Peppermint Patties

Makes 24

Adapted from  http://www.food.com/recipe/peppermint-patties-101027

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 24 -32 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 -6 tablespoons shortening

Steps:

  1. Combine the sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract in an electric mixer.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat.
  3. Knead on a surface sprinkled with more sugar until dough is stiff. (The stiffer the better when it come to the dipping part!) Add more sugar while kneading if the dough is sticky.
  4. Roll 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Cut into approximately 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch circles. If they are much bigger than that they fall apart when you dip them.
  6. Let the cut patties dry for at least 2 hours on *each* side. They need to be really dry.
  7. Melt chocolate & shortening it a double boiler; stirring constantly until smooth, using 1 Tbls of shortening for every 6 oz. of chocolate. Keep chocolate hot for dipping.
  8. Dip patties in melted chocolate. Remove and place on parchment paper and let harden for about 12 hours.