Homemade York Peppermint Patties

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  • With a cool and creamy peppermint center, this Homemade Peppermint Patty recipe is so easy to make! It only uses 4 ingredients and can be customized for any holiday or event.

    close up of peppermint patties in a bowl, one broken open

    Peppermint Patties vs. Peppermint Patty

    So there happens to be a lot of debate about how exactly you spell this delicious treat, because there is also another meaning to the phrase “peppermint patty.”

    If you couldn’t tell by the pictures, we aren’t talking about the Peanuts character Peppermint Patty, created by Charles M. Schulz. You know, the little red-haired girl who has a big crush on Charlie Brown?

    stack of peppermint patties

    While she’s cute and all (and I’m a big fan of Charlie Brown!) chances are you Googled “homemade peppermint patty” looking for a recipe similar to those silver and blue packaged treats. And I’m here to tell you that you came to the right place!

    Although sometimes used interchangeably, the term “peppermint patties” is generally referring to the peppermint candies, while “Peppermint Patty” is the name of the girl from the comic strip. You might see me using both terms here in this post, but just know I am always referencing the sweet snack version.

    History

    This particular chocolate mint candy apparently started as an idea for a chocolate cookie. The goal being the sensation of cool peppermint surrounded by slightly butter dark chocolate. It was first brought about in 1940 by Henry Kessler at the York Cone Company.

    stack of peppermint patties with one broken in half

    It later changed hands from Cadbury and after a few more mergers, was acquired by the Hershey Company. The original was a little snappier (each batch was actually given a snap test), while today’s product is considered to be chewy.

    Ingredients

    The ingredients to make these are actually very simple. When you make treats like this from scratch, it’s nice because you don’t have to worry about any high fructose corn syrup or other additives that might come from store bought york peppermint patties.

    After three trial runs and lots of taste testers, including one self proclaimed “Homemade Peppermint Patty Expert” this recipe has been declared THE BEST Peppermint Pattie recipe!

    Mistakes made include using regular “mint” extract instead of “peppermint”. This was one of those “duh moments” and resulted in spearmint instead of peppermint. Not bad really, but not a homemade peppermint pattie.

    overhead angle bowl of peppermint patties

    It did prompt me to realize that I could make any flavor of “pattie” I wanted! Vanilla, raspberry, spearmint, chocolate, maybe even a guinness flavor for St. Patrick’s Day!

    Also, I prefer using Candy Melts to make my homemade peppermint patty. They melt nice and smooth and set up great, but if you don’t have them on hand, you can use regular chocolate and add a teaspoon of vegetable oil or coconut oil to help it become smooth.

    close up of peppermint patties

    How to Make

    The process to make a homemade peppermint patty is really simple, but I’ll share all of my tips and tricks for you to get the best peppermint patties ever.

    1. To start, you will want to blend together sweetened condensed milk through powdered sugar. Mix at a medium speed for 5 minutes or until the mixture has no lumps. The dough should be stiff and easily workable with your hands.
    2. Next roll the dough into about 28 1-inch balls. Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand to make the filling for the patties. Allow them to dry at room temperature for at least 2 hours before dipping in the chocolate. Flip the patties over about 1 hour into the drying time.
    peppermint pattie filling drying
    1. When you are ready to melt the chocolate, place the patties in the freezer for 15-20 minutes first. This allows them to become nice and firm, making them easier to dip.
    2. Next, you will dip them in chocolate.

    Melting the Chocolate

    Now comes the chocolate melting. I like to melt chocolate in a double boiler even though it takes a little extra time and involves cleaning another dish. However. you can also melt your chocolate in the microwave, but run the risk of it getting too hot and becoming a glob.

    Once the chocolate is melted, dip the patties into the chocolate, tapping on the side to get excess off. I like using the fork dip method- place the patty on a fork and this prevents your fingers from getting covered in chocolate.

    dipping peppermint filling in melted chocolate

    Next place the patties onto a parchment paper (or wax paper) lined baking sheet to cool. If you desire sprinkles, add those on now. Place them in the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes to set.

    Your homemade peppermint patty is ready to eat! I store any extras in the refrigerator not only because I prefer mine to be chilled, but because the chocolate has the tendency to sweat a little depending on weather conditions.

    Also make sure you allow enough drying time for the creamy filling. Any excess moisture can impact the ability of the chocolate to stick and set to the outside. Lastly, using dark chocolate versus milk chocolate.

    allowing chocolate dipped patties to set

    Storage

    These peppermint patties can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place in an airtight container.

    You can store them in the fridge, but be mindful that the chocolate will sweat a little when it comes to temperature.

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    Homemade Peppermint Patties

    Cool and creamy, Homemade Peppermint Patties are so easy to make and can be customized to fit any holiday or event.
    Prep Time20 mins
    Chilling Time1 hr
    Total Time1 hr 20 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade peppermint patties
    Servings: 28 patties
    Calories: 130kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • In a medium mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, blend together the sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract and powdered sugar. Add food coloring at this step if you desire a color. Mix at a medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is smooth with no lumps. Dough will be stiff and form patties, but not dry and crumbly.
    • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with wax pr parchment paper. Roll dough into approximately 28 1-inch balls. Flatten each with the palm of your hand to make the filling for patties. Allow to dry at room temperature for at least 2 hours, flipping once.
      peppermint pattie centers
    • Right before melting the chocolate place in the refrigerator or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
    • Melt chocolate in double boiler. Dip patties into chocolate, tapping on the side to get excess off. Place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet to cool. If you desire sprinkles, add now. Place in the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes to set.
      dipping peppermint patty in chocolate
    • If you tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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