Small Measures: Homemade Chocolate Mint Patties


My upbringing was a sweet one. I mean that in the most literal sense of the word. Mom and Dad adore sweets, a trait no doubt generationally bestowed upon them, as both of their mothers were fans of all that is sweet. Growing up, it didn’t matter whether we were visiting Nanny, my maternal grandmother, or Gran, my paternal grandmother — one thing was certain. There would be a candy drawer, it would be well-stocked and it would most definitely include some variety of chocolate mint candies.

Thin, round, thick — it didn’t matter. My family, on both sides, maintained steadfast devotion to the chocolate and mint union. As I got older, I stopped raiding the candy drawer during grandmotherly visits. I missed the candy, though, and decided to explore making my own. The first batch of chocolate mint patties I made (waaaaay back in the winter of ’98) proved so easy, so successful and so much more “natural” than the store-bought versions with their preservatives and colorings that I was hooked. For today’s Small Measures, I’m sharing my go-to recipe for these delicious confections. From my candy-loving household to yours, may your holidays be merry and minty! — Ashley English

The recipe continues after the jump . . .


If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a host, co-worker or neighbor, these are a great option. Start to finish, it takes just under three hours, and most of that time is spent waiting for the chocolate to firm up. If you’d like another homemade chocolate recipe that’s also wonderful for gift-giving, check out my post on Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.


Chocolate Mint Patties
Yield: Varies, based on size of cutter used

The Goods

  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons cold water
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lyle’s Golden Syrup*
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips or chunks

 

*If you can’t find Lyle’s, you can use light corn syrup. Wholesome Sweeteners makes an organic option that I’ve had success with in making confectionary.


The Deal

1. Line two rimmed cookie sheets with a bit of wax or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Mix the powdered sugar, cold water, coconut oil, syrup and peppermint extract together in an electric mixer using a low-medium setting until the mixture begins to come together. Use a spatula to scrape out any powdered sugar clinging to the beater(s) or the bottom of the mixing bowl as necessary.

3. Transfer the mint filling to a countertop or work surface lightly covered with powdered sugar. You’ll also want to coat your rolling pin and hands with a bit of powdered sugar to keep the filling from sticking as you’re rolling it out.

4. Gently knead the filling until all of the bits are fully incorporated and it feels smooth and elastic. Form into a ball.

5. Using a rolling pin, roll the filling out to around 1/4-inch thickness.

6. Cut shapes into the filling with cookie cutters. I prefer smaller patties like the trees, bells and crimped and smooth circles above. You can certainly make larger patties, if you prefer. Press the cutter firmly into the filling, give it a gentle twist and continue cutting out shapes until all of the filling has been used.

7. Transfer the cut-outs to one of the prepared cookie sheets. Re-roll filling scraps and repeat step #6 until all of the filling has been cut out.

8. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 20 to 25 minutes.

9. About 10 minutes before removing the fillings from the freezer, melt the chocolate. I do this by fashioning a double boiler from a metal bowl placed atop a smaller-rimmed pot. I place about 2 inches of water in the bottom of the pot (enough for it to boil, but not so high that it touches the bottom of the bowl on top), place the metal mixing bowl above it, add the chocolate chips or chunks to the mixing bowl and bring the water to a boil. Gently stir the chocolate until it has fully melted.

10. Remove the filling cut-outs from the freezer. Using a long-tined fork, drop the cut-outs one at a time into the melted chocolate, turning them over twice so that each patty is fully covered with chocolate.

11. Lift the patty out of the chocolate, allow a good bit of it to drip off and transfer to the second prepared cookie sheet. Continue until all of the patties have been covered with chocolate.

12. Set the patties aside at room temperature until the chocolate has fully firmed up. This can be anywhere from two to three hours, depending on the temperature of your home.

13. Once the chocolate is set up, remove the patties from the paper, using a paring knife to cut away any extra “overflow” chocolate clinging to the shape. Alternately, keep all of the chocolate on there, and just chalk up the candies’ rustic charm to the beauty of the handmade!

14. Store at room temperature in a lidded container for up to a week. I also highly recommend freezing or refrigerating the patties and eating them cold.


What about you? Got any much-loved generationally appreciated candies that you make (or gorge on!) each holiday season? I’d love to hear about them. My mom is a serious devotee of all things chocolate-covered cherry, so that might be next year’s confectionary project. Otherwise, there’s a mess of mint chocolate patties in my freezer calling my name, and I can only resist their siren song for so long. Happy holidays!

Images and styling by Jen Altman

Julia

Hello, Ashley!

Thank you for this amazing recipe, which looks simple and yummy. I have a question, though… I don’t have coconut oil but some shredded coconut and rice oil (very neutral tasting). Do you think it’s a good idea to substitute the coconut oil for rice oil?

Thanks again, and Happy Holidays!

Ashley English

julia-the coconut oil is used for its saturated fat properties, meaning it’s solid at room temperature and will help in keeping the filling firm. rice oil isn’t a saturated fat, so it wouldn’t be able to provide the same firmness as coconut or another saturated fat might, like shortening, which you could substitute for the coconut oil (spectrum makes an eco-friendly palm oil-based shortening that works well here). i hope this helps!

Julia

Ashley, thanks for the clarification. I don’t think I can buy coconut oil where I live, but I’ll give shortening a try.

By the way, I love the sweater you’re wearing in the pictures
:-)

Carla

Thank you for this receipe, it sounds delicious! One question: can I substitute peppermint extract with peppermint oil? Thank you!

Beverly

What a wonderful tutorial, thank you. Most of my relatives don’t need to cram their houses with any more “stuff”, so giving culinary gifts at Christmas seems to be their preference (and mine).

I even have a perfect set of small cookie cutters stashed in the seldom seen corner of the kitchen cabinets.

One of my favorite purchases at the chocolate counter is the double dipped mint patty. It gets one dipping in light chocolate, hardens, then gets dipped in dark chocolate. Super yummy. I think this recipe would work for that process, too.

Your Chocolate Mint Patties recipe will go into the cooking file on my desktop. Love it!

Christina

Okay, this is wonderful! I LOVE peppermint patties but have so many allergies, I can never buy them. I will try this though! Absolutely so excited!

jessica

These sound great! I love the sweater too and wonder if it is a handknit – and if so, where can i find the pattern?!

Ashley English

julia and jessica-thanks for the sweater love! it’s from land’s end, and was a gift from my mom for my last birthday.

carla-so long as you’re talking about peppermint oil that is specifically indicated for use in baking and not peppermint essential oil, which is inedible, then yes, absolutely, you can substitute it for peppermint extract.

Carla

Dear Ashley, thank you for your answer! Yes, I meant peppermint oil for baking. :-) I just made a batch of them today and they are delicious and easy to make. Though I ended up using about one cup more of powdered sugar, because the ‘dough’ was more like a cream and impossible to roll out. I used the peppermint oil and they taste yummy! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

ri gal

Definitely trying this one! Mint and chocolate and easy! What more could one ask for?

Beverly

Re: Carla’s comment above… I also added another full cup of confectioner’s sugar in order to render the dough rollable. It was just a puddle until then. I wondered if their might have been a typo. Like maybe it should have been 3.25 cups?

When I tried to use the cookie cutters, the shape would not hold. I elected to roll balls of the mint dough, like little meatballs, and that worked well. They spread only slightly on the wax paper and were fine after the flash freeze. I wonder if chilling the ball of dough beforehand would make the cookie cutters hold the shape better.

The finished products were FABULOUS ! I keep smacking my husband’s hand to leave some for company. There was a little pool of leftover chocolate and I made 4 raisin clusters and 4 cashew clusters, sitting on the wax paper with the gorgeous mints.

From all of us “visual learners”, thanks for showing us the photo steps.

Haapi

Hi–Can Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup be subbed for the corn syrup?

Ashley English

Haapi-I’m actually not familiar with Steen’s. If it’s a light-colored cane syrup, then it could work. If it’s darker-colored, though, more like molasses, than the finished patty center will be quite darker. I’m also not certain if the taste is similar. If Steen’s taste is similar to something mild, like corn syrup, and not strong, like molasses, than it should be fine. Otherwise, I’d stick to the corn syrup.

Kelly

Hi- I have many allergies as well but love PPs. I’m going to try these for sure. Do you think I could use Agave or honey as the sweetener?

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