Monday, January 9, 2012

Favorite Holiday Treat!

One of my favorite things about the holidays are the cookies!  I love to bake them and it gives me a reason to make an obscene amount.  Seriously, I make way to many cookies and give them to family and friends.  This year I made:

Cranbery/Pistachio Biscotti (dipped in white chocolate)
Peanut Butter Blossoms 
Chocolate Covered Pretzels.  

Some of these I have made in the past and others are recipes I found on Pinterest.  This is just one of the many plates I made from all of the cookies.

One of my favorite things to make for the holidays though are Peppermint Patties.  I come from a long line of Peppermint Patties lovers and a few years ago started making my own. They are by far the items that people look forward to most.  I have started giving them as little gifts to my family members.

They are really simple to make and are really yummy!  All you need is:

3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons softened butter
3 teaspoons peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 cups chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli's brand of chocolate because I think it melts and tastes the best)
2 tablespoons shortening

In a large bowl combine the sugar, butter, peppermint extract and vanilla extract.  Add milk and mix well.  Roll into 1 in balls and place on waxed paper-line baking sheet.  Cover with another piece of wax paper and flatten to 1/4in  with a glass.  Freeze 1 hour.

In a heavy saucepan or microwave melt the chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. (If microwaving check every 30 seconds)  Dip patties in chocolate and shake off any excess.  This does have to be done fairly quickly.  As soon as the frozen patties hit the hot chocolate they start to thaw and can get a little messy.  Don't worry if you mess up, it just means you get to eat the practice ones!

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