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, trace fiber), trace 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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Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

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

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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