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Homemade Peppermint Patties & Peppermint Hot Cocoa

The following recipe was created in collaboration with Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry

Nothing tastes better on a cold winter night than HOT cocoa and peppermint! A warm cup of dark chocolate peppermint hot cocoa served with homemade peppermint patties. Double the chocolate, double the mint!

These no-bake peppermint patties and cocoa are made completely from scratch with just a few ingredients and coated in the dark chocolate.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

To make the patties, you’ll use an electric mixer to form the a dough-like filling, pour the filling onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and let it sit at room temperature for at least two hours to set.

Once set, roll the filling out with a rolling pin and, using a round cookie cutter, cut perfect patty circles. Chill the circles in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour or in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, then it’s time to dip!

This next step is easy and fun! Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler until it’s completely smooth. Remove the peppermint patties from the freezer and dip each one in the chocolate, or if you’re feeling a little lazy like me, you can pour the chocolate right over the patties instead of dipping them, saving about half the melted chocolate for the hot cocoa. Once all of the patties are coated in chocolate, place them back in the refrigerator or freezer for 30-45 minutes to let the chocolate fully harden.

Who would have thought that it could be this easy to make these timeless minty treats from scratch! Happy snacking and sipping!

Homemade Peppermint Patties and Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Homemade Peppermint Patties & Peppermint Hot Cocoa

18 Peppermint Patties


For the Peppermint Patties

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 ½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 3 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 12 oz. dark melting chocolate
  • Crushed candy canes, for topping

For the Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  • 8 oz. condensed milk
  • 8 oz. condensed milk
  • 12 oz. dark melting chocolate
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • Mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes, for topping


For the Peppermint Patties

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer, mix together the softened butter, light corn syrup and peppermint extract until fully combined.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing until the mixture starts to form a dough. This will take a few of minutes. Stop mixing once is becomes crumbly and use your hands to work the dough together.
  3. Dump the dough onto the piece of parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to ½-inch thick.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a circular cookie cutter, cut out pieces of dough and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheets with the cut-out peppermint patties in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  5. Once the patties are firm, add the chopped chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each increment, until completely melted and smooth.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Use a fork to dip each patty into the chocolate, tap off any excess chocolate into the bowl and carefully place back on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of them are coated. (Save about half of the melted chocolate for the hot cocoa.)
  7. Once all of the peppermint patties are coated in chocolate, dust them with crushed candy canes and place the baking sheets in the refrigerator or freezer for 30-45 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
  8. Serve as is or on add on top of a mountain of marshmallows in a cup of peppermint hot cocoa (see below).

For the Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  1. Add the remaining melted dark chocolate to a saucepan.
  2. Add the condensed milk and heat over medium-to-low heat. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Add the peppermint extract and almond milk and whisk together.
  4. Once it is well incorporated and hot, serve immediately with marshmallows, a dusting of crushed candy cane and homemade peppermint patties.

Homemade Peppermint Patties and Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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