I sometimes wonder whether I put the word ‘easy’ in front of too many of my recipes. But the thing is…they really ARE easy! Except for today’s recipe, which EXTRA-SUPER-DUPER easy! Also extra-super-duper yummy! What is this easy and delicious treat, you ask? Christmas-themed Peppermint Patties!
The patties themselves are made up of only 3 ingredients, and if you want to dip them in chocolate, well, that’s just one ingredient more. How to make this 4-ingredient candy? That is no-bake and so easy that a child could make these patties? Read on, dear readers!
EASY CHRISTMAS PEPPERMINT PATTIES
For the peppermint patties:
- 1 1/4 c. icing sugar
- 4-5 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
- 1 tsp. peppermint extract, to taste
For chocolate-covered peppermint patties:
- 1 c. chocolate melting wafers
For Christmas Tree Peppermint Patties
- a scant handful of white chocolate melting wafers
- multi-coloured sprinkles
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Make the ‘dough’: mix the icing sugar with the melted and cooled butter and the peppermint extract. It will slowly form a ball of ‘dough’. Roll out the peppermint dough on a cool surface dusted with icing sugar. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place these shapes on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer to firm up and get really cold.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate wafers in a microwave-proof mug in…you guessed it, the microwave. Use 30 second bursts to check and see if it is melted yet. When it is almost all melted, take it out and stir it with a spoon until fully melted.
Using a fork, place the now frozen peppermint patty on the fork, and dip into the melted chocolate. Lift out of the chocolate, tap the fork on the edge of the cup to get off any excess, and place back on the parchment paper lined cookie tray. Repeat for all peppermint patties, and return sheet to freezer to set up the chocolate.
To decorate the tree, melt some white chocolate melts in a plastic bag in the microwave (a strong plastic bag, as a thin one will melt), snip off the end, and pipe a back and forth design on the peppermint patty. While still wet, sprinkle with multi-coloured ball sprinkles. Return to freezer to set-up. And…you’re done!
Give to family and friends and place on holiday cookie trays, and revel in the praise that will come your way when they bite into it (“Omg, so perfectly melty!” It really does melt in my mouth!” You made these? No, really? Wow!”).
Honestly, it’s seriously super-duper easy. If you don’t want to mess about with dipping them in chocolate, a 4-year-old could make these. Even if you’re not a baker or a cook, YOU could make these! Just don’t dip them in chocolate, and instead sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Bam, you’ve made Christmas!
I made these and as you can see, only a few actually made it to the photo session. The rest happily reside in my tummy. The DH saw how I packaged the one up above, and asked for some for his office. So, another batch should be coming up shortly! (I still insist on dibs when it comes to quality control!)
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My niece made peppermint patties a few weeks ago. The recipe looks similar. Hers were so sweet (pure sugar and all) that I didn’t really care to eat many. I wonder if the chocolate coating would cut that extreme sweetness. I’ll show her this and see if she wants to give it another try. Those trees look amazing with the chocolate and sprinkles.
Thanks, Becky! I didn’t find these too sweet, but they’re basically just icing sugar and butter, so they’re best in small shapes. Of course, these means I shall eat several of them, but hey, at least it’s an attempt at portion control! 🙂 All joking aside, I think you’re right, and the chocolate coating does change the overall taste/experience of them. Happy hols to you and your family!