Here's a recipe for delicious success: Homemade Peppermint Patties! These much beloved minty sweets are so simple to make that you'll be surprised at how quickly and effortlessly you can put them together. They can even be made vegan, if you are so inclined.
I have also included a variation for Junior Mints towards the end of this tutorial.
So, make your own candy and control the ingredients, save money, and, most importantly, have FUN!
Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment
To make these patties (1 batch yields about 20-30) you'll need:
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. light corn syrup, honey, or agave (your choice, they all work great!)
1 1/2 T. water
1 T. cream cheese (for the vegan option, simply omit the cream cheese. It is still plenty creamy without it!)
1/2 t. peppermint extract
1/4 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 T. shortening
2 cups semisweet morsels (go darker if you prefer; 65-75% chocolate works great too.)
2 T. butter (or shortening if you want to go vegan.)
Equipment you'll need:
Cookie Sheet (not pictured)
Small (1-1 1/2 inches in diameter) circular cookie cutter (A shot glass turned upside down will work in a pinch.)
Wax paper, parchment paper or silicone baking mat
Double Boiler or microwave
Fork or dipping utensil (not pictured)