Chocolate-Buttercream Peppermint Patty’s

Irish Blessing
from me to you.
May calories dissipate,
palates anticipate,
tastebuds participate,
and not a soul be irate
when your kitchen is full
of baked goods.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Chocolate-Buttercream Peppermint Patty’s

These buttercream mints are surprisingly simple. They require no baking, and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. Even better they are formed from a beautiful dough that can be rolled, cut, twisted, and molded into just about any shape, size or color. As I was making them, I wondered why so many people mold from marzipan, when buttercream dough offers the same moldability with (what I think is) a much more friendly flavor. Because they air-dry over several hours, be sure to keep your creations small. And…try not to eat all of the dough because it’s deeee-licious!

1/4 c. butter, softened

1 T. heavy cream

2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

1/4 tsp. food coloring

1 cup dark chocolate, melted

In a medium bowl, stir together butter, cream, and peppermint extract with 1 c. of powdered sugar. Slowly add additional sugar until a thick dough is formed. It shouldn’t be at all sticky, but will be perfectly pliable. Roll into desired shapes. Allow to airdry 8-12 hours, or overnight. For peppermint patties, pipe a small amount of dark, melted chocolate into the center of dried mints, top with a second mint, and allow to cool before serving.
*For Ye Wee Leprecrafters:
Buttercream Beads
Roll dough into balls. Using a sucker stick, gently poke holes through buttercream dough to create buttercream beads. Allow to airdry for 12-24 hours, gently string beads with a thin ribbon. Present to your little lassies in jewelry boxes.
*Note: Though wearable, these little dainties are firm,
but not overly durable, and therefore best for the eatin’.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck o’ the Irish be there with you.
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9 Responses to “Chocolate-Buttercream Peppermint Patty’s”

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    Daisigirl on March 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm Reply

    St. Patty’s Day is so darn fun, isn’t it?!

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    Live.Love.Eat on March 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm Reply

    Happy St. Patty’s Day to you too. I love this post and all the pretty colors.

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    Cristine on March 17, 2009 at 3:17 am Reply

    So cute!!! I’m going to have to give these a try!

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    Sophie on March 17, 2009 at 7:23 am Reply

    This is too cool, what an awesome creative post! Love the bracelet :). I used to really look forward to getting those candy bracelets at the convenience store when I was little :D. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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    White Iris Designs on March 17, 2009 at 9:42 am Reply

    Yum.. thanks for the recipe…Gonna have to give this a try for sure!
    Happy St. Patty’s Day to ya!

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    krystn on March 17, 2009 at 10:01 am Reply

    Is the house next door to you for sale? If it is, I’m buying and then I’ll entertain all the kids while you make delicious things to post on your blog and enter in contests(read: for me to taste test).

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    Noodle on March 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you, too! What a nice reminder!

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    pink~leopard~print on March 18, 2009 at 9:33 am Reply

    Oh those buttercream peppermint patties look amazing!

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    Pixeltrash on March 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm Reply

    You have such great ideas. I make buttermints and love to give them as gifts. Perfect for St. Patty’s Day! Maybe I’ll have to rethink them for Easter. Little buttermint pastel eggs? Mmmmmm…

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