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February 11th is Peppermint Patty Day. You may indulge in the occasional York Peppermint Patty or box of Junior Mints (we do). But if you love peppermint patties, making them at home is easy.
Combine 1 pound confectioner’s sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 teaspoons peppermint extract and 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract.
Mix in 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Roll into 1-inch balls, place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and chill for 20 minutes.
Flatten the balls with the bottom of a glass to 1/4″ thick, so they look like peppermint patties.
Next, prepare the chocolate coating in a double boiler: 12 ounces of good-quality semisweet chocolate (you can use chocolate morsels, but the key is to get the best-tasting chocolate you can find, like Guittard or Valrhona) with 2 tablespoons shortening.
Make a batch of peppermint patties for yourself,
plus more for gifts. Yours may not look this
perfect (these are from the Wisconsin Cheeseman) but they’ll taste great.
Dip the patties and place them back on the waxed paper to harden.
If you want to go all out, you can decorate the tops of the patties with candied mint leaves: Dip tiny leaves or cut pieces of leaf and crystallize in sugar syrup.
This recipe makes about 5 dozen peppermint patties. Be sure to make extra for friends and family—they’re are so good, you’ll want to eat the whole batch.
PATTY OR PATTIE?
To be perfectly correct, the spelling is patty. Patties is the plural form, so many folks assumed the singular to be pattie. The word first appeared in English around 1700, from the French pâté.
Find more of our favorite mints in the Candy Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
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