Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Cups
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: several hours to overnight
Ooooh I just love making candy for Christmas. These little beauties are easy to make and their peppermint flavor almost takes your breath away.
These can be made up to one month ahead. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Line 24 mini muffin cups with candy papers (not mini muffin papers); set aside.
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, smoothing out any wrinkles. Lightly dust the foil with confectioners’ sugar.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the sugar, butter, peppermint oil, vanilla extract, and evaporated milk until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until very creamy (about 2-3 minutes). Transfer the batter to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to chill until firm enough to roll into balls (about an hour).
Use a 1/2-inch scoop, portion the batter into ½- inch balls and place on the prepared pan. Chill while proceeding with the recipe.
Chocolate Coating: In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and shortening. Transfer melted chocolate to a piping bag.
Pipe a small amount of chocolate in 12 of the candy papers. Place a peppermint ball on top. Pipe chocolate over the peppermint mixture in a circular motion. Use the back of a small spoon to cover the filling, pulling up to create a small peak. Repeat with remaining 12 candy papers, re-melting chocolate if needed. Chill until firm.
Optional embellishments: Crushed peppermint candies or melted white chocolate.
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/4- 1/2 teaspoon edible peppermint oil (not extract)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon evaporated milk
8 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon shortening
to you by Amy Tobin
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