Cream Cheese

Homemade Junior Mints (a.k.a. Teeny Peppermint Patties)

December 29, 2016
0 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes about 90 candies
Author Notes

Slightly adapted from the blog Taste and Tell. —Sarah Jampel

What You'll Need
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar (plus 1/2 cup more, as needed)
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the mint extract, then add 3 cups confectioners' sugar and mix until you have a fairly stiff mixture that holds together when you pinch it (you may need to add up to 1/2 cup more sugar, though 3 cups has always been enough for me).
  2. Roll the mixture into small balls (the smaller, the cuter, but you might get bored and impatient, as I normally do!), then flatten each one slightly with the tip of your finger.
  3. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave or a double boiler and mix until smooth.
  4. Use a fork or spoon to dip each Junior Mint into the chocolate mixture, then place each one on a parchment- or wax paper-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate hardens, then serve.
  5. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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3 Reviews

judy January 27, 2017
Connie; excellent thought. I bet if you manipulated it it could certainly be done.
Connie January 26, 2017
Is the mixture malleable enough that you could roll it into a skinny log and slice off disks and flatten them to save you the trouble of rolling all those spheres?
Sarah J. January 30, 2017
So smart! I think that could work. You'd probably have to do multiple mini logs instead of one long one, but it would still save a lot of time, I think!