Peppermint Patties have always been a favorite treat in my house. We used to keep bags of bite sized York Peppermint Patties in the pantry to always have an after lunch treat. Once we went natural, the originals were replaced by Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Mint Creams. Now, the poor TJ’s version has been replaced by these homemade treats.
Homemade Peppermint Patties are easier than you’d think. The downside is, they don’t last very long! I imagine I’ll have to make a batch a week to keep up with demand.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Adapted from Design Sponge
- 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 tbsp cold water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp light corn syrup (Wholesome Sweeteners makes an organic option)
- 2 tsp peppermint oil
- 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Combine powered sugar, water, coconut oil, corn syrup, and peppermint oil in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until it comes together.
- Dampen your hands and form mixture into a ball. Place on parchment paper and flatten into desired thickness. Add powdered sugar as necessary to keep from sticking. Use a small cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes.
- Place shapes onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Put finished shapes in freezer for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt chocolate and coconut oil, stirring until smooth.
- Coat peppermint shapes with chocolate mixture, working quickly to avoid too much softening. I don’t worry about the messy extra chocolate, it’s just bonus chocolate!
- Allow candies to set in refrigerator on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Store in refrigerator.
I can come up with just about any excuse to make fresh whipped cream. In the winter, it’s hot cocoa, almost nightly. This spring, it’s fresh picked strawberries for the (only!) local organic field. Get yourself a handy dandy whipped cream maker, it’s a quick and easy process which is worth it!
Fresh Whipped Cream
1/2 pint heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1. Combine ingredients & “whip” according to manufacturer’s instructions.
I’d never tried Nutella until a few years ago and ever since that first bite, I’ve been hooked. Of course, it’s not a common ingredient around here because it’s not exactly “healthy,” “organic,” or “natural” despite what those charming commercials would have you believe. Well, thanks to Jessica at Su Good Sweets, I’ve found a homemade version that can at least count towards Michael Pollan’s idea that you can “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” When Forrest got home and asked what I had made, I told him “this might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten, let alone made.”
While you can simply top your ice cream with this delicious goodness, for an even tastier treat, add it to your basic Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.
Adapted from Su Good Sweets
Yield: about 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups)
2 cups whole raw hazelnuts
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
up to 1/4 cup vegetable or nut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place hazelnuts in a single layer on a shallow baking pan. Toast until the skins are almost black and the meat is dark brown, about 15 minutes. Stir the nuts halfway through baking to ensure an even color.
2. Since the skin is bitter, you’ll want to discard them. Wrap the cooled hazelnuts in a clean kitchen towel or paper towel, and rub until most of the skins have come off. Don’t fret if you can’t get off all the skins.
3. Process nuts in a food processor, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally, until they have liquefied, about 5 minutes. First, you will get coarsely chopped nuts, then a fine meal. After a little while, the nuts will form a ball around the blade, and it will seem like you only have a solid mass. Keep processing. The heat and friction will extract the natural oils, and you will get hazelnut butter!
4. When the nuts are liquefied, add in the sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Slowly drizzle in enough oil to make a spreadable consistency. Since the mixture is warm, it will be more fluid now than at room temperature.
5. Transfer the spread to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for1-2 months. For best results, stir the chocolate-hazelnut spread before using.
I had all the ingredients for s’mores except marshmallows, so I pulled out an old recipe that I had tucked in a binder. I have no idea where it originated, but I’m sure glad it did!
Homemade Marshmallow Fluff
(Makes approximately 10 cups)
3 egg whites
2 cups light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites, corn syrup and salt, about 5 minutes until thick and fluffy. Slowly add in sugar beating on low speed until well blended. Add vanilla and mix until blended.
This recipe may be frozen for later use. Remove from freezer and stir until fluff is mixed.
It can be kept in the refrigerated for up to 1 week. Stir well with a spoon before serving.
You can use this in any recipe that calls for marshmallow creme/fluff.
This is a staple on my family’s holiday table. I think it falls into the category of dessert, but Mom and Grandma serve it as a side dish. Either way it’s a yummy addition.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cups melted butter
1 cup, 2 tbsp sugar
1 large container whipped topping
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 small packages strawberry jello
2 small packages frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
2 cups hot water
Combine pretzels, butter, and 2 tbsp sugar and press into 9×13 baking dish. Combine whipped topping, less 1 cup, cream cheese, and 1 cup sugar and pour over crust. Refrigerate.
Mix jello, strawberries, and water and let stand until thick and syrupy. Pour over cream cheese mixture. Spread remaining cup whipped topping over strawberry mixture. Refrigerate until firm.