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Cocoa Peppermint Patties

Cocoa Peppermint Patties

Gluten Free Homemade Peppermint Cocoa Patties
Did this Patty come first?She’s so sassy, right? How could you not love that sass? And totally not afraid to be butch. I’ve always known that we’d be, like, total besties. Me and Peppermint Patty. Who knows. Maybe I’d go les for her. Stranger things have happened.

See how I have a patty all wrapped up? It’s for Halloween. Except no way I’m giving those out on Halloween. How ungrateful would those little beggars be? They’d be all, ewwwww, what’s that?

Gluten Free Homemade Peppermint Cocoa PattiesKnow what that is, little Taylor? It’s a cocoa peppermint patty. Or maybe it’s lemon-flavored. What do you know, anyway? And then little Taylor and I would really start to get into it. It would be on. And I fight dirty. I’m talking hair pulling and everything. The whole 9. Better to just give out some Dots at the door and be done with it.

Seriously, though, I have had it up to here with bad manners on Halloween. If a kid comes to my door and doesn’t even throw me a Trick-or-Treat or something, you know, for old time’s sake, it’s begging. Pure and simple. So when they come and I open the door, and they just stare at me, no trick-or-treat action, I stare back. Maybe I start in with the whole “Hey, what’s goin’ on, guys?” routine. “How’ve you been?” They come out with it, though. They do. There might be some eye rolling, but they toss me a “trick-or-treat” or maybe just a “Happy Halloween.” So I cough up the Tootsie Rolls. Look, I’m not unreasonable.
Gluten Free Homemade Peppermint Cocoa Patties
It’s safe to say that Halloween is not really my bag, baby. I’m all for candy. Don’t get me wrong. But dressing up and begging for it has never really agreed with me. And I grew up during the there-are-razor-blades-in-apples-at-Halloween era. We were scared to death. But who was giving out apples on Halloween anyway? Even I think that would suck on Halloween. It’s okay, though. My husband loves this holiday. He’s the yin to my yang. It works out nice. Then my kids don’t have to suffer on account of my particular brand of insanity. They still love it. They’ve learned to ignore me. Smart kids.

Me? I’d rather stay home and make my own peppermint patties. When you make them yourself, you can make ’em peppermint, and maybe add some cocoa (personal fave). Or maybe you’re not big on the mint angle. No harm done. Why not try lemon extract? Or almond. That’s killer. Take it to another level entirely. Add some food dye. Red peppermint patties. Shut UP. No, I won’t.

The trick is to mix up the (few) ingredients, and then let ’em dry out a bit. Then, divide the ‘dough’ up into 24 pieces, roll ’em up, and let dry again for a few. Go do something else. Pick up a costume or something. Come back, squish the balls of ‘dough,’ and dry. Then dip in melted chocolate (or candy melts) and dry. Feeling dangerous? Try dipping once, drying, and then dipping again. You’re all over this candy-making. We really need to do more of this around here. It’s an awful lot of fun, if I’m being honest with you.

Gluten Free Homemade Peppermint Cocoa PattiesCan you see the two layers? Don’t worry. They’re there. Take a bite and you’ll get it.

Gluten Free Homemade Peppermint Cocoa Patties

These store super well on the counter or in the refrig. And they make sweet little gifts for your neighbors. They’re not for random trick-or-treaters, though. Seriously.

Cocoa Peppermint Patties
Recipe Type: Candy/confection
Author: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 24
Gluten-free homemade peppermint patties, with cocoa, and coated in chocolate and/or candy
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, plus more for kneading
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (to taste)
  • 1 cup good chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup candy melts (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups of the confectioner’s sugar, along with the cocoa powder, salt, lemon juice, corn syrup and peppermint extract. Mix until well-combined and mixture holds together. If it is super sticky, add more confectioner’s sugar a few tablespoons at a time, until you are able to form a relatively pliable ball. Turn the ‘dough’ out onto a flat surface liberally dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Knead the dough a bit in the dusted sugar until it is tacky, but not sticky.
  2. Allow the ball to sit, uncovered, at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes, so that it becomes dry enough to handle. Once it has dried a bit, it should be easy to handle — that is, you should be able to handle it successfully without any of it sticking to your hands.
  3. With a sharp paring knife, divide the dough into approximately 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a round, and arrange the rounds about 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment paper. Allow to sit, uncovered, for another 10 minutes or so.
  4. Press each ball down with the bottom of a round glass until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Allow the rounds to sit, uncovered, for about 2 hours, or until dry. Flip the rounds over about halfway through drying to ensure that they dry evenly.
  6. Once the candy is dry, melt the chocolate and shortening in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between cycles, until smooth and shiny. Dip the patties carefully in the chocolate, one by one, and allow them to site on parchment paper to dry completely.
  7. If desired, repeat the process with another layer, this time of candy melts, if desired. Follow the directions on the package. Allow to dry completely.
  8. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

To make more traditional patties, omit the cocoa powder and increase the confectioner’s sugar by 1/4 cup.
Peppermint extract can be replaced by pretty much any other pure extract you like. Almond extract is a personal favorite of mine.



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  • CaryAnn Hancock on Facebook

    I really can’t decide if this post makes you an angel or a devil….probably an angel!

  • Go les…bwaaaaahahahaha!!!!! You’re a freaking RIOT, woman! Lmao…ahhh…I needed a good giggle with my coffee. I no likey Peppermint Patties…but I just HAD to read it anyway…never know what this kid is gonna say! Lol…u crack me up….lol

  • Leanne Hanson on Facebook

    What brands do you consider “good” chocolate?

  • Leanne, I really like Ghirardelli baking bars. Baker’s Chocolate is even pretty good, though.

  • Pamela G

    i’m beginning to think that we think alike…..oooooo scarey!! :) Peppermint patties are my FAV…and now, i cannot wait to make ’em..i also have a friend who may love the benefit of my experimentation. All things mint….. <3
    (you ARE nutz…just the way I like my friends! I look so forward to the laughter when reading your blogs.)
    By the way, love….made the chocolate chip cookies last night. Scott loves you…and my coworkers couldn't tell the difference!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Pamela,
      I am nuts. There’s no doubt about it. If you think like me, I”m sorry to report … you’re nuts too.
      So glad you and Scott — and your coworkers — enjoyed the cookies. There is always a batch of those in my freezer!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Shauna Wagner on Facebook

    Oh my sweet Lord those look wonderful!!!

  • Yikes, Nicole. I’m gonna have to move in with you. I swear I drooled…

  • I’ll make room, Lisa. :) We’ll bake together.

  • Living Simply Gluten Free Philadelphia on Facebook

    These look awesome.

  • Darlene N Joe Tako on Facebook

    Nicole, you had better put in bunk beds cuz Ima movin’ in too! And if you create a recipe for the Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Do-Si-Dos.. well.. I.. I just don’t know what I’d do but I’d do it! ~D~

  • Linda

    My favorite, favorite candy. And these are even gluten free! Can I adopt you? :-)

    • Nicole

      Hi, Linda,
      Yes. Can I have my own room? And a dog?
      xoxo Nicole

      • Linda

        Yes to your own room, dog and unlimited access to the kitchen…;-) Course, you’d have to bring the kids and hubby too, so I’ll start looking for a bigger place.

        • Nicole

          Who says I have to bring them? They’ll ruin everything! ;)
          xoxo Nicole

          • Linda

            You don’t have to bring them. I was just being polite. :-) xoxLin

  • Kadren

    I have to say, I’ve been making peppermint patties for years. And chocolate covered cherries, almond joys, turtles, peanut butter balls… you get the picture. And they are all GF. How can you not love them?!?!? And they are a lot of fun to make. :)

    • Nicole

      Hi, Kadren,
      Nice to hear from you. I know, right! I love turtles … They’re so easy to make, and you can customize. I like to customize. :)
      xoxo Nicole

      • Kadren

        Turtles are one of favorites. I actually do a candy fundraiser for the preschool every year. We do REALLY well on it. :) The first year we made almost 4,000 pieces of candy and last year we made just over 5,000. Fun times had by all. And customizing is great! My dad loves turtles with cashews instead of pecans. :)

    • Trish

      I have been reading your blog for over a month now, and you are, BY FAR, the most entertaining food blogger. You gave me a wonderful mental movie of you teaching some bratty kids a lesson at the front door….hahaha. :-) I was blessed last Halloween. My husband and I moved into a very nice neighborhood, and nearly all of the children were very small and cute and had manners. (We won’t talk about where I lived before…) I remember the ‘razor-blade-in-the-apple’ days. I was a small kid in the 80’s, and my mother had to check EVERYTHING in my bad. Never found a razor blade. Thanks for sharing creative humor and yummy food!

      • Nicole

        Hi, Trish,
        Aw, shucks. ;) That mental movie is as close as I’m ever gonna get to knocking some sense into someone else’s bratty kid, I’m afraid. *sigh* A girl can dream. That’s great that you (at least now) live in a nice neighborhood with well-mannered kids. My immediate neighbors are great – it’s the other blocks that seem to have all the poorly mannered kids.
        So funny that you remember the days of the razor blade in the apple scare! I wonder if that ever actually happened, or if it was just suburban legend. Seriously, though, like my parents could have found a blade hiding in my Snickers bar unless they broke it open (which they totally never did – it was a superficial visual inspection only).
        xoxo Nicole

  • JoAnn C

    Oh my they do look good. I may want to move in with Kadren. Chocolate covered cherries, almond joys, turtles, peanutbutter balls!!! Holy Moly! I am so there!

    • Nicole

      I know, right, JoAnn? Me too. I totally want to take a vacation there. I’d eat and eat, and not cook a thing.
      xoxo Nicole

      • Kadren

        Seriously, when it gets cold, I ship my chocolates. :) Just let me know!

    • Carrie

      Ok. Seriously. Every single new recipe you put on here I want to immediately go make. And this one is no exception!
      Chocolate + Peppermint = heaven. I’m just saying. Those are like my two favorite flavors. Together. In deliciousness. I have GOT to make these!!

      • Nicole

        Hi, Carrie,
        When you’re back, you’re really back! So glad to have you around.
        Enjoy the patties. :)
        xoxo Nicole

  • Peggy

    I am thinking we should have a GF baking retreat…dorm rooms & a hugh kitchen & dinning area! Centrally located! My quilting retreat was a hugh success & I was thinking of how much fun it would be to work side by side with Nicole baking all these wonderful goodies at a retreat just for baking! Friday afternoon to noon on Sunday just baking & tasting!

    • Nicole

      Sign me up, Peggy! It would be awesome to have a baking retreat. I wish I had the money to make that happen. I would totally travel for it. If anyone wants to be our benefactor, I’m there!
      So glad your quilting retreat was a success.
      Calling all benefactors …. !
      xoxo Nicole

    • Pamela G

      I second that emotion! :)

      • Nicole

        I’m in, Pamela. We just need that benefactor!
        xoxo Nicole

  • Nicoly

    I love you. ;^) These look amazing and I love the layer thing…always looking to surprise my non GF friends with something fabulous and thinking this is just the ticket for my Mom’s group Halloween party this year! Cannot wait to try them…from your description though I’m guessing they take more than 20 minutes so how much time should I actually allow?

    • Nicole

      Hi, Nicoly,
      You know I love you. These are perfect for a Halloween party! The 20 minutes is the active time. I would say you have to build in about another 3 hours of totally inactive letting-them-dry time. That’s probably on the high side, and during the inactive time you don’t have to even be home … and you can leave it longer than that, too. I hope that helps!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Shauna Wagner on Facebook

    You are the biggest cup of crazy!! I love it! Peppermint Patty as a butch les. Bwahaha!!! I totally get the trick-or-treat thing. Turn off your lights and bake by candle light. That’ll teach ’em. ;)
    Thanks for another great recipe. You continue to amaze me.

  • Ha. Are you going to disown me if I confess that Lulu and Phoebe have Halloween costumes, um, and more than one? (and you know L&P are made of fur, right?!)

    Those patties look fabulous. I once made fondant and skinned my knuckles doing it – this looks so much better and less dangerous. I love dipping stuff in chocolate, so I’m right there. I even broke down and bought the dipping fork because I kept dropping all the good stuff into the bottom of the chocolate bath…

    Oh – and my 7th grade English teacher called me Lucy (as in Van Pelt) the entire year…apparently I was a slight bit bitchy…

    • Nicole

      Hi, Lisa,
      Nah. No disowning. I’m very loyal. ;)
      Anyway, my mean little white dog has a Halloween costume. She’s a ballerina. And she doesn’t even notice, since she has no dignity whatsoever. My bigger dog, who has dignity to spare, is humiliated at even the thought.
      How did you skin your knuckles making fondant? I like the way fondant looks, but even the best-tasting fondant doesn’t, well, eat quite so well. I’m kind of into the whole candy melts and melted chocolate thing. I have the dipping forks, too. Otherwise, there is a lot of waste, and a lot of cursing.
      Love the Lucy thing. My husband read this post and said that I really should get an “Advice 5 cents” sign. I sort of wanted to argue, but I couldn’t. And then I realized that Lucy is fabulous, and I’m in fact honored. As you should be. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • bookladyDavina

    question.. is there a preferred substitution for the corn syrup? a couple of the neighbor kids can’t have corn (and I’m beginning to suspect it might be headed to the no-no list for me as well *sigh* so hoping not as GF meds can be hard enuf to find, corn free too would be killer hard..) but these sound great and i’m thinking i’d love to add them to my Christmas baskets. so was wondering if there was a substitution i could make or if i need to just flag these as off limits for those kids..

    • Nicole

      Hi, Davina,
      Good question. You can easily substitute 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar dissolved in an equal amount of hot water. I’m glad you asked! I’m sure someone else had/has the same question.
      I’m crossing my fingers for you that you can continue to have corn yourself! One substitution is plenty. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Looks fab as always!

  • That’s right, Nicole! Stick to your guns with Halloween manners. No “trick or treat,” well, definitely, no treat! I grew up with very few sweets in the house. I first heard about Halloween when I started school in first grade. I thought the concept of going door to door for candy was brilliant. Now, I’d just rather show up at your door with wide eyes and a forlorn expression of longing… longing for homemade, gluten-free peppermint patties. I would make them myself, but I Can’t Have These In My House…

    … unless I have a party. Hmmm.

    • Nicole

      Hi, Farida,
      I know, right? No ‘trick or treat,’ no trick and no treat. Funny that you hadn’t heard of Halloween until first grade. The other day, my eldest came home from the neighbor’s house and said, “what’s a devil dog?” My husband said, “it’s a bit like a Twinkie, but chocolate.” *blank stare* She’s never heard of either one. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that just yet. Still processing.
      Show up! I’ll make you a fresh batch. My kids ate all of mine already. :/
      xoxo Nicole

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  • Nicole, I started out rural. Very, very rural. So rural that my nearest neighbors were 3/4 of a mile away, and they were an elderly couple who lived where the dirt road ended and the paved road began. It was only when I went to first grade in an urban setting that I discovered the glory of Trick or Treating. By the way, like your eldest, I have never had a Devil Dog, either. Feel the pathos! It’s a good thing that I love to read about food. That’s what brings me back, time and time again. xo, Farida

    • Nicole

      Hey, Farida,
      So since you started out rural, does that mean that you don’t long irrationally for a bucolic existence, like I do? ‘Cause I do.
      I do feel the devil dog pathos! Truth is, though, devil dogs are really, really dry. Not my favorite. Yodels. Those were my fave.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Nicole

    Name the date. You know I’m there.
    *I feel like a celebrity is visiting us here on this humble blog.*
    Oh, and you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. I’ve become obsessed with confections.
    xoxo Nicole

  • Pamela G

    I made these on Saturday, but had an issue with the recipe.
    I had to add more of the corn syrup to make a dough…there was NOTHING like a dough with only 1 T of corn syrup & one T lemon juice. It didn’t even resemble pie dough. I tried squeezing it in my hand and it just crumbled. Did I do something wrong? I mean, I had a bottle of syrup & squeezed a bit in at a time until I got a rough dough…then went to work kneading. The dough probably could have been kneaded even a tiny bit more, but needless to say, they turned out to be a big hit at the family gathering Sunday. Help!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Pamela,
      I’m so sorry it didn’t hold together. I have modified the recipe to recommend starting with 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, along with the wet ingredients, and then adding more sugar a few tablespoons at a time until the dough holds together in a relatively pliable ball. I haven’t had that problem, but a friend tried the recipe over the weekend in a panic, since she was having a similar experience to yours, so my instructions were clearly to blame. I am so sorry that you had to go through that frustration — I know just what that feels like — and I’m so glad that you were able to doctor the recipe to make it work anyhow. I hope you can forgive me!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Pamela G

        clearly forgiven, doll…afterall, you’re my new hero!!
        (brought gf chocolate chip cookies and these to the party & EVERYONE raved!)
        xoxox- Pam

        • Nicole

          Thank you so much, Pam. :)
          xoxo Nicole

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  • Allie Gillett Dillon on Facebook

    This looks really yummy, but is there an alternative to using corn syrup? Thanks!

  • Hi, Allie, if you read through the comments, you’ll find an answer to that question!

  • Allie Gillett Dillon on Facebook

    Ah, cheers – I never wade through the comments. Found my answer, thanks.

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