Homemade Peppermint Patties


peppermint patties done half

I think I make more candy at Christmas than cookies.  I like to dip things in chocolate.

Peppermint Patties are easy to make, but they do take a bit of time.  It’s worth the effort.  The recipe makes a lot of candy, plenty to give some away and keep some for yourself.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint oil
  • about 2 bags chocolate chips (there’s only 1 in the pic, but I used 2)
  • paraffin

Cream the butter and cream cheese together.  Add the flavoring.  Gradually add enough powdered sugar to make a stiff  “dough”.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on a work surface and turn the mixture out.  Knead it until it no longer sticks to your hands, working in more powdered sugar as needed.

Pat out part of the mixture with your hands.  Make it about 1/4″ thick.  Use something small to cut circles.  I like to use a baby bottle or medicine cup.  Put the circles on a wax paper lined tray and freeze them for a few hours or until the next day.

Melt a bag of chocolate chips in a double boiler with 1/3 bar of parrifin.  (I have to repeat this process later, but my double boiler isn’t big enough to do all the chocolate at once.)  Drop the frozen candies into the chocolate one and a time, using a fork to get them out.  Line them up on wax paper.  Once they’re set, you can put them in the refrigerator.  I think they taste better cold than at room temp.  They do need to be stored in the fridge because of the cream cheese.

peppermint patties done

I’m showing this off at Home for the Holidays Party

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  1. Peppermint patties are my FAVORITE! I will definitely make these for Christmas. Thanks!

  2. Kari Kelly says:

    Do you melt the paraffin and chocolate together? Can I get paraffin at the regular grocery store?

    I love all of your recipes so I might just try these for the first time!

    • Kari, you do melt the chocolate and paraffin together. Put the chocolate chips in a double boiler with 1/3 bar of paraffin. You can get paraffin at the grocery. At this time of year they might have it in the baking section or with the special baking display. You can also get it near the canning section, where they sell Sure-jell and products like that.

  3. These look so good and would make a really special gift. I try to give something homemade to my friends and as an extra goodie to my family. I’m definitely going to try this recipe!

  4. Kelly/kleo30 says:

    These look fabulous!

  5. You could probably do away with the parrafin if you used melting chocolate instead of chocolate chips and wax. It probably would be cheaper, too, since it’s generally on sale this time of year.
    A friend who owned a bakery told me it’s better for you as well when I asked her about it for Buckeyes.

    • Stephanie, I think lots of people do use melting chocolate instead. I’ve never tried it. I like the taste of the chips and how shiny and dark the chocolate is when I use them. Melting chocolate might be even better, I’ve just never strayed from the familiar.

  6. Yummy…I might have to try this one! 🙂
    Wax? I didn’t know there was a wax that you could eat. Is that in the baking isle?
    P.S. I tried your honey hoisin chicken recipe last night and it was a hit! 🙂

  7. Those are beautiful Tiffany, very nice job 🙂

  8. Peppermint Patties are my all-time favorite candy!! I had no idea a home version could be made. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. I am going to attempt them in a week, when I have more time for baking.

  9. wish i had the patience to make them…i might try! i have plenty of patinece(usually for my kids) but when it comes to dipping i loose interest fast.

    i recently made a peppermint pudding poke cake with frosting and it tasted just like a peppermint patty! so yummy!

  10. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’ve made it before, but lost it. I can’t wait to make them again. They are delicious.

  11. My favorite recipe for peppermint patties!

  12. Silly question…where can I buy peppermint oil? Can I get it at a regular grocery store? These sound so good. I can’t wait.

    • Jeanette, You can buy peppermint oil at the grocery. Check the baking aisle or the special section of Christmas baking items. The bottles of oil usually come in packets of 2 bottles.

  13. This is a bit late, but another idea is skip the double boiler and use a crock pot for melting the chocolate. I go to a church that makes chocolate covered peanut butter eggs for Easter, and they use crock pots for all the dipping in chocolate.

  14. If you want to split the batch into different flavors don’t add the flavoring in until you are kneading the additional powdered sugar in. I usually make half a batch of peppermint patties and a fourth of two other flavors. Strawberry is especially tasty. They taste almost like chocolate covered strawberries.

  15. They definitely look easier than the recipe I used to use. It used mashed potato. Yes potato. Wow they were delicious but too time consuming trying to sieve the potato but the taste. Didn’t ever make enough, with one batch.


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