I love making homemade peppermint patties. I’m not a huge cookie fan, so when I go to cookie swaps, I try to bring something that is similar enough to a cookie but that leans more towards candy. (It’s cheating, I know.) These homemade peppermint patties are definitely a go-to of mine whenever I’m asked to bring treats. People are always impressed by the fact that you can make peppermint patties at home. The secret is that they’re really easy to make, and even better, the majority of the ingredients are pantry staples. So if I have to make a homemade treat in a pinch, I swing by the store for some half and half (if I don’t already have it already) and I’m on my way to making a super-unique dessert.
Adding a dusting of leprechaun’s gold to the patties is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Once I dusted mine with gold, I started to think about all the other treats I could dust with edible gold. Cupcake frosting? Sugar cookies? Donuts? Yum!
Peppermint Patty Gold Coins
These impressive looking treats are made up of no more than staples you have in your pantry.
- powdered sugar: 2 ½ cups
- butter: 2 tablespoons, softened
- half and half: 2 tablespoons
- peppermint extract: 2 tablespoons, plus extra for painting
- chocolate chips: 12 ounces
- edible gold dust: for dusting patties
Step 1: Combine powdered sugar, butter, half and half, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until the mixture comes together.
It should be soft but not sticky to the touch—if it's sticky, add more powdered sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time until it's stiff and no longer tacky.
Step 2: Mold the dough into a ball with your hands and roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper until it's about 1/4" thick.
Step 3: Chill the dough in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, then use a small circular cookie cutter to cut the dough into discs. When the remaining dough thaws you can roll in back into a ball and repeat step 3.
Step 4: Place the discs back in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. While the patties are chilling, melt the chocolate by placing it in a bowl in the microwave on half power and stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and thoroughly melted.
Step 5: Remove the patties from the freezer and dip, one at a time, in the melted chocolate. I found it worked best to drop the patty in, gently press with a finger to submerge it in chocolate, then use a fork to flip it over, shake off the excess chocolate, and place the covered patty on a sheet of parchment paper.
Step 6: Let the patties cool at room temperature until chocolate has hardened. Use a paring knife to clean up the bottom edges, if necessary.
Step 7: When the chocolate has set, mix together some edible gold dust with a few drops of peppermint extract, and use a clean paintbrush to brush it onto the peppermint patties.
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