Peppermint Patties


When I start to plan holiday baking and candy making, I always ask each member of my family to give me their number one favorite sweet for me to make.  I can ALWAYS count on Kelli to pick Peppermint Patties.  Because I make so many goodies through the holidays, I usually make a plate of everything for immediate consumption and then freeze the rest.  Then as I have holiday parties or company, I can quickly make a goody plate.  While the peppermint patties are good at room temperature, I think Kelli’s favorite way to eat them is straight from the freezer!



Peppermint Patties


  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 18 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening



In a bowl, combine condensed milk and peppermint extract.

Add 3 1/2 to 4 cups of the powdered sugar and blend until stiff.

Turn mixture out onto a work surface and knead in enough of the remaining powdered sugar to make the mixture stiff.  It will no longer be sticky.

Pinch off 1-inch pieces of the mixture and roll into balls.

Place balls on a sheet of wax paper.

At this point, you can leave in a ball shape or flatten into patty.

Let them dry for 1 hour and then turn over to dry 1 more hour.

Melt chocolate and shortening in a heavy saucepan, stirring frequently over very low heat.

Remove from the heat.

Dip patties into chocolate and place on wax paper.  Let the chocolate dry.