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:
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2-3 lbs. powdered sugar
- ½ tsp. peppermint oil
- 2 bags chocolate chips (there’s only 1 in the pic, but I used 2)
- ⅔ bar 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.
I’m showing this off at Home for the Holidays Party