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Peppermint Patties


Peppermint Patties

These homemade peppermint patties make beautiful dairy-free gifts.

© 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

These candies are fun to make, and they make beautiful gifts. When melting the dairy-free chocolate, using a candy thermometer is really helpful; if your chocolate heats to over 94 F, your patties will still be delicious but won't have that signature candy "snap."

Makes about 24 patties

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup dairy-free plain almond milk or soy milk
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 t. peppermint extract
  • 2 T. Egg Replacer powder mixed with 2 T. hot water
  • About 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) dark dairy-free chocolate chips


1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the almond or soy milk, granulated sugar and peppermint extract and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is slightly syrupy, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. In a large mixing bowl using and electric handmixer, blend 2 cups of the confectioners sugar, the almond milk-sugar mixture and the Egg Replacer, beating for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture resembles a thick icing. Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in the the remaining confectioners sugar until the mixture is very thick, resembling a sticking dough. Press the mixture into a disc and wrap well between two pieces of wax paper. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

3. Remove the mixture from the freezer and, using your hands, create small 1-2" balls. Press the balls into patties, place on a sheet lined with wax paper, and return to the freezer for 30 minutes.

4. In a double boiler or a stainless steel bowl set over a pan of boiling water, melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is about 90-92 F. (If you have no thermometer, the chocolate should be warm to the touch, glossy and smooth.) Working quickly, drop one of the patties into the chocolate mixture, turn over once with a wooden spoon, and remove from the bowl by sliding a fork beneath the patty, shaking off the excess chocolate and returning it to the wax paper-lined sheet. Repeat until all patties are coated. Let patties cool until set and serve.

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