Monday, December 19, 2011

Homemade Peppermint Patties

I am a sucker for York Peppermint Patties!  Too bad the long list of ingredients is less than appealing ... and horrible for you!  I found this recipe and decided to try it ... Only 4 "clean" ingredients!

THE VERDICT:  AMAZING!  I totally agree with the blogger and would add more peppermint extract the next batch, but these rock!  I had to hide them in the freezer from the hubby or they would have been gone in one setting!

1/2 cup coconut oil (solid state – firm at temperatures below 76 degrees)
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2-1 cup dark chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly (I found it easiest to melt them and thin slightly with a Tablespoon of milk to get the best consistency. Cooling is essential for it to stick correctly.)

1. Combine the coconut oil, honey/maple syrup, and peppermint extract in a food processor or blender till smooth.
2. Place in freezer until the ingredients are fairly solid (15 minutes or so).
3. Scoop out mixture with a 1.5 teaspoon scoop or whatever you have on hand (I used a standard Tablespoon) and form small balls on a parchment paper/wax paper lined cookie sheet. Press down into flattened rounds. (It will naturally melt a bit when brought in contact with your hands, so quickly form little mounds but don’t stress for perfection, because it will not happen.
4. Transfer back to the freezer to solidify again.
5. Remove from freezer after they are firm again and dip with a spoon into your melted cooled chocolate until fully covered. Allow 10 minutes or so to harden. Store in refrigerator until you are ready to consume.
Yield: 10-12 small patties


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