Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cookie Exchange #6 - Chocolate Peppermint Candies

These were most definitely a hit. They taste like a peppermint pattie. Super good, if you are a fan of peppermint and chocolate together, which we definitely are in this house. And, like some of the other recipes I've shared, these also have a handmade look, which I like. They don't look like they came out of box at all, but they aren't too hard to make and they only have five ingredients, which is nice.

Chocolate Peppermint Candies
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
4 to 4 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
3 cups (18 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

In a bowl, combine milk and extract.  Stir in 3 1/2 to 4 cups confectioner's sugar to form a stiff dough.  Turn onto a surface sprinkled lightly with confectioner's sugar.  Knead in enough remaining sugar to form a dough that is very stiff and no longer sticky.  Shape into 1 inch balls.

Flatten into 1 1/2 inch circles (not too thin or they have a tendency to melt when you dip them, I found).  Let dry 1 hour.  Turn over and let dry 1 hour longer.  Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler; cool slightly.  Dip patties in chocolate mixture and place on waxed paper to harden

This is your adorable final product.  As you can see, I went for artistry rather than perfection.  If I'm going to hand dip chocolate, I went them to look hand-dipped.  If you'd prefer a more polished look, just take extra care and don't drizzle the remaining chocolate on top of the waxed paper.  Either way, they are totally delicious, and very filling, so one patty goes a long way.