I know this is too early for some of you, but I stress out if I don't get my Christmas plans solidified now.
I'm thinking of giving homemade cookbooks as gifts this year along with a food item. This is one recipe (Perfect Peppermint Patties) I am considering.
I made a trial run of these last night. I only made half a recipe. They are excellent!!! The filling is very creamy and minty and the coating is going to depend on the quality of chocolate you use. These are just awesome!
I did have a problem with the filling being too soft while dipping and I think that I made them too thin. So, next time I make them I will mix up the filling and let it sit in the freezer overnight before forming into balls. And, I'll be more careful on how thin I make the filling patties.
In going through my recipes for Christmas, I can see that I make more candy than cookies. Some of the ones that we enjoy making are:
Chocolate Cherry Cordias
Chocolate Covered Almonds
Various fudges - (double layer, Bailey's Irish Cream, Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch, Triple Chocolate Marble, Triple Chocolate Cherry, Cookies and Cream, etc.)
Festive Christmas Bark
What are your favorites??
Here's the recipe:
* Exported from MasterCook *
Perfect Peppermint Patties
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Serving Size : 60 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Candies To Try
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 Pound Confectioner's Sugar
3 Tbsp Butter Or Margarine -- softened
2 Tsp Peppermint Extract -- (2 to 3)
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Evaporated Milk
12 Ounces Semisweet Chocolate Chips -- (2 cups)
2 Tbsp Shortening
In a bowl, combine first four ingredients. Add milk and mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill for 20 minutes. Flatten with a glass to 1/4 in.; chill for 30 minutes. In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Dip patties; place on waxed paper to harden.
Yield: about 5 dozen.
Once dipped, these can be frozen.
"Taste of Home Dec. 1994"
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