inch (2.54cm) balls. Place 2cm paart o n parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1 1/2 inch (4cm) patty. (I used the flat bottom of a drinking glass lightly dusted with sugar.)
3. Let dry 1 hour or longer; turn over and let dry at least 1 hour. With fork, dip each patty into warm candy coating (draw fork lightly across rim of pan to remove excess coating). Invert onto wax-paper-lined baking sheets; let stand until firm. Store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.
4. Try very hard not to eat them all as soon as they’ve hardened.
Tomorrow, we’ll tackle cookies that you can make to use up the leftover chocolate after you dip the patties.