Perfect Peppermint Patties Recipe
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Perfect Peppermint Patties Recipe

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Calling for just a few ingredients, this is one candy that's simple to prepare. I make lots of different candy at Christmas to give as gifts. It's time consuming, but worth it to see the delight it brings to people. -Joanne Adams, Bath, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 67 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Add milk and mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls and place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Flatten with a glass to 1/4-in. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes.
  2. Microwave chocolate chips and shortening on high until melted; stir until smooth. Dip patties, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Perfect Peppermint Patties in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p27

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 257982
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2016

"Really tasty like store bought peppermint patties. I too found the hardest part of the recipe to be the dipping of them. I froze them as directed and as others recommended just took a few out at a time to dip. I used two forks, one to turn the patty around in the chocolate and one to push it off the other fork onto the waxed paper. They don't look perfect, but oh well, they look homemade."

CherylShumaker User ID: 2231606 232344
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Just like store bought if not better! I've been asked by several people for the recipe!"

akhetle User ID: 8179327 215724
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"I love this recipe! I just tried it last week for the first time and it came out very well. I'm making it again today. I don't know why people keep saying that they have problems dipping because mine came out perfectly...I just made sure the patties were frozen solid first."

lucygirl11 User ID: 7037797 1755
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"I have been making these for several years and everyone loves them. I agree with sus_anne27, they need to go in the freezer. Now my daughter makes them for her family and it is a must every year at Christmas. I use milk chocolate for the coating since it is my favorite."

kmonster User ID: 6670431 4143
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Mmmm I love York's, and this is a great way to make my own. I haven't found the easiest way to coat them with the chocolate so they looked weird but the taste was great! Perfect with a cold glass of milk!"

sus_anne27 User ID: 6417908 4946
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"I have been making these for 3 years now and everyone LOVES these. A word of advice, make your patties and put them on parchment paper. Put them in the freezer and leave them for a couple of hours. When you are ready to dip them, grab a few out of the freezer at a time, that way they stay hardened and will not melt as easily. They do soften a big but are still manageable. Out of 6 or 7 candies I make at Christmas, these are the messiest but well worth it!"

debnmike2 User ID: 2905926 3454
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"These are fantastic! But very difficult to dip in the chocolate because their so delicate to work with. Will try again though."

BarbiVee User ID: 6261512 4019
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Perfect? Yes! These were so easy to make, and better than York Peppermint Patties. I ran out of peppermint extract before I made the chocolate, so I melted some peppermint chocolate baking pieces with the other chocolate, and it worked out fine. Will definitely make these again!"

shay.turner8 User ID: 7051882 1752
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"easy, until I had to dip the patties, I followed directions exactly but it was impossible to dip them without them crumbling. I had to spoon the chocolate onto both sides. Did I do something wrong?"

jslvsclf User ID: 919747 3945
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"These were very easy and very good. They tasted like the store bought kind. Thank you very much for a simple, fun, and good recipe my youngest daughter and I could make (and enjoy!) together. I agree with cynthia43; if you make more candies, please post them!"

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