A Refreshing Gluten Free Dessert
- 4 1/2-5 cups Confectioner's Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine, softened
- 2 1/2-3 teaspoons Peppermint Extract (McCormick brand is gf)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (McCormick is gf)
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk,( I use 1 Tablespoon Dari-Free in 1/4 cup water)
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips for baking, melted
- 2-3 teaspoons shortening (I use Spectrum palm oil shortening)
These refreshing peppermint balls or patties are a great
gluten and egg free dessert or snack. They can be easily made
dairy and soy free too. Just use Spectrum shortening, Earth
Balance Soy Free Margarine, and Enjoy Life Brand chocolate
chips. A powdered milk substitute works best to replace
evaporated milk, as it can be made thicker. I like
Dari-Free, which is potato based.
In a medium bowl, combine the butter or margarine, vanilla
extract, and peppermint extract. Stir until well blended.
Then add the first 4 cups of confectioner's sugar,
stirring until it is incorporated as much as possible. Add
half of the milk or milk substitute.
Stir again until all is smooth and wet. Add the rest of the
milk. Now, depending on how stiff you want the filling, add
another half cup of confectioner's sugar and work it in.
You might need to use your hands, or baking gloves work well.
If you want it stiffer than the photo (which was 4 1/2 cups
total) then work in the remaining half cup of confectioner's
sugar. It should be about the consistency of play dough or
Form the filling into one inch balls, and place them on a sheet
of waxed paper that is on a cookie sheet. Once you've made all
the balls, refrigerate them for about 30 or 40 minutes. You can
dip them in the melted chocolate at this point if you want
to make peppermint balls.
For patties, take a glass and press the balls to 1/4 inch
thickness. When you've pressed them all, chill again in the
refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. During this
time you can melt the chocolate and shortening together. Let
the chocolate cool for a few minutes before dipping patties or
balls into it, or they will loose their shape.
I use a chocolate melter, but you can use a double boiler or the
microwave to melt your chocolate and shortening mixture.
Place the dipped balls or patties back onto the waxed paper on
the cookie sheet. When all have been dipped, put them back
into the refrigerator to set. It will take at least 30 minutes
for the chocolate to lose it's shine and become set. At this
point you can place them into an airtight container, or use
bags. Keep them refrigerated.
This should make at least 25-30.
If you would like more information about Vance's Dari-Free
you can find it under "Milk Alternatives" on the cereals page
Gluten Free Cereals
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