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My goal was to lose 10 pounds this year, only 15 more to go!


New Years Resolutions


Anyone else feel like this after the holidays? The months of October through January are really tough (for everyone trying to be good about eating sweets), but when you have a cookie business, losing weigh is an impossible task. I mean, I have to try every batter and cookie to ensure its perfect...Right?!?! I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to some changes in 2020. So, this month's blog, I decided to feature a candy! Now, warning, these will not help any weight loss resolution, but it will make people that you make them for think you should start your own cookie business in 2020.


These are my family and friends absolute favorite, and a MUST at Christmas. Disclaimer, this is not exactly my recipe, I can't give away all my secrets, but it is a close second. I challenge you to play around with the recipe and make it your own too! Have fun, they are so easy, you will never pay for the store bought version again.



The Peppermint Patty

(a.k.a "The Addie Pattie")


Ingredients:


3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

Peppermint oil (candy grade, follow use instructions)

4 cups confectioners' sugar

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 teaspoons coconut oil


Instructions:


1. In a large electric mixer, combine condensed milk and peppermint oil (I add a drop or two at a time and keep tasting until I am happy). Beat in a little confectioners sugar at a time, to form a stiff dough. Roll out dough on waxed paper and use a round cutter to make patties. I use my granddaughter's baby bottle lid, its the perfect size 1 inch round (Hence the name "Addie Patties"). Freeze patties for at least 1 hr.


2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate with coconut oil, stirring often. Remove from heat. Dip patties, one at a time with a fork and remove excess chocolate on the side of the bowl. Let cool on waxed paper until set.



Tips


1. Dont substitute the the peppermint oil for extract. They are NOT the same. One of the things we love the most about the peppermint patty is the way the peppermint feels cold when we breath (or is that just me?). The extract will not give you that true peppermint experience. You can buy the extract here the cheapest. Michaels also has it if there is one close to you. Ok, this is one of my secrets, but I am not giving you any more of them.


2. Make sure you temper the chocolate; you can watch any video online to teach you how.


3. Make sure you use a double boiler to temper your chocolate and DO NOT let any water into the mixture, it will render it useless.

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