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Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe

Homemade peppermint patties recipe

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions:

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.

peppermint batter

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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.

How to make homemade peppermint patties

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.

Homemade peppermint patties

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Christmas Cookie Baking 101

Christmas cookie baking 101

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:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate chips
  • Ginger
  • Confectioner's Sugar
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Semi-sweet Baking Chocolate
  • Shortening
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Required Refrigerator Items

Stock the Fridge

Stock your fridge for holiday baking

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Refrigerated items that you should keep on hand are:

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk

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

Baking 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.

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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

Christmas Cookie 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

How to store your holiday cookies

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.

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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.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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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.

Mom's 10 Best Christmas Cookies

Growing up in my household meant that as soon as Thanksgiving Day hit, so did the holiday baking frenzy. The Friday through Sunday after Thanksgiving was a baking marathon. Several of my Aunts and cousins would come over to create 1000's of Christmas cookies. My cousins, brothers & sisters, and I were the cookie decorators and instructions were given more like orders in what I affectionately call 'cookie baking boot-camp'. From sun-up to sun-down, we mixed, baked, and decorated cookies. If we didn't complete all the required baking by the end of the weekend, sure enough, they would all come back the following weekend and even the one after that, until the baking was all done. Then the cookies were evenly split amongst the Aunts so that all of the families went home with loads of giant Tupperware containers full of cookies. Of course, this is all practical when you live in Minnesota and can just set the tubs of cookies in the garage to freeze. It wouldn't work so well in Florida where ten chest freezers would be required.

Mom's 10 Best Christmas Cookies

Now that all of us kids are all grown up with our own families, my Mom still bakes all those same cookies - just in smaller quantities. My brothers, sisters, Mom's co-workers, her friends and the rest of our family, all look forward to her stopping by with our Christmas gift tray of cookies that she so lovingly baked up for each us.

As my Mom shared with me, so I share with you.

1) Christmas Wreaths

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 30 marshmallows
  • 3 1/2 cups corn flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. + green food coloring
  • Red cinnamon candies

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a double boiler. Add vanilla and food coloring until desired green color. Lastly, add the corn flakes. Blend thoroughly. While warm (cool slightly), drop from tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheet and shape into wreaths with greased fingers. Decorate with candies. Makes 15 to 20 wreaths depending on size.

My Tips - My Mom uses way more than a ¼ tsp to get the dark green color shown in the photo. Also, she quadruples this recipe each time she makes it so that she doesn't have to do so many batches for her holiday baking.

 

2) Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Cream sugar and butter together. Add egg and flavorings; mixing thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in. Refrigerate the cookie dough 2 to 3 hours. Heat oven to 375°F. Divide dough in half and roll out on lightly floured pastry board. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design of the cookie cutters. Dip cutter in flour before each cutting. Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until delicately golden.

My Tips - These decorated sugar cookies are light and crisp in texture so I recommend decorating them with sugars and confetti candies rather than a heavy icing.

 

3) Snowflake Spritz Cookies

  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 3  ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375° F. Thoroughly cream butter and sugar together. Add the egg, milk, vanilla, almond extract and mix well. Stir together flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture, mixing to a smooth dough. Do NOT chill. Shape dough in small logs and place in a cookie press. Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Remove cookies from sheet and cool on a rack. Makes 7 to 8 dozen Spritz cookies.

My Tips - Decorate the cookies with colored sugars prior to baking in the oven. You can also color the dough with paste food coloring - I think it works better than the liquid food coloring because it keeps the dough the same consistency. For example, we color it green to make pressed Christmas tree-shaped cookies.

 

4) Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 bag of miniature peanut butter cups (unwrapped)
  • Holiday themed miniature paper baking cups

Mix all ingredients together except peanut butter cups and chill in refrigerator for an hour. Roll dough into 3/4" walnut size balls and place a ball in each miniature holiday themed paper cup (cups are set in a miniature muffin tin - they usually hold 24 mini muffins). Bake in oven at 375° F for 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place a peanut butter cup in the center of each baked ball and press down until tops are even. Leave sit in the tins for 10 minutes to cool and then remove them.

My Tips - Do not overbake the dough in the mini paper cups because it need to be somewhat soft in order to press down the peanut butter cup. These cookies are a favorite in my house!

 

5) Coconut Covered Date Balls

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 lb. dates, cut fine
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies®
  • extra fine coconut

Cook butter, sugar, and dates over low heat in frying pan until melted and dissolved. Remove from heat and add eggs, milk, salt, and vanilla. Cook over low heat until thick. Remove from heat and cool. Add Rice Krispies and nuts. Grease hands. Roll into small balls and then roll in extra fine coconut. Place on cookie sheets lined with wax paper until set.

 

6) Peanut Blossom Cookie Recipe

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Hershey's chocolate kisses

In large bowl, cream together shortening, peanut butter, and sugars. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt. Add dry ingredient mixture to creamed mixture. Mix thoroughly. Shape by rounded teaspoonful into balls. Roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and place a solid Hershey's chocolate kiss on the top of each cookie pressing down so that cookie cracks around the edge. Return to oven and bake 2 to 5 minutes longer. Remove and cool cookies on a rack.

 

7) Microwave Peanut Brittle

  • 1 1/2 cups raw peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Stir peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt together. Cook in microwave on HIGH for 9 minutes. Remove and add butter and vanilla. Stir in well. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Remove and add baking soda. Stir until mixture foams well. Pour into warm, buttered big cookie sheet. Cool and break into pieces.

 

8) Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

  • 1 box of Ritz crackers
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 package of chocolate almond bark

Smear peanut butter on a pair Ritz crackers to make a sandwich. Do this until you have used up the entire package of crackers. Then melt the chocolate almond bark in a double boiler. Once melted and smooth, dip each sandwich into chocolate almond bark until full coated. Place chocolate covered cookies on a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.

 

9) Turtle Pecan Candy Cookies

  • 63 miniature pretzels
  • 1 package Rolo candies (13 oz)
  • 63 pecan halves

Line a baking sheet with foil. Place pretzels on foil, topping each one with a Rolo candy. Bake at 250° F in oven for 4 minutes until candies are softened slightly (they will retain their shape). Remove from the oven and immediately place a pecan candy on top of each Rolo and press down until the candy fills the pretzel. Then place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until they are set.

Christmas Cookie Baking Videos

 

10) Chocolately Peanut Cereal Clusters

  • 1 - 12 oz. package butterscotch chips
  • 1 - 6 oz. package semi-sweet choc. chips
  • 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts
  • 4 cups Crispix cereal

Combine chips in large saucepan. Stir constantly over very low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Add peanuts and cereal. Stir gently until well coated. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Chill until firm. Make 8 dozen.

Christmas Cookie Bouquets

When you need to send an impressive gift to a friend, co-worker or family member for the holidays, consider a Christmas Cookie Bouquet. They look great and taste good too. Plus they are a gift that you know they won't return! Traditional and whimsical cookie shapes such as snowflakes and reindeer are baked on stems and then artfully arranged in a bouquet style.

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes

Image by Abby Sweets

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

Instructions:

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!

Watch The Cupcakes Being Made

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