If you like mint and/or chocolate, this is it.
If you like those little York peppermint patties, this is it.
If you don’t (me) like York peppermint patties, this is still it.
If you’re looking for an easy after dinner treat… you know it.
If you want to make a dessert that requires you to scrub chocolate out of a bowl and end up with it splattered all over your brand new white shirt, this is not it. I will share that one with you later. Ugh.
Perfect Peppermint Thumbprints
slightly adapted from She Wears Many Hats
12 oz. Chocolate CANDIQUIK Coating
1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 3 ½ – 4 cups)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
+ Green food coloring (If I were you, I would add a little green food dye to the cream cheese mixture – how cute would these look tinted green!? Hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it?)
In a large bowl, gradually mix the powdered sugar with the softened cream cheese, stir until well incorporated. (Use a spoon or a standing mixer for best results, I began using a hand mixer and it became too thick)
Add peppermint extract and combine well.
Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for an hour or until firm.
Once peppermints have firmed, create a small indention in the middle of each ball using a 1/2 teaspoon or your thumb.
Melt Chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions. Using a spoon (or a piping bag/ Ziploc freezer bag with the corner snipped), fill each mint with CandiQuik. Let cool.
*Keep refrigerated in an airtight container to prevent mints from drying out.