It is a tad cliché to do green-colored or mint-flavored food on Saint Patrick’s Day, such as these frosted donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, but I couldn’t help it! I don’t view it is a terrible thing if I go along with everyone else, I think it is keeping a healthy tradition alive.
I researched simplistic peppermint patty recipes and came across a Web site that actually shows you how commercial products are made. I chose York Peppermint Patties because I love them, my Grammy loves them, and my boyfriend loves them.
While I’m at my Grammy’s for Spring break, Alex is at his dad’s, about forever away from me. Fortunately these patties will keep until he gets here on Saturday! 🙂
York Peppermint Patties
1 egg white
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp peppermint oil or extract
cornstarch for dusting
one 12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips (approx. 2 cups)
1. In a medium bowl, beat the egg white* until frothy but not stiff. Don’t use a plastic bowl for this. (the egg won’t “froth” properly)
2. Slowly add the powdered sugar while blending with an electric mixer set on medium speed.
3. Add the corn syrup and peppermint oil or extract and knead the mixture with your hands until has the smooth consistency of dough. (the dough will be really sticky) Add more powdered sugar if necessary, until the mixture is no longer sticky.
4. Using a surface and rolling pin heavily dusted with cornstarch, roll out the peppermint dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
5. Punch out circles of peppermint dough with a biscut cutter or a clean can. Make approximately 20, place them on plates or cookie sheets, and let them firm up in the refrigerator, about 45 minutes.
6. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. (please never use the microwave to melt chocolate)
7. Drop each patty into the chocolate and coat completely. Using a large serving forl, or 2 dinner forks, one in each hand, lift the coated patty from the chocolate. Gently tap the forks to rid the patty of excess chocolate and place each on wax paper.
8. Chill the peppermint patties until firm, about 30 minutes, or overnight to get the trademark “snap.”
* Wondering what to do with that egg yolk you’re not using? Grammy’s going to put it into an omelet tomorrow morning, but don’t just throw it away! Save it in a small container to use for the next day. Use it right away.