Homemade Peppermint Patties

I’ve made these once before and they are actually better than the store bought kind.  No lie!  AND they’re super easy with simple ingredients (except maybe the peppermint extract but that’s easy enough to get!).

I use a couple of recipes combined because they all seem to be missing something.  This link is the basic recipe.  However, I find that I use closer to 6 cups of confectioner’s sugar (maybe even a little more because the dough needs to be pretty stiff). 

After mixing the dough, split the dough in half and roll each half into a log.  It should be about 1 1/4″ wide… It doesn’t matter how long it is.  You’re gonna cut slices out of the log about every 1/4″.  After you cut them, they’ll still be soft so form them back into circles and place them on wax paper or parchment paper.  After you have them all cut (I get about 50 of them) let them sit out for an hour (just out on the counter is fine).  Then flip them all over and let them sit for another hour.  I think letting them sit and dry out is how they get the same type of consistency you get with the store bought kind.

After they’ve sat for the two hours, go ahead and melt your chocolate with shortening and dip them all.  They are a lot easier to dip if they’re not much bigger than the fork you use to dip them & shake them off. 

I decorated a few of mine with marzipan decorations I made for Thanksgiving (and a couple of roses for my Mom!)
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Working with Marzipan

I’ve been wanting to try working with Marzipan for a while now but I couldn’t find it.  The other night we went to the grocery store and there it was!  Apparently it’s something they only carry for the holidays. 

I thought it would be fun to make cute little animals with it but felt I should start with something easier since I’ve never been good at sculpting cute little animals :/

I watched two videos on YouTube about making a Marzipan rose and guess what?  It’s super easy!  Even I can do it!  I think it came out pretty good and it took me less than 5 minutes (not including coloring the dough).  Marzipan is so much easier to work with than fondant… I might actually try making cute little animals!!!

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