Heart-Shaped Peppermint Patties

February 2, 2009 · 75 comments · Print This Post

in Desserts, Holidays / Entertaining

Heart-Shaped Peppermint Patties

Before the question is even posed I’ll just go ahead and tell you that, yes, these do taste eerily similar to York Peppermint Patties. The recipe is incredibly simple and also incredibly sticky.  I’ve thoroughly wiped my island down three times since making the candy on Sunday morning and it still has some sort of bizarre hybrid layer of powdered sugar and cornstarch on it that refuses to go away. I guess I’ll just leave that stubborn mess to the house elves and hope for the best.

The challenging part of this recipe is the actual dipping of the candy. I thought and pondered and researched online for the best way to obtain the tidiest chocolate covered silhouettes that I could. I probably should have invested in some dipping tools, but luckily I discovered that a simple dinner fork and a little patience worked surprisingly well. A combination of speed, cleanliness, and very well chilled patties also helped my candy coated cause immensely. Of course, my hearts are far from perfect, but I think they’re still a tasty gift to make for the special people in your life. Set a plateful of these chilly treats in front of that certain someone and I’m sure they’ll think of an equally creative way to thank you.

Heart-Shaped Peppermint Patties

Heart-Shaped Peppermint Patties
Loosely adapted from the York Peppermint Patties recipe published in More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur
Yields 4 dozen hearts

1 egg white
4 cups powdered sugar (plus more for kneading and rolling; approximately 1-2 cups)
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil or extract
Cornstarch for dusting
24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 bar edible paraffin wax such as Gulf Wax or 2 tablespoons of shortening (Erin’s Note: Please see below re: Gulf Wax )

In a medium bowl, beat the egg white until frothy but not stiff. Don’t use a plastic bowl for this.

Slowly add the powdered sugar while blending with an electric mixer set on medium speed. (Erin’s Note: The mixture will be extremely sticky and you will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl repeatedly).

Add the corn syrup and peppermint oil or extract and knead the mixture with your hands until it has the smooth consistency of dough. Add more powdered sugar if necessary, until mixture is no longer sticky. (Erin’s Note: I added approximately a cup of additional powdered sugar during the kneading process).

Using a surface and rolling pin heavily dusted with cornstarch, roll out the peppermint dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Punch out circles of peppermint dough with a small heart-shaped cutter. When you have cut out as many shapes as your dough allows, pull the sides together, knead back into a ball (adding more powdered sugar if necessary) and roll out the dough again. Repeat until you have used all of the peppermint dough. Place the hearts on plates or silpat lined cookie sheets, and let them firm up in the refrigerator, about 45 minutes.

Melt the chocolate chips and paraffin wax in a double boiler over medium heat until smooth. Reduce the heat to low.

To Coat (Erin’s Note: This is the method that worked best for me):  Drop a heart patty into the chocolate and coat completely using a dinner fork. Lift the coated patty from the chocolate, being careful to have the heart’s point facing towards the outer tips of the tines. Gently tap the forks against the bowl to knock off the excess chocolate. Place your finger on the backside of the heart  and carefully slide the patty onto a silpat lined cookie sheet. Try to do this in once smooth and controlled motion. Extra movements will smear the chocolate and create additional edging on your hearts. (Erin’s Note: You can also use wax paper, but I’ve found that the chocolate tends to stick to the paper). Very Important: Be sure to clean your fingers and the fork between each dipping to ensure a smooth and clean heart quality.

Chill the peppermint patties until firm, about 30 minutes. They are absolutely delicious straight from the freezer.

Re Gulf Wax: I’ve always found the brand of wax that I use “Gulf Wax” in the baking aisle or in the section where they sell canning jars, lids and pectin. You can probably find it at hardware stores too. If you do a google search I’m sure you can find it online. For zillions of years people have used it in their chocolates (your mothers and grandmothers). It doesn’t mention anything about chocolates on the packaging though so I guess use it at your own risk. If you look online there are people both for and against the use of wax in food. But I personally never grew a third eye or anything. If it makes you uncomfortable, you can also simply add a few tablespoons of shortening to your melted chocolate and you’ll have a similar result.

Heart-Shaped Peppermint Patties

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melanie February 2, 2009 at 7:20 am

Those look really good!


2 Jenna February 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

Thanks for the dipping tips. I think I’m going to have to try to make this for my husband for V-day.


3 wummy February 2, 2009 at 8:12 am

The patties look perfect. Bet they taste better then York’s peppermint patties!!!


4 Amanda February 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

These are adorable, Erin! I wish you could send mini packages out via an Etsy shop or something. Make some dough for your little hearts 🙂


5 RecipeGirl February 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

Love these!! So cute.


6 carrie February 2, 2009 at 10:05 am

mmmm.. I must have a defective gene that makes me find mint and chocolate together not very tasty. YET.. the one and only kind of mint/chocolate combos I CAN eat are york patties and junior mints. I dunno. so for sure I’ll try these. (maybe it’s a subliminal hate against green mint?)

I’m looking at this recipe and already thinking how I’d love to flip it up and use coconut extract and some shredded coconut a-la Mounds. though that might make for bumpy looking hearts. and would you believe I STILL can’t find parrafin? I’m going to check trader joe’s or michael’s next.

good post! and thanks for all the extra tips today!


7 Grace February 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

These look perfect and delicious (as usual)!


8 meg February 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

These look yummy and quite adorable!


9 geeky February 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Oh, these are so cute and yummy looking!


10 Hillary February 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

They look so perfect – not a single flaw!


11 sharon February 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Wow, these are absolutely adorable! Too bad I’m the one who loves York patties in our relationship. I suppose I could make these for myself for Valentine’s Day 🙂

Seriously, fantastic job!


12 Donna February 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

OOOHH!! How perfect they look. My husband loves York peppermint Patties, I will have to try these for him. Thanks, Erin!!


13 PaniniKathy February 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm

How lovely! You always make the best-looking tasty treats 🙂


14 Lindsey February 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

These look so good! You could have fooled me that you had issues at first dipping them!

As for the house elves, do you have a bench scraper (or dough scraper)? I find that the metal ones work wonders with that mess that just won’t come up (I use it on my butcher board counter top for getting excess dough off).


15 snooky doodle February 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

how cute! these are ideal for Valentine. Good I discovered your blog. it’s so nice 🙂


16 Hänni February 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Aren’t those just precious, just like you?


17 Sara February 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm

These are just beautiful, what a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. I love peppermint patties.


18 Monica H February 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm

They’re so pretty! What a wonderful little gift for Valentine’s Day!


19 Erin February 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm

You’ve really outdone yourself this time. They look PERFECT. Yum!


20 kristina February 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

They look pretty perfect to me! K x


21 Elyse February 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I must say, your dipping efforts paid off! Your candies turned out beautifully, and I just happen to adore the combination of mint and chocolate. Can’t wait to try these! (Once the house elves finish at your place, do you think they’d mind stopping by mine?)


22 Diana February 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Oh wow, that looks sooooo good! You can’t tell you had any problems/concerns with the coating – they look perfect! 🙂


23 ashley February 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

these are absolutely beautiful! they look truly fabulous!


24 A Boston Food Diary February 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

WOW! These are so cute! And I imagine-they are delicious!


25 dawn February 3, 2009 at 10:44 am

I will have to give these cuties a try–how wonderful!


26 (Fish) February 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

What does the paraffin wax add to the mix?
I’ve always just melted chocolate with a double boiler and poured it over my candies with pretty good results.

I’ve never dipped my candies before; sounds hard. If you had trouble with it, I’m certain I’ll be throwing my hands up in disgust in no time.


27 grace February 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

how frickin’ glorious! i adore, adore, adore peppermint patties and all things heart-shaped, so i’m extremely smitten with these. they’d totally be worth a little gunk on the counter. 🙂


28 Erin February 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

Fish – The wax acts as a stabilizer that combats melting and creates shine.


29 flutterbyblue February 3, 2009 at 11:22 am

these are adorable!!! thank you so much for sharing!


30 Carolyn Jung February 3, 2009 at 11:46 am

These are gorgeous! You’d win anyone’s heart over by presenting one of these to them.


31 Elizabeth February 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

OMG! heart shaped! I love peppermint patties soooo much. Those are delightful!


32 brilynn February 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Those look awesome!
I know I’d get so frustrated about half way through and wonder why I bothered. The dipping would drive me crazy.


33 Katie Fairbank February 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm

These look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them.


34 Mama Bear February 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm

These are gorgeous! I’m going to try my hand at them for my Mom – she loves peppermint patties!

On an unrelated note – yours is the second blog I’ve seen with the whole Welcome Tastespotter thing and I’m dying to know how you do it, as I submit to Tastespotting myself…would you be willing to share how you add that to your blog on Tastespotting posts? I’d be much appreciative!


35 Mama Bear February 3, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Ooops, my email addy was wrong in the previous post. It’s right now.


36 Chuck February 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Erin, these peppermint hearts look amazing. I love the fact that the chocolate isn’t perfect. It adds to the beauty of these chocolate. I love York Peppermint patties so, I’m looking forward to trying this.


37 Kristen February 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Erin those are absolutely beautiful! Wow!


38 Stephanie February 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Wow – these look amazing. Just stumbled across your site while browsing Foodgawker. I think I’ll be trying these for Valentine’s Day.

Also – truly great photos!


39 finsmom February 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Wow! These look incredible. I will have to bookmark these and put them on my “to make” list 🙂


40 Caterina February 3, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I’m definitely going to try these out, but one quick question before I proceed: I have used peppermint oil before and I’m pretty sure that it is far more concentrated than extract. Which did you use and how much,exactly?


41 Amy February 4, 2009 at 12:12 am

Wow! I love these. Beautiful picture too…


42 Kaitlyn February 4, 2009 at 12:24 am

wow, they look so perfect! great pics!


43 Andrea February 4, 2009 at 12:28 am

I’ve thought of trying to figure out a homemade peppermint patty recipe before, and I’m glad you’ve done it for me. They look amazing!


44 marilyn @ simmer till done February 4, 2009 at 12:31 am

Erin – these are adorable! I love that you’ve presented a sweet treat that’s both easy and elegant. Great job. 🙂


45 Gretchen Noelle February 4, 2009 at 5:54 am

These are just adorable! Love them!


46 Elyse February 4, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Erin! For fear of being redundant by commenting on this post twice, let me again say how wonderful your candies look! I love your blog, and I’m passing on an award to you. You can check it out by visiting my blog’s website (http://confectionarycreations.blogspot.com/).


47 High Plains Drifter February 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm

The thing I really like about this recipe is that some lucky cook gets to chow on the filling that’s left over after you cut out the hearts!!


48 Rebecca February 7, 2009 at 12:33 am

Hey! i don’t know if you’ll be able to help me with this, but i was a little confused with the paraffin wax stuff. I couldnt find any around here. I heard it could be sold in a jar too and stuff, so how could i measure out 1/2 bar? please help? Thanks so much! yours look wonderful!


49 Erin February 7, 2009 at 6:30 am

Rebecca – This is the type of wax that I use. It’s called “Gulf Wax.”


I’ve always been able to find it in the baking aisle of the grocery store but you can also buy it online. Just do a google search for “Gulf Wax.”


50 Summer February 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I just made these tonight. *I* am the one who likes mint. OMG. If they last I might share them.

Mine look nowhere near as perfect. I had a heck of a time dipping, then just decided I was okay with lumpiness. 🙂

But they are DELICIOUS. MMMMM.

Thank you!


51 inothernews February 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I wonder if you put lollipop sticks in the filling before dipping it if would not only help the dipping process but also make cute little pops!


52 Patrick February 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Okay, so I just made a batch of these. I was concerned that after adding the four cups of powdered sugar while mixing, it wasn’t quite as doughy as I wanted–it was really clumpy, actually, and wasn’t taking in all of the powdered sugar at first, but in the end they all pressed out okay. They’re in the fridge right now, and I’ll melt the (dark!) chocolate soon.

Thanks for the recipe!


53 Claire February 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I wish I liked peppermint patties – these look absolutely delicious!


54 kellypea April 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Okay, those have to be the cutest things I’ve ever seen. I’m generally not very good at the dipping thing, but clearly, you’re a pro.


55 Stripy Pixie Socks August 31, 2009 at 4:05 pm

For the lady above that doesn’t like chocolate and mint… you can make them in any flavour at all, I have made Vanilla, Lemon, Orange, Cherry, Rose flavoured ones, just swap out the mint for another good quality flavouring!

Personally I use a confectionery fork to dip the chocolates, alot easier as it only has two prongs and I don’t add waxes or shortening either, just very good chocolate.


56 Lily Allen December 11, 2009 at 9:37 pm

WOW. Yours look soooooo good! I made them with some bailey’s in the mix! Sooooooooo soooooooooooooo sooooooooooo YUMMY!


57 Erica December 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I just made these yesterday and they were a lot of work!! I had the same problem that the batter was super sticky and wasn’t taking the powdered sugar to make it more doughy. I ended up adding A LOT of additional powdered sugar. I had small christmas shaped cookie cutters that I used. They look super cute…they are still in the fridge so lets hope they taste as good as they look!!


58 Sarah January 28, 2010 at 1:43 am

thanks for the tips. i am sharing on my blog tomorrow!



59 Mom's Menu Planner November 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

These look really good! I’ve tried homemade peppermint patty candies before and they didn’t turn out. I will definitely try these! BTW – I’ve used Gulf Wax on my peanut butter balls for years and I haven’t grown any extra eyes either 😉 Thanks for sharing this great recipe!


60 Nicole February 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I bet coconut oil in place of the wax or shortening would work well for the coating, too!


61 Frieda February 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I LOVE peppermint patties, and even more when they are heart shaped! If I could save you and your readers some “dipping” frustration, you might want to check into using a candy mold instead. FAST & EASY. Candy molds come in all shapes and sizes (think peanut butter cups!) They are really inexpensive (usually .99 for a mold) and you “paint” the chocolate in the mold, let it set, and press your filling (if your filling is sticky, try refrigerating it for 2 hours), and cover with more chocolate from a squeeze bottle and freeze for 2 minutes to set. To see this process, check out my post here:


I will NEVER go back to dipping chocolates again. 🙂


62 Emily March 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I just recently made them and they turned out beautifully. One thing I would recommend is keeping the centers as thick as she shows in the pictures. I tried a thinner center and they were hard to dip. I would also use a small center for the same reason.


63 Cynthia October 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

This was my first attempt at candy making. After looking online at numerous recipes, yours seemed the best and I was right. The peppermint patties came out divine! I made a half recipe and used a 50 mg softgel capsule of natural oil of peppermint from the health food store as flavoring. I had no wax on hand, so I substitued about 1 tsp. of coconut oil and it worked quite well! Thank you for this recipe!


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