The best way to show your loved ones how much you care is to give them a homemade gift in form of these delicious Homemade Peppermint Patties. This can easily become your favorie Christmas recipe ever.
There’s still a few days until Christmas and the easiest way would be to run to the store and buy a gift. But you don’t have to do that if you have an hour free, that’s how much you need for these Homemade Peppermint Patties. Using just a few simple ingredients, they are so easy to make and when they are done just place them in a cellophane bag and tie a ribbon. Believe me, it will be a real gift that will not leave anyone indifferent. You could also make these for a cookie exchange.
Creamy textured candies, cool and minty on the inside with smooth chocolate coating on the outside, sprinkled with crushed candy canes, will simply melting in your mouth. Even if someone doesn’t love this classic winter combination of chocolate and peppermint, you just change the flavor of extract to make different flavored candies. They will also work well with coconut, vanilla… and I’m already thinking of the strawberry or raspberry flavored center. You could add red food color and cut them out in the shape of heart and these delicious Peppermint Patties with heart shaped sprinkles it will be lovely Valentine’s gift.
So get down to business. Mix together softened butter, cream, light corn syrup, lemon juice, peppermint extract and vanilla and gradually mix in powdered sugar (one cup at a time). At first it will be dry and crumbly as you start mixing it but do not panic, Continue beating with a paddle attachment until the mixture comes together. If the dough is still too crumbly just add an additional tablespoon of cream and if it’s too sticky add some powdered sugar ( but one tablespoon at the time). When you touch it, it should be soft but not sticky at all (like Play-Doh) .Form the dough into a ball and then roll about 1/4 inch thick on a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set it in the freezer for about 15 minutes (until firm) and then using a small cookie cutter or a glass cut the circles. Place the circles back into the freezer for 15 minutes and melt the CandiQuik in the microwave.
Dip Peppermint Patties (one at the time) in melted CandiQuik and transfer them again on parchment paper and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies .Dipping process is really easy but if you take some time and patties become too soft to dip just chill them briefly in the freezer until they’re firm again.
All this may sound too complicated, but believe me it is very easy. Merry Christmas everyone!!!