Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe

Ever since I was little, I have loved peppermint patties. This past Christmas, my cute neighbor Shelley brought over her HOMEMADE version and I seriously died. They were 1,000 times better than store-bought ones, so I hid them in the pantry and didn’t share any of them with my family (not exactly my proudest moment, but hey- you gotta do what you gotta do! Those patties were totally worth it!). I googled the recipe after Christmas and stumbled on this one- it was easier than thought and the end result was delicious. They may not look as pretty, but they taste phenomenal!


Serves: 24

Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe

2 hrPrep Time

2 hrTotal Time

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  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chipsĀ 
  • 2 teaspoons shortening


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract.
  2. Beat in the powdered sugar just a little at a time, until a stiff dough starts to form and the dough isn't sticky.
  3. Form into 1 inch balls, then place on waxed paper and flatten with fingers to form patties. Let patties dry at room temperature for about two hours (I turned flipped mine over after about 1 hours to make sure they were evenly set on both sides).
  4. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate with shortening, stirring often (you could also melt the chocolate in the microwave- just do whatever you are comfortable with!). Remove chocolate from heat. Dip patties, one at a time, into chocolate by laying them on the tines of a fork and lowering the fork into the liquid. Let cool on waxed paper until set. Place in the fridge so let them set-up even faster (I actually prefer to eat them straight out of the fridge).

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21 Responses to “Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe”

    • They certainly do not dry out in 2 hours - even after 24 hours of waiting, they still fell apart when dipping. Save yourself time, money, mess and a lot of frustration - go buy a package of York peppermint patties and spend your time making a candy that will actually turn out nicely after all the time you spend making it. I'm not trying to be rude - just wish someone would have posted a comment like this and I would have read it before I wasted my time. Perhaps the brand of sweetened condensed milk makes a difference? I have no idea - I'm not going to experiment as I have no intention of ever trying these again.
  1. I let mine set overnight. They weren't dry after 2 hours and fell apart when dipped. Waiting overnight made dipping so much easier! Making another batch this week. Switching out peppermint for orange in half the batch (kids request!) Hopefully they are tasty! Thank you for a delicious and easy recipe.
  2. These are SO GOOD and easy to make. I let them dry over night (flipping them half way) and had no problems dipping. They were devoured by my daughters and friends. Everyone rated them better than store bought. I will definitely be making them again.
  3. Catherine
    Just made these today and I'm sorry to say they are inedible. The smell and the flavor of the sweetened condensed milk is absolutely overwhelming. The first bite actually made me nauseous. These taste nothing like the cool peppermint flavor I was expecting and I am so disappointed. :(((

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