TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 142 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine milk and extract. Stir in 3-1/2 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a surface sprinkled lightly with confectioners' sugar. Knead in enough remaining sugar to form a dough that is very stiff and no longer sticky. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Flatten into 1-1/2-in. circles. Let dry 1 hour. Turn and let dry 1 hour longer. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl; cool slightly. Dip patties in chocolate mixture and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Peppermint Candies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p38

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