Peppermint patties are some of my favorite treats. Chocolate and peppermint are a perfect pairing. You get to enjoy the indulgence of chocolate and have refreshing breath. What could be better?
This article has a brilliant peppermint patty recipe and has links to a few more (in case you like options). Check out the videos of the girls trying to make them. Maybe you will learn what not to do.
Follow the directions and take your time and you will end up with some delicious peppermint patties that you can share with your family (or not).
Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe
How To Make Peppermint Patties
- 1 egg white
- 4 cups powdered sugar (plus more for kneading and rolling; approximately 1-2 cups)
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil or extract
- Cornstarch for dusting
- 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 bar edible paraffin wax such as Gulf Wax
In a medium bowl, beat the egg white until frothy but not stiff. Don't use a plastic bowl for this.
Slowly add the powdered sugar while blending with an electric mixer set on medium speed.
Add the corn syrup and peppermint oil or extract and knead the mixture with your hands until it has the smooth consistency of dough. Add more powdered sugar if necessary, until mixture is no longer sticky.
Using a surface and rolling pin heavily dusted with cornstarch, roll out the peppermint dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
Place the circles on plates or silpat lined cookie sheets, and let them firm up in the refrigerator, about 45 minutes.
Melt the chocolate chips and paraffin wax in a double boiler over medium heat until smooth. Reduce the heat to low.
Picture courtesy of travelingmcmahans on Creative Commons.
To Coat: Drop a patty into the chocolate and coat completely using a dinner fork. Lift the coated patty from the chocolate. Gently tap the forks against the bowl to knock off the excess chocolate.
Place your finger on the backside of the patty and carefully slide the patty onto a silpat lined cookie sheet. Try to do this in once smooth and controlled motion. Extra movements will smear the chocolate and create additional edging on your patties. Be sure to clean your fingers and the fork between each dipping to ensure a smooth and clean heart quality.
Chill the peppermint patties until firm, about 30 minutes. They are absolutely delicious straight from the freezer.
Recipe courtesy of ErinCooks.com.
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Ensuring Delicious Cookies at Christmas
Baking Christmas cookies is one of the many joys of the holiday season. If you're new to the baking scene and need some pointers, you'll happily and deliciously find the basics here.
Baking cookies can be a fun and rewarding time to spend with children and family. And the result will be tasty cookies you can share with neighbors and friends! You can't lose in the name of Christmas cookies.
Required Dry Ingredients - Stock Up The Pantry
Every baker needs a pantry full of the basic baking ingredients. Some items are staples for just about all cookies. Here are some pantry basics that you'll want to keep on hand:
- Brown sugar
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Chocolate chips
- Confectioner's Sugar
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Evaporated Milk
- Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate
- Non-stick Cooking Spray
Required Refrigerator Items
Stock the Fridge
Refrigerated items that you should keep on hand are:
These are some of the most common things that gourmet desserts will call for. All other ingredients can be purchased on an as-needed basis.
Stocking Your Pantry for Christmas Cookies
Get the right Pans
Have 3-4 For Smooth Baking
Now that you've got all the basic ingredients stocked, you'll want to make sure you have the right pans and utensils on hand. You'll need at least three non-stick cookie sheets. Two can be in the oven baking while you refill another one. If you have more than three, so much the better.
A wire cooling rack is also a must. You will need a place for your Christmas cookies to cool and the air that circulates under the cooling rack makes that process happen more quickly.
A sturdy, flat plastic spatula is a must as well so you can lift the cookies off the sheets. A large mixing bowl and measuring cups and spoons are also necessities. If you have an electric stand mixer, your life will be much easier, but many a fine baker has made dozens of batches mixing either by hand or with a hand-held electric beater.
The better your tools, the easier and more enjoyable your baking time will be.
Image courtesy of Scott Schram on Flickr
Other Tasty Links - Christmas Cookies
- Christmas Cookie Bouquets
Our Christmas cookie bouquets and holiday Christmas bouquet baskets feature gourmet cookies that are fresh-baked and hand-decorated daily. Nationwide delivery available.
Decide on your Recipes
Do Some Digging
There are plenty of places to find Christmas cookie recipes. Ask your co-workers or friends if they'd mind sharing their favorite recipes.
Or, look online under Christmas cookies and you'll find more recipes than you could ever use. Recipe sites usually have a rating system that will help you choose which recipe will be worth your time making.
Decide on which recipes you'll use this year. Choose as many as five so you will have a good selection if one batch doesn't turn out well.
Recipe box photo courtesy of Shimelle on Creative Commons
Prepare for Storage
Keeping Them Fresh
After you have gotten your ingredients together and baked your cookies, you're going to need somewhere to store them. Tupperware containers with lids that seal are excellent choices if you are only storing your cookies for a day or two.
If you want to make your cookies ahead of time, even months ahead, you can wrap them in two layers of plastic wrap and one layer of tin foil. Then mark them clearly with a magic marker and store them flat in the freezer.
When Christmas time arrives, simply bring them out and let them thaw at room temperature. Freezing cookies is a great way to spread your baking out so you're not overwhelmed by baking too much at once.
Plus, when you have all your cookies made and frozen, you can simply take them out and make Christmas baskets out of them, easily and with less stress.
Image courtesy of Norwichnuts on Flickr
Getting Creative in the Kitchen
Share and Enjoy!
Friends, Family & Coworkers Love Cookies Too
The best part of cookie baking is sharing your treats with your coworkers, friends, and family. Bring a surprise batch into the office or give a plate to your mail person.
People on the job welcome homemade goodies while they're working, it's a special treat that they weren't expecting and it will brighten their day!
If you still have extras even then, bring some of your cookies to your neighbors to spread holiday cheer! Your kindness won't go unnoticed, and It's always fun to surprise someone with tasty home-baked goodness.
One of my favorite sweets is mint chocolate chip. I decided it would be fun to combine that flavor with a cupcake. Top it off with an Andes mint and serve with a scoop of ice cream to create one of the best gourmet chocolate desserts ever. Yum!
Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake Recipe
Just a little mint will do ya!
The cake part of this recipe is a basic chocolate cake. You can use any chocolate cake mix and follow the box instructions for the batter. After spooning the batter into the cupcake pan, scoop about 1/2 T of mini chocolate chips onto the top of each cupcake. Then bake according to instructions.
Mint Frosting Recipe
- 1/2 C room-temperature butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Dash salt
- 4 C sifted confectioners' sugar
- 2 T milk
- green food coloring
- mint extract
Combine the butter, vanilla and salt. Add sugar alternately with milk, beating until light and fluffy. Mix in 3 drops of mint extract and 2-3 drops of green food coloring (or until you get a fun mint green color).
Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes and top off with an Andes mint or more mini chocolate chips.
Most of you have heard of Mississippi Mud Cake. It's a chocolate cake topped with marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate. Well these are the same thing... just in individual form. Mississippi mud cupcakes are easy to make but seem like they took all day. Wow your friends and family with this marshmallow and gourmet chocolate covered classic recipe in bite size form.
Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Image by Joseph DeBortoll
The cake part of this recipe is a basic chocolate cake. You can use any chocolate cake mix and follow the box instructions for cupcakes. The best part of this cupcake is the marshmallow cream icing.
Marshmallow Cream Icing Recipe
- 3 Egg Whites
- 2 C Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 2 C Powdered Sugar
- 1 T Vanilla
In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. Beat for 10 minutes. On low speed, beat in the sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Then blend in the vanilla. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
This recipe can be frozen until ready to use or stored in the refrigerator up to one week.
Keep reading to see how to make the chocolate drizzle topping.
Chocolate Drizzle Recipe
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
Melt together the butter and chocolate over low heat. Stir in the sifted confectioners' sugar and boiling water. Beat until smooth. Drizzle lightly over the marshmallow icing. The chocolate should drizzle without being watery. Adjust the amount of powdered sugar if necessary.
The Final Product
Well I don't know about you, but my mouth is watering just looking at the photo. Notice that you can add some crushed pecans and even some miniature marshmallows on top of the drizzled chocolate icing to make the presentation even more beautiful.
This cupcake is heavenly for a chocolate lover such as myself. My downfall is sweets so a Mississippi Mud Cupcake, a George Mud Fudge blizzard, Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookie Cheesecake, or a piece of Mud Pie never gets passed by.
One of my favorite things to do with cupcakes is to take them to church potlucks or give them as birthday gifts to friends and family. I just pack them up in a box and throw in a few birthday hats along with some candles for an instant birthday party.
If I'm feeling really crazy, I bake up a couple different flavors and include some of each. That is one of the great things about cupcakes... you can mix and match the flavors to make the perfect birthday, Christmas, or even get well gift for your loved one.
And if you love cupcakes, you probably love cookies too so be sure to check out these yummy cookie bouquets the next time you need inspiration or a fun gift for a loved one!