For the past several Christmases, I have been making homemade peppermint patties. They are always a big hit with my family, and it is now expected every year that I will make them. This year I have decided to share my recipe with you.
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
6 cups of powdered sugar, plus more for working surface
1 tablespoon of peppermint extract
a couple drops of green food coloring
1-1/2 pounds good quality dark semisweet chocolate
First, you need to make the minty part. Mix the sweetened condensed milk with the peppermint extract and the food coloring. Then, add the powdered sugar cup by cup, thoroughly mixing in each cup with an electric mixer before adding the next cup. When you have all the sugar mixed in, your dough should be soft but not sticky.
Put a generous amount of powdered sugar on your work surface, and press out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. I like to use a little Christmas tree one.
Then, lay them all out on parchment paper, and let them sit out several hours or overnight. They need to be hard before you can dip them in the chocolate. It helps if you flip them over at some point during their drying process.
Then, and this is the most important part...
Use the best quality dark chocolate you can find for the dipping. The better the chocolate, the better your patties will taste. I like to use Scharffenberger, because that is what I can find locally. Semisweet is best. (Remember - the minty part is almost all sugar so you don't need really sweet chocolate.)
Now, melt your chocolate in a double boiler. or a pyrex bowl set over a saucepan of water. Lay one of the mints on a fork, and lower it down into the chocolate. Flip it once, lift it with the fork, and tap the fork a few times on the side of the bowl to remove the excess chocolate. Then lay the finished patty on a piece of parchment paper to dry. You have to be pretty quick with your motions, so the mints don't soften and fall apart while submerged in the warm chocolate. The first few that you dip will be a little awkward, but you will find your own technique and rhythm with practice.
Then, just wait for the chocolate to harden, and Voila! You have delicious, homemade peppermint patties!