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Rainbow Peppermint Patties

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Rainbow Peppermint Patties
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 36
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Rainbow Peppermint Patties

These creamy rainbow colored peppermint patties make a great homemade gift for your loved ones.


cups powdered sugar
tablespoons light corn syrup
tablespoons water
tablespoons vegetable shortening
teaspoon peppermint extract
ounces dipping chocolate
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food colors (the gel version works well here)
Parchment paper


  • 1 In the large bowl of a stand mixer (you can also use a hand mixer), beat 4-1/2 cups of the powdered sugar with corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, and shortening at medium speed until just combined. Knead on a work surface dusted with remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until smooth. If it's not a doughy consistency, add a tiny bit of water until it's workable.
  • 2 Divide dough evenly into six balls. In a small bowl, color each ball red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet respectively. Remember that adding food coloring could make your ball a little too wet, so add more powdered sugar until the ball is workable and not sticky.
  • 3 Take one ball at a time, roll it into a snake shape, place it in between two sheets of parchment paper, and roll it into a rectangle about 11x5. Place each sheet of dough in the fridge to chill for about 15-20 minutes.
  • 4 Once dough has chilled, remove the parchment from each layer (leaving one layer on the bottom so it doesn't stick to your surface) and stack each layer on top of the other in the order of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Chilling the dough allows the parchment paper to be removed without tearing the dough. If the dough begins to tear, chill the dough longer.
  • 5 Once the layers have been stacked on top of each other, slightly roll them to get rid of any air bubbles.
  • 6 Trim the long end of one side with a sharp knife so that you have an even edge to begin rolling. Starting with the long side, begin rolling the dough using the parchment paper to help roll. If your dough is too hard here, let it soften a bit before rolling. Then freeze the roll of dough until hardened (about an hour).
  • 7 When the log is frozen, cut into 1/4 inch circles. Turn the log after each couple of slices to keep the log round because the pressure of the knife can make the log turn oblong.
  • 8 Melt dipping chocolate according to the package directions. Using a fork, dip one pinwheel, shaking the excess off and set it on parchment lined cookie sheets. Repeat with all of them. Return to the freezer to chill if they get too soft.
  • 9 Place patties in the fridge or freezer to set. Store patties in between layers of parchment paper so they don't stick to each other.
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Rainbow Peppermint Patties

As prepared by Girl Who Ate Everything,

Brace yourselves, because these Rainbow Peppermint Patties are going to knock your socks off!

Peppermint patties are one of those mystical treats. I never really understood what they were actually made out of—only that I loved eating them. The idea of making them on my own seemed overwhelming and difficult, but actually seeing what went into them made me feel like I could do it.

Then I got a little overly confident and had a harebrained idea of trying to make them rainbow striped inside. What??!! Yes, you can do it. And you'll blow minds!


Patty dough

Start off by making the dough and dividing it evenly into six balls.


Colored balls

Next, color each ball one of the colors of the rainbow. I found that Betty Crocker's gel food coloring works well here; it's neater and doesn't add as much additional liquid to our dough. I tried mixing the dough with my hands but using a bowl with a spoon was faster and less messy.


Laid out snake

Roll each ball in between two sheets of parchment paper. Since we're trying to create a uniform rectangle with all of the colors, it helps to first roll the dough into a snake first and go from there.


Rolled snake

I rolled each into about an 11" by 5" rectangle.


Dough layers

After you've chilled each of the layers, stack them together and give them a gentle roll with the rolling pin to get rid of any air. I trimmed off the edge that I was going to use to start rolling so I had an even start.


Rolling snake

Begin rolling with the long edge, using the parchment paper to ease it along.


Rainbow pinwheel

Once it's chilled you have a beautiful rainbow colored pinwheel!


Sliced pinwheel

Slice the pinwheel into 1/4 inch slices for dipping.


Dipping chocolate

Using a fork, dip each pinwheel in melted dipping chocolate. Work fast so that your pinwheels don't start getting soft.


Dipped pinwheels

Place the dipped pinwheels on parchment or wax paper and then let them set up in the fridge or freezer.


Rainbow center

These gorgeous Rainbow Peppermint Patties are great to give to your friends and family. They’ll be wowed—look how amazing the inside looks! I still can't believe I made these.


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Nutrition Information 


Serving Size: 1 Serving
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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