Peppermint Creams (vegan option)
Peppermint creams are super simple to make. All you need is icing sugar, condensed milk, peppermint extract and chocolate! Find out more below.
Classic Christmas Treats
There are some cakes and confections that always make me think of Christmas and peppermint creams are one of them! I’ve been making edible gift hampers for years and I always add peppermint creams. They are the perfect alternative to an after dinner mint or chocolate truffle.
I like to drizzle mine with a little dark chocolate which contrasts nicely with the pale green sweet. If you like to use a little more chocolate then why not dip half of them in the melted chocolate and then leave to set. The choice is yours!
Because these are so simple to make you could easily make them with children. The dough is easy to roll out and you can cut them into any shape you want with whatever cookie cutters you have to hand! I like flowers or stars best.
To make these grown up, swap out the peppermint essence for creme de menthe or peppermint schnapps! They turn a childhood confection into a delicious after dinner treat for the adults.
How to make vegan peppermint creams
The traditional peppermint cream recipe uses egg whites but I’ve been making mine with condensed milk for years. When I discovered that Nestle had begun to sell a vegan condensed milk alternative I knew that I had to test it in my peppermint cream recipe. I’m pleased to say it works perfectly!
One thing to be mindful of is the colour. Unlike regular condensed milk which is quite light, the vegan condensed milk is a caramel colour. This means that he dough ends up a pale yellow. Adding a little mint green food makes them look a little more appetising! (I use Wilton gel colouring to get beautiful, bright colours for my cakes and sweets).
Whether you choose to dip your peppermint creams in chocolate or drizzle them with it, make sure you’re using a vegan dark chocolate. Good quality dark chocolate with over 60% cocoa solids is almost always vegan but its a good idea to double check (especially if you are giving them as a gift).
These peppermint creams are a delicious alternative to an after dinner mint or chocolate truffle. They're also incredibly easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients.
- 225 grams icing sugar
- 115 grams condensed milk (use Nestle's vegan condensed milk alternative to make these vegan)
- 1-2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1-2 drops green food colouring optional but recommended if using the vegan condensed milk
- 50 grams dark chocolate
Sift the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and pour in the condensed milk and peppermint extract.
Stir in the condensed milk until it has formed a soft dough.
Lightly dust a work surface with icing sugar and tip out the dough.
Add a drop of green food colouring into the centre of the dough ball and then knead the dough until the green colour is evenly distributed.
Roll the dough out until 0.5cm thick, using a little more icing sugar to stop it sticking to the work surface and the rolling pin.
Cut out 24 sweets with a small cookie cutter of your choosing.
Place the peppermint creams on to a baking sheet and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until they have set firm.
Melt the dark chocolate (either over a bowl of hot water or using the microwave).
Drizzle the peppermint creams with the melted chocolate or dip them in the chocolate to coat one half.
Allow the chocolate to set before eating.
Peppermint creams will last for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container.
Ideas for an edible Christmas hamper
Why not create an Christmas hamper for your friends and family this year? The following recipes make fantastic edible gifts!
Boozy Chocolate Truffles
Almond Snowball Cookies
Are there any other edible treats you think should go into a Christmas hamper? I’d love to know what you include in yours.