Homemade Peppermint Patties


My family loves peppermint patties! I make them from scratch every year — it wouldn't be Christmas without them!

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
28 patties

With this homemade peppermint pattie recipe, you'll never want to buy the store-bought stuff again!

What Is a Peppermint Pattie?

Peppermint patties feature a creamy peppermint filling encased in a hard chocolate shell. York Peppermint Patties were invented in 1920 and are still made by The Hershey Company today. This peppermint pattie recipe is a homemade twist on the candy aisle classic.

Peppermint Patties Ingredients

These are the five ingredients you'll need to make this crowd-pleasing peppermint pattie recipe:

· Sweetened condensed milk: The creamy filling starts with a can of sweetened condensed milk.
· Peppermint extract: A little bit of peppermint extract goes a long way!
· Confectioners' sugar: Confectioners' sugar sweetens things up and dissolves easily into the filling.
· Chocolate chips: This recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips, but you can use milk or dark chocolate if you'd prefer.
· Shortening: Shortening is added to the melted chocolate to create the perfect consistency. It also adds welcome shine.

How to Make Peppermint Patties

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these peppermint patties:

1. Make the filling: Combine the condensed milk and extract. Gradually add the sugar. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Flatten to form patties and let dry.
2. Make the coating: Melt the chocolate and the shortening together on the stove. Dip the patties into the chocolate, one at a time. Chill the peppermint patties in the refrigerator until set.

Tip: You can use the fork to make a little swirl on top of the chocolate for a prettier presentation.

How to Store Peppermint Patties

Store the peppermint patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator (with wax paper between each layer) for one to two weeks.

Can You Freeze Peppermint Patties?

Yes! You can freeze peppermint patties for up to one year. Arrange the chocolate-covered patties on a baking sheet and freeze for a few hours or up to overnight. When they're frozen, you can transfer them to zip-top storage bags or another freezer-safe container. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Spectacular," raves tangerine jellybean. "Beautiful and elegant, tasted just like the real thing, right down to the texture of the mint filling. The only difference is that you can pile on as much chocolate as you like."

"These seem to get easier every time I make them," says Kathryn. "I let mine dry for about 3 hours and that seemed to prevent them falling apart when dipping."

"These turned out great," according to Naomi Agostino. "It was cold out when I made them, in the low 20s, so I stuck them outside to dry and chill a little before dipping them. This worked out great because it gave them some extra stiffness when dipping them in the chocolate."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 2 teaspoons shortening


  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

  2. Combine condensed milk and peppermint extract in a large mixing bowl; beat in enough confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, to form a stiff dough that is no longer sticky.

  3. Form peppermint mixture into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper; flatten with fingers to form patties. Let patties dry at room temperature for two hours, turning once.

  4. Stir chocolate and shortening in a medium saucepan over low heat until melted; remove from heat. Dip patties, one at a time, into chocolate by laying them on the tines of a fork and lowering the fork into the chocolate mixture; tap the fork on the edge of the pan to shake off excess. Slide the patties back onto the waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator until set.


You can use the fork to make a little swirl on top of the chocolate for a prettier presentation.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
7g Fat
33g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 28
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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