Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe

Homemade Peppermint Patties are better than any other peppermint patty I have ever tasted. It's the perfect amount of chocolate and mint. You will love these.

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.

what is the best way to dip candies?

Dipping candies can be difficult, but here are a few tips, that will make it a breeze.

Tip 1: Make sure your candy centers are completely frozen. You will want to be sure they aren’t gooey, because the chocolate you are dipping them in is going to be hot, and will melt the candy centers.

Tip 2: We recommend freezing the candy centers on a wax paper lined, cookie sheet.

Tip 3: Once frozen, heat up the chocolate, and stir continually, to ensure that it doesn’t dry up.

Tip 4: Get a plastic fork, and remove the two middle prongs of the fork, so it is only the two outside prongs.

Place the frozen patty in the middle, so the prongs are holding it up. Dip in the chocolate. Flip, and remove from the chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip off.

Tip 5: Place on aluminum foil or wax paper. Let cool completely. We recommend refrigerating or freezing them. They are delicious frozen.

what is the best way to store these peppermint patties?

These peppermint patties save well. If you are making them a week in advance, we recommend keeping them in an airtight container, and placing them in the fridge.

However, if you are making them for longer than a week in advance, I would place them in an airtight container, and put them in the freezer.

Remove them from the freezer 24 hours before serving them, unless you are wanting to serve them frozen, which is also delicious.

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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 chips 
  • 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!).
  5. Remove chocolate from heat.
  6. Dip patties, one at a time, into chocolate by laying them on the tines of a fork and lowering the fork into the liquid.
  7. 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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26 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. :(((
  4. I made these tonight and can’t wait to try them - they’re drying on the counter right now and I don’t know if I can wait much longer! The whole process was easy but I used the whole can of sweetened condensed milk so I wouldn’t have leftover. Then I added extra powdered sugar and extra extract. I think next time I will add even more extract - I like them a little more pepperminty (is that even a word?). They do look tasty...mmm.....
  5. Update: I put these in the fridge to harden and tried one today. OMG....they are incredible! They taste exactly like the York patties, so I will never buy them again. So easy to make, no preservatives and other chemicals, and cheaper than buying them all the time. I can’t thank you enough for giving up the very easy and awesome recipe!!

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