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Winter Cool Peppermint Patties For Valentines Day

I thought i’d revisit my most popular post of 2012 and add pink food color and heart shaped cut outs, for Valentines Day! 

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
2 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
2 Tbsp Water
3/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
Pinch of Salt
1 1/2 Tbsp Shortening
around 1/4 cup Confectioners Sugar for kneading/Dusting
1 – 12 ounce bag Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

DIRECTIONS:

Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the sugar, corn syrup, water,  peppermint extract, shortening, a pinch of salt until combined.

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Remove and knead by hand on counter, incorporating more confectioner’s sugar as you go.

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Roll out between two pieces of parchment paper dusted with more sugar. When flattened to about 1/4 inch, place in freezer for at least 2 hours.

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Remove from freezer and cut into circles. You can use a small round cookie cutter, you want to cut about 1 inch across. You don’t want then too small or too large.  1 to 1 1/2 inches is perfect.

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Once all of the filling has been cut, place on baking sheet and return to freezer for another hour. Scraps can be re-rolled and cut until all filling is used.

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While filling is freezing, prepare your melted chocolate. Place chips in a bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth and shiny. If you are using chocolate in a bar form, you will want to temper the chocolate. I attached the link for

How to temper chocolate  http://wp.me/p2Gx3m-bz

When rounds are frozen , note; they won’t get solid remove when you are ready to dip. Use a fork to dip the rounds in the melted chocolate, and place on parchment to dry. If chocolate gets difficult to work with, return it to the microwave and reheat for 10 seconds.

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When all are finished, place the cookie sheet in the fridge and leave for a few hours, until chocolate hardens.

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Store leftovers in the fridge, sealed in a container and separated by wax paper.

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About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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