Homemade Peppermint Patties

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I love peppermint patties. What’s not to love? Their chocolaty and sweet and it feels like you’ve just brushed your teeth after you eat one. My grandparents always kept the miniature knock-off versions from CVS called “thin mints” at their apartment and I could eat a sleeve a day. There’s nothing more satisfying than a big, whole peppermint patty, except maybe one that you’ve made yourself.

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I’ve had these on my to-make list ever since seeing this post on Megan’s blog. I kept putting them off not knowing how utterly easy these are to make. I made them New Year’s Eve morning and they were gone before the clock struck midnight. They’re naturally vegan and gluten-free, so if you’re cooking for allergies and want to avoid any specialty ingredients, go with these for an easy crowd pleaser.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Ingredients(Makes 24 patties):

  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons agave nectar(or any liquid sweetener)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, softened or melted
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 bag(12oz) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

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In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar, agave nectar, coconut oil, peppermint extract, and water. Continue mixing with your hands even if it doesn’t look like there’s enough moisture there; eventually it will all come together and form a dough ball.

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Take off chunks of filling from the dough ball and roll them into 3/4-inch balls. Press the balls down in between your hands and form patties. Lay these out on a baking tray and refrigerate or freeze for 30 minutes until firm

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When the patties are ready, melt down the chocolate in a microwave or over a double-boiler. Line a baking tray with parchment paper to set the peppermint patties to dry once coated.

To coat, lay the patty down on top of the melted chocolate. Immediately flip it over with a fork and lift it out of the chocolate from the bottom. Wipe off any excess chocolate from the bottom and lay it on the lined baking tray.

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Let the patties sit at room temperature for an hour or refrigerate for 10 minutes before removing them from the paper.

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I’m a sucker for any popular “junk food” dessert made homemade. I think they’re SO impressive. I wouldn’t worry if your patties aren’t all the same size or the chocolate isn’t smooth; those kind difference make these distinctively homemade.

These are great to eat after dinner to freshen your breath, if you don’t just eat a handful for dinner that is.

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35 Responses to Homemade Peppermint Patties
  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    January 5, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Though I love covering everything in chocolate, the filling looks good enough to eat on its own. Yum.

  2. melissa @ the delicate place
    January 5, 2011 | 10:44 am

    this is one of your finest ideas. ever! i love peppermint patties :0 i think i have all the ingedients too!

  3. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    January 5, 2011 | 10:59 am

    Someone at my office made these before Christmas. They were SO good I ate like 4 of them.

    Mmmmmm

  4. rebecca lustig
    January 5, 2011 | 10:59 am

    oh my gosh.

    (that is all)

  5. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 5, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Oooh, these look so good!

  6. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    January 5, 2011 | 11:23 am

    I have to try making these. Peppermint patties are amazing.
    And I completely agree–homemade junk foods are the best! I made homemade Reese’s cups before and they were mind blowing! :)

  7. Caroline
    January 5, 2011 | 11:41 am

    My mom would go crazy for these. I’m going to have to give them a try! Thanks Evan!

  8. Corey @ the runner's cookie
    January 5, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Mint and chocolate are perfect together – I polished off a box of dark chocolate peppermint patties from my stocking in 2 days…maybe it’s time to make my own ;)

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 5, 2011 | 12:31 pm

    Evan those look delish! I know Jenna ELR recently did some that look alot like yours and a girl did a guest post on my site about 14 mos ago for a peppermint patty but it’s a different “middle” than what you and Jenna did. I hadnt seen Megan’s post…but wow, they look sooo good!

  10. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    January 5, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    you can come make me some peppermint patties anytime :-)

  11. Sara
    January 5, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Omg I love peppermint patties… now I can make them at home?! *DIES* :P

  12. christina
    January 5, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    ooooomyg. evan. i want these.

  13. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    January 5, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    These are one of my favorite candies!

  14. Ela
    January 5, 2011 | 5:42 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that homemade junkfood is always appealing. I’m always trying to make no/low-sugar versions of things for various reasons (and you can make a great low-sugar peppermint patty using coconut butter, btw) and chocolate/mint is the most irresistible combination. But when I’ve made peanut butter cups and fudge, etc, it’s always gone over very well even made with all the junk ingredients (except for those I simply refuse to use)!

  15. C&C Cakery
    January 5, 2011 | 8:46 pm

    You have no idea how excited I am about these. I love homemade candy substitutes – I’ve done peanut butter cups and butterfinger, now I must add peppermint paddies to the mix. Thank you so much for the recipe (and I love that these are easily vegan! Woot!)

  16. Heather
    January 5, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    Wow, these look delicious! I am a huge fan of homemade “junk” food. I’ve made homemade PB cups before, now I have to try these!

  17. Brittany
    January 5, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.

    My sister would love these peppermint patties! You’re right about the “clean teeth” feeling. I think that’s why my mother serves them alongside dessert at her dinner parties.

  18. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    January 5, 2011 | 9:55 pm

    YUM! I love homemade candy. It’s so much better than factory-made. These look awesome!

  19. Annie@stronghealthyfit
    January 5, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    Thanks for your comment!
    I love learning how to make things homemade. Usually it means finding out how easy they are to create. I love that you made peppermint patties! Yum :-)

  20. Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    January 5, 2011 | 11:20 pm

    Are you for serious?

    These look a-mazing. I’d like some right now please. :)

  21. Kat @ Cupcakekat
    January 6, 2011 | 12:09 am

    I adore the combination of mint and chocolate! Sounds much better than the store bought mint patties too

  22. The Candid RD
    January 6, 2011 | 7:53 am

    YUM These are my favorite candies (besides Reece’s PB cups, of course).

  23. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella
    January 6, 2011 | 9:45 am

    Love these!

  24. Holly
    January 6, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    i had NO idea these were that easy! however, if i do make them, i feel like i will rationalize having constant bad breath just to eat the whole batch of these…

  25. Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon
    January 6, 2011 | 7:50 pm

    Brilliant! These look awesome, and I absolutely love that they’re vegan. My sister and I used to get a large peppermint patty in our Christmas stockings every year, and we loved ‘em (and then, who doesn’t love the Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies?!)

    Thanks for sharing :)

  26. Lisa
    January 7, 2011 | 11:36 am

    I’ve also been wanting to try and make these but thought it would too time consuming. You make it look so easy.

  27. Hannah
    January 7, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    How did I miss this?! I have a feeling this might be the recipe to defeat my peppermint essence aversion, which started when I poured too much of it into a turned-out-sludgy “candy cane rice pudding”…

  28. Vanessa
    January 7, 2011 | 8:48 pm

    Peppermint patties have been on my to make list for an eternity.. They looks SO good!!

  29. Sarah
    January 9, 2011 | 3:47 am

    wow. i so saved this recipe for the next time i need to impress dinner guests.

  30. Dara
    January 16, 2011 | 12:09 am

    Hey, I stumbled upon your site recently – great recipes! I just made these tonight (using honey instead of agave – I didn’t have any on hand), and they’re all kinds of awesome.

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 16, 2011 | 3:44 pm

      Thanks! I love them, too. I’m just fishing for an excuse to make them again.

  31. kate
    April 8, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Good god!

  32. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    September 30, 2011 | 8:41 am

    Crap! I’m home today, left with the ingredients for Peppermint Patties. I need to make these, there my favorite candy! I can’t wait to try this!!

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