Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Peppermint Patties


The cool, refreshing sensation of a minty, creamy center en-robed by a rich, dark chocolate coating... delightful!! The decadent bitterness of dark chocolate compliments the sweet center perfectly. Then your mouth is left with a tingly sensation to die for. I have always loved York Peppermint Patties, and these come very close in flavor.


These make a very pretty and elegant gift, as well as a sweet treat for yourself! Nothing says you care like a homemade confection :) They are easily adaptable to different holidays (e.g., green food coloring for the center and red chocolate drizzle for Christmas; red food coloring for the center and white chocolate for Valentine's Day).


Although it may be a stretch to call these healthy, I decided to post them because they are a personal favorite of mine. They do have fewer calories than their brand name counterpart, but are still a far cry from a more traditional healthy treat. Nevertheless, it is alright to let yourself indulge once in a while. As long as you keep portions within reason, these patties fit comfortably into a healthy diet/lifestyle. At only 102 calories per patty, there are certainly far worse than this recipe! Also, the dark chocolate coating contains many antioxidants and other health benefits... that makes up for it right? At least that is what I tell myself!

Peppermint Patties

(Makes 30 patties)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup mashed potato (not instant)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract adjusting according to taste
  • 4-5 cups (580 grams) powdered sugar (I included 5 cups in the nutritional information just to be safe)
  • 2 teaspoons shortening 
  • 2 dark chocolate bars equaling 4 ounces total (I used Trader Joes which came to 580 calories total. If yours is different, adjust nutritional information accordingly)
Method:
  • Boil a small/medium potato until very soft. Drain well, mash, and measure out half a cup. 
  • Add potato, salt, and peppermint to a medium bowl; mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Be sure there are no lumps at all. 
  • Reduce speed to low, slowly add powdered sugar until a thick dough has formed. If it is still sticky, refrigerate until it firms up enough for easy handling. 
  • Form into 30 balls about the size of a large cherry (if you have a scale and used all 5 cups of sugar, each ball should weigh around 22 grams). Place balls on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment or wax paper.
  • Use the bottom of a glass dusted in powdered sugar to flatten the balls into patties. Freeze for 1 hour.
  • Place chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 20-30 second intervals until smooth (DO NOT BURN). Dip frozen patties into chocolate mixture. Let cool on wax paper.
    • If patties become brittle or hard to handle, place back in the freezer until firm again
    • If chocolate becomes too cool, it will be difficult to coat the patties (creating a thicker coating which may lead you to run out of chocolate). Simply microwave the chocolate again in 20 second intervals until smooth again.


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
(Per patty)
  • 102 Calories
  • 22g Carbohydrates
    • 21g Sugar
  • 1g Fat
  • 0g Protein

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