Peppermint Patties (the real food way!)

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I found this recipe for home-made junior mints and was instantly inspired to create peppermint patties, a favorite of mine since childhood.  I remember buying the silver packages of York at the store and immediately eating one and putting another in the freezer for a chilly peppermint treat later.  Now, decades later, I no longer eat candy with GMO ingredients and unhealthy chemicals.  This recipe for peppermint patties uses real organic ingredients, it super easy and produces some pretty impressive results.  These treats even passed the picky hubby test and were a big hit at a 4th of July barbeque and made an excellent little hostess gift.

Ingredients:

¼ cup Coconut Butter

¼ cup Coconut Oil

2 Dark Chocolate Bars

1/3 cup Raw Honey

½ – ¾ tsp. Peppermint extract

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Prep:

Blend coconut butter, oil raw honey and peppermint extract in a food processor.  Be sure to get any lumps out.  Once the mixture is smooth, allow it to firm up in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes.  While the mixture is cooling off, melt the chocolate bars on medium heat in a double boiler.  I don’t have a double boiler, but made one just fine using 2 different sizes of pots on my stove.

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Drop tbsp. sized scoops onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and gently press them down to make the “patty”.

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Next, spoon the melted chocolate mixture onto the patties.  As the chocolate coats the paper, you can move them around to coat both sides.

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Once the patties are coated, pop them back in the freezer for ten minutes.  And you are done!  Store these in a container in your refrigerator, or freezer if you are like me and love them as a frozen treat.

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I cut out small squares of parchment paper to layer in between each patty, then wrapped them in cellophane and added some festive ribbon for a simple and homemade hostess gift.  Let me know if you come up with any good variations, I am considering doing some in white chocolate! ~Carmen

(This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday, Party Wave Wednesday Read Food Wednesday the Weekend Whatever at A Joyful Mother)

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