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

By Sarah Jampel
December 29, 2016
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Author Notes: Slightly adapted from the blog Taste and Tell.Sarah Jampel

Makes: about 90 candies

  • 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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