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Perfect Peppermint Patties Recipe

Perfect Peppermint Patties Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268419
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"Remind me of the store bought kind, but these are a little bit better."

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!"

hlvogt User ID: 6562885 199017
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"These patties tast like the real deal, just like you bought from the store. The worst part about the recipe is dipping the patties in the chocoalte without making a mess. My patties didn't lookanything like the picture. But they were so tasty!!!"

DakotaCook User ID: 3819692 1750
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Very good!!"

carajojo User ID: 5450799 1748
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"these are sooo easy to make and make a wonderful addition to a cookie tray for the holidays"

kj4922 User ID: 5714243 3523
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"My husband and daughter loved this recipe. I didn't really change the recpie. I used stick butter (margarine). I think it helps if you allow the mixture to set for a few minutes before you try to roll it into balls. The only change I will make next time is making them smaller because I made them too big."

bloominfoodie User ID: 5650653 3453
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I read all of the reviews and made some changes. Used 4 cups of powdered sugar. When adding the milk I added only a few drops at a time until it came together in a dough similar to play doh. Placed dough on waxed paper dusted with powdered sugar, rolled into a 1.5" log and sliced rounds. Smased rounds and froze them. Then used dipping chocolate and NOT that terrible bark stuff from the grocery. I used Guittard dipping chocolate. It melts at a lower temp so the patties aren't melting before you can get them back to the pan. Melt chocolate and give it a min or so to cool off before jumping in. Otherwise GREAT receipe. Thanks"

cmacy User ID: 5673282 1713
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"The recipe is great! Tastes better thanYork Peppermint Patties -- but mine didn't turn out nearly as pretty! Not sure how to dip them in chocolate successfully -- my mint kept melting!"

tksgroupie User ID: 4686349 1710
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"very easy to make...but ended up tasting like stale york peppermint patties. maybe i used too much mint (2 teaspoons) and could use a darker chocolate...not sure. just ok for me."

biggsthecat User ID: 1995811 5772
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"So easy and so good make every year for Christmas"

shaskrys User ID: 5026287 5936
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"I loved the taste of these but had a hard time of rolling these into balls when the mixture was like icing texture. I added more confectioners sugar and still had a hard time of trying to flatten them. Any suggestions?"

MelissaV81 User ID: 1221953 1709
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

"I always give many different kinds of candy away for Christmas, and these were everyone's favorite by far this year. GREAT RECIPE!"

jeanettedecker User ID: 1755221 199016
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I have made many, many times. You might try 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil instead of the extract if you really want the peppermint flavor. There is no comparison."

misscleocat User ID: 257578 1658
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"These are wonderful and easy. I didn't follow directions and placed them on a rack after I dipped them in chocolate...what a mistake. Instead of waxed paper I would recommend parchment paper. I will do this again the right way!!!"

tapanga79 User ID: 1186106 1656
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Love them!!!! Definately taste better than a York peppermint patty. This will be a favorite year round!!!"

elisa User ID: 1925350 3487
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"Popped on today to get this recipe for the holiday. I love this and already gave it 5 stars! I just had to post again to Thank CYNTHIA43 for sharing her experience. This is a big mistake allot of people make when baking. If you try to cut the fat.. you may wind up with something less desirable. Butter in ANY form would have worked fine. It's obvious she used margarine from a tub. Instead of trying to cut the fat from a recipe...just eat a smaller piece. Your taste buds will thank you!"

cynthia43 User ID: 389561 4743
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"Make sure when these are made, dont use tub butter, besure to use stick butter intead, it should have been mentioned."

cynthia43 User ID: 389561 4742
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"What other kind of candy do you make? I just started making candy for the first time, I've made chocolate covered cherries, peanut butter cups, and now atemping your peppermint patties, would love to hear about your recipes sometime."

cynthia43 User ID: 389561 4741
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"When I made this, it was to runny, and had to add more confectioner's sugar to thicken it up, so therfore it is taking longer to freeze to harden it. So when they are all froze solid and I can make these I will write back."

Tina30219 User ID: 673647 4740
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2009

"Glad to have found this recipe will have to try these out."

KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 4692
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"This is THE BEST recipe...we make it often and NEVER get tired of it :)"

raginadavis User ID: 1045796 3082
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"These are always on my holiday list and are terrific tasting and a family favorite. Reggie from Iowa."

elisa User ID: 1925350 3000
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2008 Edited Dec. 3, 2009

"These are just wonderful! A big enough batch to share! I give these as gifts too. York Patties~*Eat your heart out :)"

administrator User ID: 1996148 2999
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2008

"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
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