After the trickiness of last week’s macaroons, we decided to try something much simpler this week; peppermint creams. My son and I made these.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1lb icing (powdered) sugar (just over 3.5 cups)
4 tablespoons condensed milk
Several drops of peppermint oil
A few drops of blue or green food colouring (I only used colouring because I wanted to photograph them in the snow, otherwise it really isn’t necessary!)
Chocolate for decorating
WHAT YOU DO:
1) Sift the icing sugar and then work in the condensed milk, peppermint oil and colouring (if you’re using it). We found that we needed a bit more condensed milk than the suggested amount, but you’ll be able to judge that as you work it in. The quantity of peppermint oil will depend on how strong you like it, we used two little capfuls.
2) You’ll end up with something resembling a dough. Roll it out to your desired thickness on a surface dusted with icing sugar, and then cut circles out with a small round cutter.
3) Melt chocolate and drizzle/splatter it over the peppermint creams. We used a teaspoon to do this from quite high above them. Leave them in a cool place to set.
The quantity that we have on the plate in the picture is about a third of the total yield.
These would make a lovely gift. Either in a pretty little box, with something like greaseproof paper in between each layer, or gather a few up into a piece of cellophane and tie with some curling ribbon. I have a big roll of this dotty cellophane which is really handy for making gifts.
My daughter suggested that instead of blue peppermint creams, you could use a few drops of red colouring to make them pink, then use a small heart shaped cutter instead of round, drizzle the chocolate in the same way, and you have a lovely valentine’s gift.