Chocolate Covered Peppermints

Some of the 15 pieces are missing. Eaten?    
 A new-to-me recipe for chocolate covered peppermints was, I felt, so easy to make and used so few ingredients that it has earned a place on my candy making list. The recipe came from the Taste of Home web site and is excellent in texture and taste. I think you could use another flavor of extract and have equally as good results. Orange is what I am going to try next.
 I just made ¼ of the recipe to try it and will make the full recipe next time. It said it would make 80 pieces but I got 15 from ¼ of the amount. I would guess it depends on how big you make the balls. The amount of chocolate worked out evenly with the amount of the centers which I find rarely happens. 
They have to set in the fridge for an hour before dipping in the melted chocolate, so you need to allow for this time.

Chocolate Covered Peppermints
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
9 cups confectioners' sugar
1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons shortening
Beat cream cheese and extract until smooth. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating well., Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten into patties 1-1/2-1-3/4 in. in diameter. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour., In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Dip patties in melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed paper until set. Store in the refrigerator.
 I am adding to this post as I have made these two more times and used a different extract for both. One batch I used Maple and one batch Orange. We liked both of them, but I used a little more of the maple which I will cut back on the next time. Keep in mind that these get stronger flavored as they grow a little older. Taste before adding all of the flavoring and don't over do it. Omit the peppermint extract when using a different flavoring.


  1. Oh, my, how delicious them look and so easy.
    How wonderful those would be on a platter to go with them chocolate covered cherries.

    Wishing you and Everyone a Very Merry & Blessed Christmas and be safe if traveling on the roads.

    1. Thanks Colleen. Here's wishing you and yours a Great Holiday Season also. We are having weather in the high 40's and low 50's so at least no icy roads.
      The candy is very good and just gets better after is is refrigerated for a few days.

  2. Peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations. For many years, my sister-in- law and I used to make Christmas candy the day after Thanksgiving. This recipe from Taste of Home was on our list. My sister-in-law continues to make caramels (also a Taste of Home recipe), but my candy making is hit and miss". I'm we'll get back in the groove one of these years. If you try the orange flavor, please let us know how it goes! I enjoy your blog so much. It feels a little like a group of neighbors. Thanks for all you do to share the goodness from your kitchens. Merry Christmas!

    1. The plan is to try the orange and maybe maple with some pecans in the filling. Glad you consider us neighbors, we like to think that we are. Merry Christmas to you and all of our readers


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