Homemade Peppermint Patties

When my son had to go on a diet free of gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, plus several other foods, his candy options became very limited. This was eight years ago and the readily available “allergen free” foods we are fortunate to have now were in limited supply and, in my area at least, only available via expensive internet ordering.

I quickly discovered though that a little imagination and willingness to experiment with substitutions in the kitchen could lead to fresher and more superior products than one could buy, not to mention the fact that my son could participate in the process of creating his own food. Not knowing how long he’d have to struggle with these allergies, it was important to me to equip him with the tools needed to feed himself, without having to rely on anyone else.

Fortunately, he has outgrown most of his former food restrictions, but these homemade peppermint patties remain a family favorite!


They only take five ingredients and a short amount of time to make. You’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar (see here for homemade corn-free version)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of softened butter, margarine or shortening
  • 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of water
  • about 1/2 bag of chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is dairy, soy & corn free)


Mix the butter, powdered sugar, peppermint extract and water together. (You may not need all of the water.) You will want a stiff dough, as pictured below, so add more powdered sugar if needed.


Form the filling into small discs and place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Pop in the freezer for about ten minutes.


While those are chilling, melt your chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat (or in the microwave) stirring and checking frequently to prevent scorching.

Drop the discs into the chocolate, roll around to coat, then lift out with a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drip off.


Return to the wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze until firm. Store in the refrigerator or freezer!



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31 Responses to Homemade Peppermint Patties

  1. Jane says:

    These are so cute!!! I love your homemade powdered sugar. I have never done that before, I don’t why – it looks so easy!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks! :) I didn’t realize it was so easy either and for the longest time was special ordering corn-free powdered sugar from the internet. This is so much easier and cheaper!

  2. rogene says:

    And I wasn’t going to look at any recipes for sweets today. That didn’t last very long. These look good.

    • Jan says:

      Ha, I know the feeling! :) I always intend to focus on finding more savory foods for us to try… then the sweets lure my attention away.

  3. Natalie says:

    You could also use Candy Melts in place of the chocolate chips and that way it doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge or freezer. Looks like an awesome recipe though!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks, that’s a great idea! :) I’ve seen the candy melts, just never used them before. I need to get around to trying them out!

  4. My husband is going to thank you for this!! He loves those soo much and hasn’t had any since his dairy allergy diagnosis!

  5. These look great! I would love to make these for my daughter. I wonder if they would travel well by Priority Mail? Thanks for sharing, Jan!

    • Jan says:

      lol not sure about the traveling… but I bet your daughter would love it if you made her some! :)

      • I think I’ll make some for a surprise for her and freeze them, THEN send them. Maybe that would help. It’s cooler where she lives so I think it would be ok!

        She definitely would love them–she adores chocolate and mint!

        • Jan says:

          OHHH I misunderstood that you were mailing them TO her! That’s what I get for reading emails too fast when I’m supposed to be heading out for errands! :) Maybe you could use the candy melts like Natalie suggested above, so they don’t have to be refrigerated? Or, I used to order my son Applegate Farms products before they became available locally, and they sent them in a styrofoam cooler with a few ice packs. They stayed super cold through shipping even in the hottest weather, so maybe in something insulated within the box?? I love chocolate and mint too! :)

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  7. These look wonderful!

  8. Peggy says:

    After seeing your honey butter fingers I came back to check out even more candy options and these look awesome.

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  11. I’m looking forward to trying your sweeties like the caramels and pepermints.

  12. Jill Rowberry says:

    Hi, I love your site, very inspiration. I’m from the U.K. and we don’t have powdered sugar, do you know if it’s what we call icing sugar. It’s as fine as talc?
    keep up the good work!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks so much Jill! :) Yes, icing sugar that’s fine as talc sounds just like our powdered sugar. It’s also called confectioner’s sugar by some.

  13. Isaaccreek says:

    I noticed none of your recipes give a serving amount, for example the peppermint patties, how many does it make?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Isaaccreek, Yes, on my older recipes I was terrible about putting serving amounts! I try (usually) to keep count with my newer ones though. I believe this recipe makes about two dozen peppermint patties, depending on how small you make them.

  14. Trudy says:

    I’m curious as to why you need to keep these refrigerated? Is it just to keep them firm or could they spoil? I know the chocolate chips I use harden quite well so it wouldn’t occur to me to keep these in the fridge! I will try them though as I have a son who loves mint patties and we no longer can find them in the big bags, have to pay way to much money for the smaller bags. Thanks! ~ Trudy

    • Jan says:

      Hi Trudy, I refrigerate them because I use real butter in mine, plus our house stays on the warm side (no AC in summer & just wood heat in winter – that gets quite toasty!) Probably most people have a cooler house though, so if that’s the case, they very well could do okay out at room temperature. You could try one or two out and see how they do for you! I hope your son likes them!

      • Trudy says:

        Ah, real butter, that makes sense! We wood heat as well and ours in on the main floor so we stay a nice 24 to 26 C in the winter! I’ll have to watch them then. Thank you!

  15. Melanie says:

    Hi Jan! Stumbled onto your site while searching for soap making research (potential first time maker) and got hooked. Saw this recipe and was wondering if they could be done without sugar? Also, could they be done with ground up/shredded coconut? Thanks in advance and love your posts!

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