***Foodbuzz.com Top 9 on December 19th, 2010***
One of our favorite restaurants here in Minneapolis is called Fogo de Chao. It is an amazing Brazilian restaurant but I think my wife really likes it because they have a basket of peppermint patties at the door that she loves to fill her pockets with. Ok, maybe it's me that fills my pockets with them but they're really for her. Really.
I found this recipe and decided to add it to my cooking day while we were stuck inside all day during a blizzard last week. After I finished them, I tossed the bag of candies in the freezer and I love to take a few out at a time and snack on them while they're still cold.
My recipe below includes more peppermint extract than the original and you can increase or decrease it depending on how strong you like them. I thought it was a pretty good strength. I used a dipping chocolate that we had left over from our chocolate fountain and while it has a great flavor, it didn't harden up as much as I would have liked, so they melt in your fingers almost instantly. Next time I think I'd try to find a better dipping chcololate that's made specifically to harden back up really well.
Either way, these are a great addition to your holiday baking and will make your dessert the one to beat!
adapted from Epicurious