This is the third Halloween candy recipe in a three-part series cooked up by Ali of Alexandra Schweitzer Events! In the past two weeks, she’s shared her recipes for 3-ingredient fudge and her creepy good caramels. This week, she’s making her scrumptious homemade peppermint patties.

Hi, Ali again! So, here is the long-awaited recipe for Homemade Peppermint Patties. They are so tasty to eat and incredibly easy to make! For those of you that made it through caramel making 101 this one is going to be a breeze. You’ll think “she saved the best for last” – these really are that super fabulous!

Homemade Peppermint Patties
Prep and cook time: Less than 30 minutes

1 can sweetened condensed milk
6 cups powdered sugar, sifted and divided
1 Tbsp peppermint extract
4-5 drops each orange, green and purple food coloring (optional)
1 pound candy-making chocolate (alternately, you can use 3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 3 Tbsp of shortening)

Stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment – if you donʼt have one you can use a hand mixer, or mix by hand with a wooden spoon (that will help with the muscle building for sure!)
Double boiler or a heatproof bowl set on top of a pan of boiling water
Jelly roll pan
Parchment paper


{1.} Combine the condensed milk, 3 cups of the powdered sugar, and the peppermint extract in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer. Mix everything on medium speed using the paddle attachment until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add the rest of the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is stiff but still pliable.

{2.} If using the food coloring, evenly divide your dough into 3 equal sections.

{3.} Place a different color of food coloring into each section of dough and knead the coloring into the dough. The more color you use the more intense the shading will be.

{4.} Roll 1/2″ balls of dough between the palms of your hands.

5. Press each ball down slowly and set each flattened disk on a flat parchment-lined jelly roll pan. Put the jelly roll pan in the freezer for no longer than 30 minutes. While the peppermint disks are chilling, prepare the chocolate coating.

6. Set up your double boiler (or place a heat-safe bowl over a pan full of boiling water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the water). Melt the candy-making chocolate over the double boiler following the package directions. Or, if you are using chocolate chips and shortening, melt the chocolate chips and then stir in the shortening.

7. Remove the patties from the freezer.

{8.} Pick up a patty and dip it halfway into the chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off the patty before setting each one onto parchment paper.

9. Allow the chocolate-coated peppermint patties to completely set up. (You can speed up the process by placing the patties in the refrigerator.) The peppermint patties are ready when they are dry to the touch.


Bonus idea!
Color the batch of dough red, roll it into 1/4 inch balls, and leave them in a ball shape. Coat each ball completely in chocolate, then bag them up and call them Vampire Bites! When a “vampire” bites into the ball it will be blood red!

Ali of Alexandra Schweitzer Events is a party planner in the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin area. In the past, she’s also shared her tips for an easy DIY Photo Booth set-up and her recipes for 3-ingredient homemade fudge and creepy good caramels.


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