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February 24, 2012

Peppermint Patties

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As a kid, I was always a fan of milk chocolate.  When I went trick-or-treating on Halloween, candies containing dark chocolate were the first things I'd give away to the other kids, especially the York Peppermint Patties!  I traded them for my preferred sweets, like Hershey's bars, Snickers, M&Ms and Twix.

Milk chocolate is softer, sweeter, and always made me want more!

The perfect cluster of sensations to a sugar-obsessed kid.

But something changed in me as I grew older.  I started appreciating the flavor of dark chocolate.  Although it still wasn't my first choice when it came to chocolate, well, you know, I appreciated it a little more.

I found that when dark chocolate is paired with another flavor, like orange or mint, it becomes so much more appealing.  After I ate about three one of these Peppermint Patties, I became a reformed chocolate addict

I love dark chocolate!

So cool, so refreshing.  Feelings milk chocolate never provided.

So soft, so chewy.  Textures I love when it comes to sweet snacks.

York Peppermint Patties:  [sugar free, high protein, GF, vegan]

   Chocolate Coating:
       4oz Sugar Free Dark Chocolate (or chocolate of choice)
       2 tsp Coconut Oil

   Peppermint Filling:
       52g (1/2 cup) Soy Protein Powder
       48g (~6-7) Powdered Erythritol
       1/16 tsp Salt
       42g (3 tbs) Coconut Oil, soft
       6 tbs Water
       1 tsp Peppermint Extract
       1/2 tsp Stevia Extract

Directions: (I did this the hard way, as I don't have a double boiler and a copious amount of chocolate [*gasp!*] but if you do, follow these instructions)
1.  Tape a large square of parchment paper onto your counter or other flat surface and tape the edges to secure.
2.  For the peppermint filling- mix all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and form it into a compact ball (if crumbs are coming off or if it isn't sticking, add another teaspoon or so of coconut oil).  Place on the parchment paper and flatten with a plastic rolling pin (I used a plastic pastry roller) and cut out 2" circles with a cookie cutter.
3.  Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the cutout circles about 2 inches away from each other.
4.  For the chocolate coating- melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted.  Spoon just enough chocolate over the circles so that it coats the top only.  Freeze until chocolate is firm.
5.  Flip the circles over and spoon chocolate over the circles so that it coats the top first, then coat the sides of the circles with a small spoon.  When done coating the circles, refrigerate until the chocolate is firm.

Keeps for ~2 days in the fridge.


  1. Good lord, a high protein peppermint patty? You are a genius!

  2. you are great. End of story :)!

    p.s. I was just browsing through your FAQ page and I notice that you said you eat around ~3000 calories per day. That's wonderful and so refreshing to see (especially around blogworld where must people eat downwards of 1200 calories). I'm actually trying to gain weight and pushing myself to eat 3000-3500 calories. I'd love to see what I typical "day in the life" of eats looks like for you. That is, if you're willing to share.

    1. Yes Jenny! I'd love to share a day of my eats with you :) Gaining healthy weight (muscle rather than fat) was definitely a tough task, or at least it was for me... it's not all about calories, it's about the quality of food you take in (so you won't see donuts in my diet plan!). It might take a while for me to keep track of everything I eat, count the calories and track my workouts, but I'll answer your question on the FAQ page by the end of the month!

    2. Hey Jenny, just thought I'd let you know I updated the FAQ page (question #12).
      Good luck! Gaining healthy weight is a tough task (I'd say harder than losing weight) but I hope my answer helps :)

  3. These are incredible! And high protein? Maybe coming home to these every morning will get me through my CrossFit workout. Yum!

  4. High protein peppermint patties that has no questionable ingredients? I'm sold!
    Your blog will now be my go-to blog for high-protein foods :]

  5. These were amazing! So Yummy! I just can't get enough. Thank you for the recipe. I'll definitely be using this one.

  6. Ever since finding your site, I have been coming back here everyday! I am in a very similar situation as you, only I wish I could be majoring in nutrition but alas, I'm stuck in computer science.

    Anyway, on to my question. I just found out that I am allergic to Stevia, but I really want to make this recipe! York peppermint patties are my favorite! Are there any substitutes I could use?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Ryan, we're in the same boat! I just found out I'm allergic to dairy, gluten and soy... even cinnamon! :(
      If you can't have the stevia then I would say increase the erythritol to 120g (10 tbs) and maybe add 14g (1 tbs) more of the coconut oil and 1 tbs more of the water. These are just guestimations, but when you are mixing the "dough" just make sure it isn't too dry or too moist... it should be like a pie crust when you roll it out. Good luck!

    2. ALLERGIC TO CINNAMON?! I don't think I would be able to survive! haha

      Thanks for the suggestion and I'll be sure to try this recipe while I'm home on break next week. I'll let you know how it goes!

    3. I know, life without cinnamon and yogurt and bread is so boring! But at least I now know why I was feeling so sluggish all the time :/
      Anyways, I'm crossing my fingers the recipe works out for you!

  7. Jessica, I love that you found a way to make this from scratch at home! They look so delicious and I can practically taste the minty brightness against the dark chocolate... mmmm I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), so please let me know if you have any objections. It's always a pleasure following your food…

    1. Nope! No objections here. Thanks for featuring my recipe
      -Jess :)

  8. Wow, these look great! I'll definitely have to give this a try. What exactly is powdered erythritol? I've never heard of it before.

    1. Maggie- powdered erythritol is an all natural sugar substitute that contains no calories, but all the sweetness of real sugar. It looks like the same too. This is where I buy mine:
      You can also use powdered xylitol (another natural sugar substitute)

  9. Hey Jess!
    I was just looking for Food with only Stevia, not Sugar and i found Your Page.. Yeah!
    All the Food looks soooo delicious! Did You create this by Your own? Phenomenal!!!!
    Please keep it up! :-*

    - Vanessa from Germany

  10. Hi.
    My name is Kristy.
    I am a 30 year old woman doing Nutrisystem. I have alot of weight to lose, and am obese.
    Anyhow...Nutrisystem is a bit expensive. I am a huge (no pun intended lol) fan of their Chocolate Mint Patty Cookies. However, I can't afford them, and the cookies have SUGAR in them. I don't need any sugar. I'm sweet enough without it. I was thinking of just having the cheap processed crap...but then I wanted the protein. Then, LO and BEHOLD after searching WEEKS on end on google, I found your blog, and your recipe. I LOVE that you use Soy Protein. I can buy it for uber cheap at the bulk bin at Winco. So, that being said, I am going to give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for posting it. I want to try to figure out the calories. If I can get in 160 calories or less a cookie, I will be very happy.

    It's really nice that you have alternatives to sugary junk without compromising the taste.

    Take care and I look foward to using more of your recipes.


    Kristy S.

    1. Hi Kristy! I'm so glad you found my blog :) As for the nutrition information, one Peppermint Patty should have:
      114 calories
      9g fat
      5.6g carbs
      .1g sugar
      4.6g protein
      ... if you make 10 patties (I think that was how many I made? I'm not sure it was a while ago)
      As a reference, this is the chocolate I used:

  11. PS: It's Kristy S. again.
    I was wondering if you would ever consider making these and selling them. You could make good money doing it. If you do sell them, I'd like to buy a dozen from you. :) I can give you my email if you would consider it.

    1. Well, when I own my own bakery one day (which I WILL!) I will definitely sell these, and you can be my spokesperson :) They are super fun to make and they're delicious. Thanks Kristy!


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