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Chocolate Peppermints

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Add a mini bite of refreshment to your party table with Chocolate Peppermints.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Confectioners Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ¼ teaspoons Peppermint Extract
  • 6 ounces, weight Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preparation

Using a mixer, gradually add the sugar to the cream cheese, beating well until incorporated.

Add peppermint extract and combine well.

Roll dough into teaspoon size balls and place on baking sheet(s) that have been lined with wax paper or parchment. Create a small “bowl” or indention on the top of each ball using a 1/4 teaspoon or your finger. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and let the dough firm up in refrigerator for a few hours.

When peppermints have firmed, melt the chocolate according to package directions (microwave is fine – if you do it this way, heat for 30 second increments, stirring between each additional increment, and stop when it’s smooth and melted). Fill a piping bag or a freezer bag with the corner snipped off with the melted chocolate. Fill each mini peppermint bowl/indention with chocolate and let cool.

Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.

A couple of tips:

If working solo, only make a few balls at a time before pressing the bowls/indentions to avoid them drying and cracking. The best thing is to work with a fellow peppermint maker and have one person roll the balls, while the other follows behind making the bowls/indentations. A ball maker and a bowl maker make the perfect peppermint pair.

Be sure to keep the main bowl of peppermint dough lightly covered with plastic or a damp paper towel while making the balls to avoid it drying out.

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Alys Carol Carr on 12.18.2011

Yummy!

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IBeInTheCorn aka dd on 12.18.2011

ooooooooooooooo… I can’t wait to try these. Always wanted to make homemade peppermint patties, but I wasn’t so sure I’d like the chocolate-dipping part. Whatta brilliant variation!

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Chef Janet **!! Let's Cook It Up with Recipes!!** on 12.17.2011

going to try these for the holidays, thanks for the post.
Janet

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Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on 12.16.2011

These look amazing and are so pretty!

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eskimopie on 12.16.2011

wow those sure are pretty to look at! Thank you for sharing

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Hannah Goy on 12.29.2011

These were sooo tasty but didn’t set for me :( I added a ton more icing sugar but they stayed really soft and gooey. I wanted to give them as gifts so needed them to be hard enough to handle so I simply rolled them into balls and covered in chocolate. Really delicious though!

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Jess on 12.27.2011

I followed the recipe exactly and got great results. They were a huge hit at our Christmas eve party, and I shared the recipe with three family members already. Thanks!

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IBeInTheCorn aka dd on 12.24.2011

These little mints were so incredibly easy and the flavor is just wonderful as they melt in your mouth. Elegant in their appearance, I could easily see these at a wedding reception. Today I topped each of mine with a few red crystal-sugar flakes to Christmas them up a bit. As I was piping the chocolate into the wells, my mind began racing with variations. For example, a little red food color in the minted ingredients, carefully folded in to create a festive candy cane type swirl, and then melt white-chocolate chips for the center, sprinkled with a few flakes of green or red crystal sugar, or just a few rainbow sprinkles. I give these little sweets 5 Oven Mitts for their simplicity, flavor, and the unlimited possibilities to customize them for any holiday or special event. Thanks so much for sharing, MissAmy…this one goes into the real recipe box and will indeed be used time and time again!

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honeyscrump on 12.24.2011

Definitely too much sugar (or not enough cream cheese). I followed the directions, but the mixture was too dry. I added more cream cheese until I reached a good consistency, but still not sure if they were right. My kids loved them, but they were not what I was hoping they’d be to take to our Christmas party.

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Elizabeth on 12.20.2011

These were wonderful! I used slightly less powdered sugar as I was worried the mixture was going to be too dry and unworkable. Everyone that tried them said they were amazing. I plan to make more this week!

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