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Happy National Peppermint Patty Day!

Wow!  February is packed with national food days.  And how about today–National Peppermint Patty Day?  Okay, pretty random, but how if today means you finally learn how to make your own peppermint patties?  Well, dreams do come true!  Today, February 11th, you will  find out the secret to creating your own delicious, minty patties.  So if you can’t get to the store for a York Peppermint Patty, you can do it at home thanks to this Gourmet magazine recipe!  Cheers!

Peppermint Patties

The bracing blend of peppermint enrobed in bittersweet chocolate is one of the best—and most refreshing—candy combinations going, and homemade versions of these popular patties are leagues better than anything you’ll find in a foil wrapper.   Tempering the chocolate is important as it gives the chocolate a beautiful sheen and prevents the coating from developing a bloom at room temperature.   You will want to invest in an instant read thermometer and a 1-inch diameter cookie cutter.


2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (less than 1 pound), divided

1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (preferably trans-fat-free)

10 ounces 70%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


Beat 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, shortening, and a pinch of salt using an electric mixer (with paddle attachment if using a stand mixer) at medium speed until just combined. Knead on a work surface dusted with remaining 1/4 cup confectioners sugar until smooth. Roll out between sheets of parchment paper on a large baking sheet into a 7- to 8-inch round (less than 1/4 inch thick). Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Remove top sheet of paper and sprinkle round with confectioners sugar. Replace top sheet, then flip round over and repeat sprinkling on other side.

Cut out as many rounds as possible with cutter, transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, gather scraps, reroll, and freeze, then cut out more rounds, freezing them.

Temper chocolate and coat filling

Melt three-fourths of chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Remove bowl from pan and add remaining chocolate, stirring until smooth. Cool until thermometer inserted at least 1/2 inch into chocolate registers 80°F.

Return water in pan to a boil and remove from heat. Set bowl with cooled chocolate over pan and reheat, stirring, until thermometer registers 88 to 91°F. Remove bowl from pan.

Balance 1 peppermint round on a fork and submerge in melted chocolate, letting excess drip off and scraping back of fork against rim of bowl if necessary, then return patty to sheet (to make decorative ridges on patty, immediately set bottom of fork briefly on top of patty, then lift fork straight up). Coat remaining rounds, rewarming chocolate to 88 to 91°F as necessary. Let patties stand until chocolate is set, about 1 hour.

Makes about 4 dozen candies.

Note:  Patties keep, layered between sheets of parchment in an airtight container, chilled, 1 month. Bring to room temperature before serving.

photo courtesy of Romulo Yanes



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