These festive Christmas Candy Cane Peppermint Patties are perfect for parties and edible gifts.
In a bowl of your stand mixer or with a handheld mixer beat together at medium speed: confectioners/powdered sugar (5cups) with corn syrup (3 tablespoons), water (3 tablespoons), peppermint extract (1 teaspoon), shortening (3 tablespoons), and a pinch of salt.
TIP: Use a paddle attachment if using a stand mixer.
Divide peppermint filling dough into half, color one half with red gel food color, and leave the second half uncolored.
Form each filling into a snake shape and then roll it out between 2 pieces of parchment paper or wax paper. Dust the bottom and top with more powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
Line work surface with plastic wrap. Layer white and red peppermint layers.
Place a piece of wax paper on top of the layered peppermint layers and gently roll out layers with a rolling pin.
Lift up the end of plastic wrap and roll layered peppermint layers into a log shape. Wrap well in food wrap. If your log is too long, cut it in half. Chill in the freezer until firm, partly frozen is fine 30 + minutes.
Take a well-chilled candy cane from the freezer. Using a sharp knife cut small patties, place them on a tray lined with wax paper. If patties get soft, chill again until firm.
Prepare the chocolate either by tempering it or using ready-to-use melting wafers.
Dip each peppermint round into the melted chocolate. Using a dipping fork turn the patty in the chocolate to coat it. Carefully, with the fork, lift the coated peppermint patty out, and gently shake off the excess. Tap the fork on the bowl with chocolate, let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.
Place freshly coated patties onto the tray lined with wax paper. Once you are done with all the patties, put the tray into the fridge for 10 minutes for the chocolate to set.
Store mint patties in a cool place in an airtight container, layered, wax paper between each layer.
CAN I USE PEPPERMINT OIL IN PLACE OF EXTRACT? -Yes, you can use peppermint extract. Be mindful, oil extracts are usually highly concentrated. Use them sparingly, few drops if often sufficient. Taste before adding more.
HOW LONG DO PEPPERMINT PATTIES LAST? - These homemade peppermint candies are good for at least 2-3 weeks, stored in the fride.
WHERE SHOULD I STORE HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT PATTIES? - in a warm climate it's best to store them in an airtight container, in the fridge. I prefer to store them in the fridge, for up to 3 weeks.
Recipe by Hanielas.com