Christmas Peppermint Patties
FOR TINTING - Don't use food coloring dyes from the grocery store because you won't get a true red or green. Instead, use baker-quality food coloring gels from Michael's craft stores. Wal-Mart has them, too (look for them in the craft/cake decorating section, not in the baking aisle in the grocery section). They're about $2-$3 a bottle and last several years. Use sparingly though, a little gel goes a LONG way.
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- 1/4 c
- unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 c
- light corn syrup
- 3 1/2 c
- powdered sugar, divided (more, if needed for consistency)
- 1 Tbsp
- peppermint extract (or as desired)
- christmas red food coloring gel or paste
- leaf green food coloring gel or paste
- 1/2 c
- granulated sugar
1Stir together the butter and corn syrup together in a small bowl. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and peppermint extract, 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you reach desired flavor. Mix until well combined.
2Stir in an additional cup of powdered sugar.
3Turn bowl onto a cutting board sprinkled with another half a cup of powdered sugar. Knead the mixture until sugar is absorbed and is completely smooth, adding additional powdered sugar if needed.
4Divide dough into three portions. Leave one portion white, and set aside. Tint one portion red with the red food gel and one portion green, and knead separately (about 5 minutes or so) until color is consistent.
FOR DYING - Start with a little amount of the food coloring gel at first, and add more after kneading if you want more color. I used a toothpick and dipped it about 1/4-inch into the red food coloring gel, and then stuck the toothpick into the dough ball that I wanted tinted red (and did the same for the portion to be tinted green). And I kneaded it until the color was consistent and smooth throughout.
5Pinch off pieces and shape into 3/4-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Flatten gently with a fork.
6Let candies stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 day. Store in an airtight container.