I mentioned earlier that I love peppermint. Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cake is an amazing treat, but (hard to believe, I know), it doesn't exactly travel well and it's not the easiest thing to tie up in a bow and give away to loved ones as a gift. This, however, is the perfect solution for that. Please take a minute amongst the holiday madness to whip up a batch of these, sink your teeth into the soft chocolate-y, minty goodness, and let out a good sigh. Your body will thank you. Then give the rest to friends and tell them to do the same thing.
Recipe from Savory Sweet Life
Makes 32 patties
1 can of condensed milk
5 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tablespoon peppermint extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons shortening
Add condensed milk, 2 cups powdered sugar, and peppermint extract to a large mixing bowl. Mix everything on medium speed until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add more powdered sugar, one half cup at a time, until the dough is pliable, like firm modeling clay.
Roll 3/4" balls of dough between the palms of the hands and set on a flat cutting board or baking sheet covered with wax paper. When all balls have been laid out, press each one lightly to flatten into a disc shape. Transfer the peppermint discs to the freezer for no longer than 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, temper the chocolate coating.
Place chocolate chips in a microwafe-safe bowl. Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments, making sure to stir after each time, until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in shortening to thin the chocolate and remove patties from the freezer.
Place a patty on the tines of a fork and dip in the chocolate until completely covered. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the patty before setting on top of wax or parchment paper. Allow the peppermint patties to completely set up. This can be quickened by placing patties in the fridge. The peppermint patties are ready when they are dry to the touch.