Guest Post: A Minty St. Patty’s Day With Maria Provenzano

A new take on Peppermint Patties!

St. Patrick’s Day prep is happening….. green is everywhere!

(There’s a chance I like holidays a little too much)
Since I love trying to make everything from scratch I thought Peppermint Patties would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  I made a recipe before from Giada De Laurentiis for peppermint patties that turned out great, but they were made with pasteurized egg whites.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but I wanted to see if it was possible to make these with an alternative.  I found something that works which also happens to make these vegan AND wonderful! I replaced the egg whites with coconut milk (not coconut water) and I am officially going to turn into a coconut since I use it in everything!  Besides that… the coconut milk makes these really, really good but does require more powdered sugar…. just keep adding till the dough is stiff and not spreading.  These are so easy and SO good!!

Here’s what you need:
2-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
1/8 cup light coconut milk (See note at the bottom of the page)
1/2 teaspoon water (plus more if needed)
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring (optional)
about 4 ounces of dark chocolate for dipping
Here’s what you do:
*In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (a hand mixer works fine as well) combine 2 cups of powdered sugar, coconut milk, water, and peppermint extract over low speed until smooth
*Add in a couple drops of green food coloring if you choose to use it
*Mix on high speed until the dough is stiff
*If the dough doesn’t become stiff add more powdered sugar a small scoop at a time.  If it is too stiff add more water in small drops.  
*Sprinkle some powdered sugar on a clean counter surface 
* You want the dough to be stiff enough to stick together and be able to roll out on the powdered sugared surface without spreading
*Remove the dough and roll into a log about 1 inch diameter (it doesn’t have to be perfect)

*Cut approximately 1/2 to 1 inch pieces and use your hands to roll the dough and flatten into a small disk
*Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper
*Allow to dry out for at least 1 hour
*Refrigerate for about 3 hours or until the dough stays together well without being sticky and is very cold (overnight is fine too!)
*Create a double boiler by setting a bowl over a pot of simmering (not boiling) water

*In the bowl place the chocolate and mix while it slowing melts
*Take the patties out of the refrigerator and either dip the entire patty or half into the chocolate (I liked doing half so you could see the green!)
(If you are dipping the entire thing you can use a fork to help you)
*Place on the wax paper and allow to harden (This could take a couple hours)
*These are best stored in the refrigerator 

Note: Since this uses a very small amount of coconut milk you can use the rest in place of water when making rice, oatmeal, or quinoa for some extra creamy flavor!! 
Thank you to my lovely sister for contributing and helping me be able to take a much needed break on vacation! For more festive holiday ideas and lots of great recipes and beauty tips, visit her blog right over here and follow her on Twitter.

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