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12 Days of Cookies: Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patties
Ingredients:

  • 7 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin or refined coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon food-grade peppermint essential oil or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (taste to be sure)
  • 1 1/2 pounds bittersweet or semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • Crushed peppermint candies for sprinkling, optional

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, milk, corn syrup, coconut oil and peppermint on low speed until combined. Shape the dough into two round circles, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle a liberal amount of powdered sugar on a clean countertop or on a piece of parchment paper. Unwrap one disk of dough and place it on the counter or parchment. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, too. Roll the peppermint patty dough to about 1/4-inch thick and cut into rounds with about a 1 7/8-inch or similar-sized cutter. Reroll the scraps until all of the dough is used. Repeat with second disk of dough. Place the rounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes or overnight.

Melt the chocolate (microwave until it is mostly melted at 50% power and then stir the few lumps left until fully melted. Not “over melting” will help to avoid blooming on the chocolate.)
Using a fork, dip the frozen patty rounds one-by-one into the chocolate. Tap the handle of the fork on the side of the bowl to drizzle off the excess chocolate, scrape the bottom of the fork on the edge of the bowl and gently place the dipped patties on parchment-lined baking sheets using a butter knife to gently slide the patty off the fork if needed. You can also use a cooling rack on a parchment-lined baking sheet,. The excess drips off and you can even reuse!

Sprinkle the dipped patties with crushed mints, if using. Let the chocolate set, about an hour. Store patties in the refrigerator.