Friday, July 13, 2012

Four-Ingredient Peppermint Patties

So, let's get something straight right now: EVERY AWESOME RECIPE SHOULD HAVE ONLY FOUR INGREDIENTS.  Let's push Congress to pass that law, pronto.

The blogger over at She Wears Many Hats is responsible for this 'you-can't-eat-too-many-or-you'll-go-into-sugar-shock' recipe... go give her a visit, she wears many hats.  And now, let's pig out.

You'll need four ingredients, as per Congressional law.  Gather up powdered sugar, cream cheese, peppermint extract and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Take four ounces of cream cheese and let it soften.  Throw it in your mixer and combine it with the peppermint extract and about a pound of powdered sugar.  That was half the bag and it was pretty easy to eyeball when it was right... it needs to be a bit dough-like.

OK, here's where we're going to work fast.  Take a baking sheet and line it with wax paper or parchment paper.  Take a little of the mixture, I used about a tablespoon or so at a time, and roll it up into a ball.

Put it on your wax paper and press the backside of a tablespoon into it to make a dent.

Keep going until you've used up all the mixture.  If you aren't too quick, the mixture will dry out a bit.  The original blogger says to keep a damp towel over the mixing bowl while you're working to keep that from happening, but I was able to do it pretty quickly so that wasn't a big deal for me.  Just be wary.

Also, at this point, your hands will smell like peppermints.

So, here they are:

Pretty maids, all in a row.

Throw this into the fridge for a couple of hours until they get a bit more firm.  Once that happens, take them out and melt one cup of your chocolate.

Put your chocolate into a piping bag or ziploc bag and pipe it into the peppermints.

Oh, brother.  Throw these into the fridge to let the chocolate harden up a bit.  I found it was easiest to eat these at room temperature so the chocolate was easier to bite into.  As if I wouldn't have eaten it anyway.

So. Good.

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  1. Yum! I have got to try these!!!

  2. My kind of recipes... only 4 ingredients! LOL!

  3. I love seeing what recipes you are trying...and, of course, appreciating you use brands I use as well. And, I love that you recommend room temperature to make the eating of the chocolate easier. You are always looking out for us :)

  4. WHERE'S THE PETITION??? YAY I am on bored 4 ingredients you got it pass that law!! See this is why I just adore you and your blog the way you give recipes I can get what it needs to be step by step thank you for this and now I am ready for my sugar overload!!

  5. These look awesome! Must try to make these pronto.

  6. Silly me...but couldn't you replace the chocolate chips (which need to be melted and piped) with Hershey's Kisses? Still swapping just 1 ingredient for 1 but you could just plop 'em on there?

    1. That is a really great idea... they even have those peppermint-flavored ones around the holidays for extra minty-ness. Great idea, thanks for sharing!


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