Me and my pal Gumby ventured into a delicious, pepperminty, chocolatey realm today:
He was ecstatic. These days he spends most of his time being chewed on by an autistic kid, so this was a welcome change.
I saw these homemade peppermint patties on Pinterest (say that 10 times, fast). If you want those instructions, here they are. If you want the slightly different, easier-yet equally delish, but more entertaining version, then read on.
This was surprisingly easy! Only a few ingredients and noooo baking which I always love. My oven is possessed.
That’s my new epicure garlic salt spice grinder in the background, by the way. I thought it was prettier than my salt tub, so I let it have its 15 minutes of fame here. I definitely used regular salt in the recipe. 😉
All you gotta do is mix up every ingredient, minus the chocolate (don’t worry, I’ll post the recipe down there ↓) until a nice dough forms. (You might need to add a bit more water or sugar to get the right consistency.) Then knead it on a sugared surface for a minute until it’s smooth. I need to knead you, baby.
(Mom joke, sorry)
Next, form the dough into a nice, big patty, and coat liberally with melted chocolate.
Just kidding… Imagine???
Now, roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. I used wax paper because I am
cheap and lazy thrifty and resourceful. You wanna aim for about as thin as a peppermint patty should be. (I’m helpful.)
Make sure you dust the top and bottom of the dough with some icing sugar, then stick it on a tray in the freezer for 10-15 mins.
Get yourself a cutter of sorts that is about an inch in diameter. Out of the 200 cookie cutters I have, I couldn’t believe that I didn’t have a small circle! But my Birthday is coming up, so thanks in advance to the lucky one of you who is going to get me one.
I wound up using a popsicle cup, which was a pretty cool shape for a peppermint patty. I just made sure I dipped it in sugar every few squishes. (I just racked my brain for 5 minutes trying to come up with a better way to say that last word… sorry… ‘squishes’ it is.)
After another short stint in the freezer, these puppies will be ready to coat in chocolate!
And since we had a spare 10 minutes to kill, we thought we’d take advantage of the opportunity and have a photo-shoot:
Gumby felt left out. Because he was. That’s okay, Gumby. Chocolate will heal your emotional scars!
After your photo shoot, plunge the chilled patties (heehee that reminds me of ‘grilled patties’ and now im picturing making this recipe with ground beef!) into some melted chocolate.
To melt chocolate easily and effectively, pour the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it at 20 second intervals, stirring each time. When the chocolate is jussssst melted and smooth, it’s ready to go! It is really easy to over-cook it. Don’t do that. It is gross and doesn’t work.
Pretty lil things. After they’re coated, leave them for an hour or so on the counter until the chocolate has set. OR if you are like me and
are unnaturally impatient had somewhere to be, you can put them in the freezer for 10 more minutes.
They were delicious, and a lot better than the store-bought kind, but more importantly, Gumby was extremely satisfied. And now, the recipe:
Gumby’s Peppermint Patties
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons corn syrup (light)
1 1/2 Tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
a pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon margarine (or shortening, or butter, or even mayonnaise, if you’re feeling experimental. (And let me know how that goes…)
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used dairy free ones- so these babies are dairy-free AND gluten-free)
Well, there you have it! And on that note, I’m going to go gain weight!