Chocolate Pumpkin Patties

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Have you ever made homemade Peppermint Patties?  I did for the first time last year, and man are they easy.  And SO delicious.  Because of my great love for these delectable palate cleansers, I decided to give them a fun twist!

Chocolate Pumpkin Patties


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups powder sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin extract*
  • McCormicks Red Food Coloring
  • McCormicks Yellow Food Coloring
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons shortening


  1. Place sweetened condensed milk, powder sugar, 6 drops of McCormicks red food coloring, 9 drops of McCormicks yellow food coloring, and pumpkin extract into mixer.
  2. Start on slow and let all ingredients blend together. If mixer seems to struggle, you can go up one speed. Once powder sugar is mostly incorporated you can increase speed until mixture is fully combined.
  3. Take a heaping tablespoon and roll it into a ball. Place on baking sheet. My baking sheet fit about 24.
  4. Take a glass and press each ball down into a flat disc.
  5. Do this to all the pumpkin mixture and then place in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
  6. Place semi-sweet chocolate into a microwave safe container and melt chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring well after each 30-second interval. When chocolate is mostly melted (some chunks can remain) add in shortening. Place back in microwave for 15-30 seconds.
  7. Remove one tray of pumpkin discs from freezer. Place one disc on fork and dip into thin chocolate mixture. Let excess chocolate fall back into bowl and then place chocolate covered pumpkin disc on parchment lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes (or an hour at room temperature) and enjoy!
  8. *Purchased Pumpkin Extract from King Arthur Flour

I adapted my recipe from the brilliant Alice at Savory Sweet Life.

When I decided to make these with a pumpkin flavor, I didnt realize that pumpkin extract wasnt readily available.  While I did find two sources that had it, only one had excellent customer service and quality of product.

That was King Arthur Flour.  This is not your mama’s extract, and really pacts a punch!  They recommend using 1/8 to 1/4 tsp in baking and I totally agree.

For as easy as these are to make, you would not believe how decadent they taste.

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  1. lynn says

    I am entering your chocolate cake with ganache and pumpkin whip cream frosting in a contest tomorrow. I will let you know how it turns out!

  2. Charlotte says

    Oh my! Thank you so much for the great recipe! So fast and easy to make… I made those with almond extract instead of pumpkin extract… and they were YUMMY! (notice the past tense…) I love your blog! :)

  3. says

    Because I’ve just my 59th move in 59yrs. (*married to a preacher/coach and my dad was a preacher) I’m just too tired to decorate our home we just moved into 4 months ago. So, I’m headed straight to Christmas. I gave my beautiful 9 1/2ft. Christmas tree away, so found a little white naked tree at Goodwill for $6. So here I am in an unfinished house w/company coming Sunday and then it will be a steady stream of company for the Holidays. I just found your website and LOVE it.
    My ?Question:
    I would LOVE to make these peppermint patties for Christmas but would love the inside to be red and have a kick to them. Any suggestions????
    I’m looking for easy (bt look expensive and elegant) recipes for the Holidays.
    Any suggestions???
    Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas with us.
    Wishing you a blessed Season where we celebrate our Lord!


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