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Chocolate Pumpkin Patties

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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
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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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Peppermint Patties

I adore peppermint patties and never knew I could make them at home!

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That and the fact that I am pregnant and want easy, premade snacks for guests visiting the baby and it was a sure thing that they would be prepared.

I am trying to save some for the big day, but its tough. They are GOOD!

It truly is easy and fun!

Peppermint Patties

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 10-12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use mini)

Instructions

  1. Beat 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, shortening, and a pinch of salt using a stand mixer (with paddle attachment) at medium speed until just combined. Knead on a work surface dusted with remaining 1/4 cup confectioners sugar until smooth.
  2. Roll mixture out between sheets of parchment paper on a large baking sheet.
  3. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Remove top sheet of paper and sprinkle round with confectioners sugar. Replace top sheet, then flip round over and repeat sprinkling on other side.
  4. Cut out as many rounds as possible with cutter, transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, gather scraps, reroll, and freeze, then cut out more rounds, freezing them.
  5. Temper chocolate and coat filling:
  6. Melt chocolate in medium microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Remove and stir, looking to see if all chocolate has melted. If not, return to microwave in 15 second increments until chocolate is melted.
  7. Balance 1 peppermint round on a fork and submerge in melted chocolate, letting excess drip off and scraping back of fork against rim of bowl if necessary, then return patty to cookie sheet. Coat remaining rounds, reheating chocolate if necessary.
  8. Chill patties for about 1 hour before serving.
  9. Store in an air tight container, making sure patties are separated with wax or parchment paper.
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This recipe is just barely adapted from epicurious.

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However, one thing I did want to do was to personalize them.

So I decided to get some blue candy melts in honor of this soon-to-be-here baby boy!

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I also made some into stick form.

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These are actually for a bridal party! What a fun and inexpensive and beautiful way to have personalized mints for favors.

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Both versions taste delicious… and I cant wait to make these for Easter and Thanksgiving and Christmas and birthdays and Tuesdays! ;)

I hope you will try these and fall in love with this simple snack as much as I have!