2 T. + 2 t. water
1 T. agave/honey
1 t. peppermint extract
3 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 T. shortening
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Beat together: water, agave, peppermint, and 2 c. powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Add shortening and beat well. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix well. You should have a dough that won't stick to your fingers, and that you can roll into a ball. If it is too thick, add a few drops of water; too thin, add a small amount of powdered sugar.Roll dough into 36 1" balls(or whatever size you want), and place on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Cover with another sheet of wax paper and use another pan to press down on the balls and flatten them to 1/4-1/2" thick. I find this the easiest way. You can also flatten them with a cup or anything else, this just seems to be the fastest and most uniform way. They should look like picture #1. Throw them in the freezer and now onto the fun part. Time to melt the chocolate. I dump the bag of chocolate chips in a bowl and place in the microwave. I do 1 min. intervals and stir after each one until melted. Let cool. When your chocolate is ready, pull your tray of discs out of the freezer and it is time to dip. I actually have no idea how to really dip chocolates. Please let me know how you are really supposed to do this! I wash my hands, grab a disc and drop it in the chocolate, make sure both sides are covered and place it back on the wax paper to harden. With dripping hands I grab the next disc and repeat until they are all done. Then I lick my fingers! If the discs get to soft, throw them back in the freezer for a few minutes. This makes them a lot easier to work with. Place chocolate covered patties in the fridge until set. See picture #2 for the finished product. I usually store mine in the fridge, but they usually don't last very long! If you love mint, you can sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the wet chocolate, but I am too lazy! Enjoy your chocolate treat this wonderful holiday season!
Use Spectrum shortening for a soy free, trans-fat free option
Use Enjoy Life chocolate chips for soy and dairy freeor just Guitard or Ghiridelli semi-sweet chocolate chips for dairy free
*Check out Linda's Chocolate Roundup for this month's challenge!