Homemade Peppermint Patties

Although I do not eat candy very often, I have been known to grab me a peppermint patty a time or two at the checkout lane.  Chocolate and peppermint.  Enough said.  
So, I found this recipe from The Sunny Patch on Pinterest.  It looked pretty yummy and if there weren’t a lot of ingredients I knew it just might work for our tight grocery budget.  I must say that it does take a whole lot of powdered sugar, but it also makes quite a bit and powdered sugar won’t break the bank.  
The results were absolutely amazing!  So amazing that I thought I would share my tidbit of info with you on this recipe.
9 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 8 ounce bar cream cheese
1 tsp peppermint extract (or more, to taste – up to 1 Tablespoon)
2 packages chocolate chips (you might need part of a third bag)
1-2 Tbsp shortening, optional

Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
Combine the first three ingredients and mix well.  I used 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract because I really like the minty taste to stand out when combined with chocolate.
Notice below that the mixture is really crumbly and I thought it wasn’t going to form into balls, but it did with some hand muscle.  My husband and I formed them into balls, then flattened them with the palm of our hands.  We used about a tablespoon for each patty. They aren’t perfect flat balls like the kind you see in the store.  But, who cares right?
Lay them on the cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two.  If you are like me, impatient at times when it comes to chocolate, chill in the freezer for less time.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler with the shortening.  I used coconut oil.  The oil will keep the chocolate harder when cooled.  Take out your patties, remove the chocolate from the heat but keep it in the double boiler so that it will not cool too quickly. 
Use two forks to pick up the patties and dip in the chocolate.  I turn them around gently to coat them.  When each patty is all covered, put them back on the cookie sheet.  I did not need to reheat the chocolate, but you might need to, depending on how quickly it cools.
Put the patties back in the fridge or freezer to cool the chocolate.  Once the chocolate is hardened, they are ready.  I was quite satisfied with the turnout of these delicious patties!
Hey, a farm girl has got to have her peppermint patties every now and again.  Now I can make my own!  Plus, they really are better than what you get in the store!