Christmas baking is one of those things that I remember from when I was a kid! It was something my mom would always do and enlist my sisters and I to help! It was a tradition, like putting up the tree and reading the Christmas story out of the Bible on Christmas Eve. Something I always looked forward to and enjoyed!!
She would then, after we had completed all the baking for the day, divvy up all the treats on little platter plates and wrap them up so nicely for our neighbors and friends. Even the mailman got one- as a Merry Christmas gift and a thank you for delivering our mail all year long!
We’d set out to deliver them, ringing door bells and wishing our neighbor friends a very Merry Christmas!
This is something I’ve always remembered and have always tried to do… its just not “Christmas” without a baking day and delivering! However, here on the ridge… we don’t have many neighbors… so we find plenty of people to pass out our goodies too!
One of my very good friends have come over the last 2 years and we’ve done our baking together- which makes it even that much more fun! We get to share recipe’s, stories and even more…. laughs! It’s truly a time I look forward to.
So this year we tried new candies- and lots of them- but one of my very favorites was the peppermint patties I made! And I’ve made them a few time since- they’re just as delicious as the first time! I found a recipe for these online and decided to tweak them… a lot… like I usually do 😂 however, my tweaking paid off and they were to die for!!!!
The fresh pop of peppermint… along with the creamy chocolate outside… I mean, what can be better!! These bad boys were an indulgence like none other.
But what was the best part? They’re SO EASY! There wasn’t anything fancy needed (no candy thermometer or even stove top!) just grab your microwave and make sure there’s room in your freezer!
I started out with peppermint candies- some recipes, If you look it up, will say peppermint extract… I wanted more of a flavor AND a crunch. I didn’t just want the extract taste. I’ve also watched enough “food network” for them to say “I can taste that extract you put in there- it’s so artificial tasting” 😂 so I opted to try my hand at the actual candies- it actually worked out better than I expected and I personally will always do it this way.
I unwrapped each candy- put them in a gallon bag and then crushed them into find pieces with my rolling pin!
How much you get here is totally up to you- you can use a lot or a little- I didn’t have quite enough to fill my 2/3 cup but was almost there. That’s what I used this go around. Last time I used 1/2 a cup. I didn’t notice any difference in the peppermint taste- it might have allowed me to make a few more, but I also rolled these a bit smaller and flatter 🙂 so you have some flexibility in this recipe- which is my favorite!
Next you put them in a bowl with your measured out coconut oil and honey!
Pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften the oil a tad bit and combine it all together. Then throw it in the freezer for 20 mins or until it’s pretty solid. You don’t want to get it too hard… however if you do- don’t worry. Just let it sit out for a few minutes and it will start to soften up!!
After you’ve got it pretty solid you’ll want to take your spoon and break it up then using your hands roll it in balls and flatten it into disks – put them on a plate and get ready to put back in the freezer! This time it’s not as important to remember them- if you end up forgetting, that’s ok! They’re already in disks! If you’re more in a rush, just wait until they’re nice and chilled again so you can dip them in the chocolate.
You’ll want to mix your dark chocolate (or semi sweet whichever you prefer- sometimes I even mix them!) with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil because it helps the chocolate not to seize up￼. Then dip your little disks in and flip them around insuring they’re completely covered!
Place them on a foiled lined baking sheet to dry and set up- once they are, which doesn’t take long, you’re ready to dig in!!!!!
I hope you love these as much as I did! The crunch and cooling sensation from the peppermint candies inside with the creamy chocolate outside was just divine! I had to stop myself from eating the whole plate full!!!
Is this something you’ve tried? Would you try them? I’d love to hear what you think!!!
🎄Merry Christmas from our little house on the ridge- I can’t believe it’s already been a year of writing this little blog (and you reading it!!) Thank you so much for coming alongside me in life, motherhood, gluten free and everything else that might pop to mind. I appreciate you reading, and sharing in my blog- it means so much to me, it really does! I hope you have the merriest of Christmas’ with your family and that the peace that only Jesus can bring finds you and fills you this Christmas season, and all year long! ❤️
Homemade GLUTEN FREE Peppermint Patties
1 cup of coconut oil
4 tablespoons of honey
2/3 cup of peppermint candies (crushed)
1 package of dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Microwave the coconut oil for 30 seconds to soften and then combine the honey and crushed peppermint candies in a bowl.
Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or until hardened enough to scoop out into balls
Form balls and then flatten into disks- then pop back into the freezer for 15-20 minutes until hardened.
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your chocolate and melt in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
Dip your disks into the chocolate and place onto a foiled sheet pan to set up