You’ll love this wholesome recipe for Homemade Peppermint Patties. They are so fun and yummy, and made with only 3 ingredients. This recipe is also plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free so it can be enjoyed by everyone!

Vegan homemade peppermint patty candies stacked on a cake plate.

If you love the combination of chocolate and peppermint, then you’ve got to try this easy 3-ingredient recipe for Homemade Peppermint Patties. 

Whether you’re on a dairy-free, vegan, or paleo diet, you can enjoy these delicious treats. You may be tempted to make them just for the holidays, but they are actually great for anytime of year. This no-bake dessert is one of my favorite indulgences. 

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Skip the questionable ingredients like corn syrup and stick with these real food, simple ingredients for this delicious treat.
  • Use melted chocolate, peppermint flavor, and coconut butter for the best peppermint patties you’ve ever had!
  • Kids can help make this easy recipe that is a great edible gift during the holiday season.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients for 3 ingredient vegan peppermint patties on a white surface.

Coconut butter (also called coconut manna) makes the filling of these homemade peppermint patties. Coconut butter is a dairy-free, plant-based ingredient that is made from blended coconut meat. It is a wholesome ingredient that is easy to find in most grocery storer or online.

Chocolate chips make the outer layer of the patties. Be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips if you are on a lactose-free or vegan diet.

Peppermint extract adds that fantastic peppermint flavor that is so iconic of York peppermint patties. I like this organic extract.

Recipe Steps

While there are a few steps to make homemade peppermint patties, it’s a very straightforward recipe. You really just have to melt the chocolate and coconut butter separately to make three layers to the patties. 

Let me show you how easy it is to make these Homemade Peppermint Patties that taste very similar to a York peppermint patty.

Photo collage of how to make vegan peppermint patty candies.

Step One

Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. If you don’t have a muffin tin, you can simply lay the muffin liners on a cookie sheet.

You may wish to line the baking tray with a piece of parchment paper for easy clean up.

Step Two

Melt one cup of the chocolate chips in a large bowl and pour them into the bottom of your muffin tray. You can melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals or use a double boiler. Be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl if you are using that method.

Tap the tray to help the excess chocolate make the chocolate coating on the bottom of the liners.

Step Three

To make the coconut butter/peppermint layer (aka the creamy peppermint center), melt the coconut butter and stir in the peppermint extract.

Then, use a spoon to divide that mixture on top of the chocolate base layer. 

Don’t worry if the coconut butter layer is messy. Your final layer of chocolate will cover it up.

Step Four

Melt the rest of your chocolate chips and layer them on top of the coconut butter and peppermint layer. Refrigerate your homemade peppermint patties until they are solid.

Then, remove the patties from your mold and serve cold or at room temperature.

Vegan peppermint patties chilling in a muffin tin.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • VEGAN & PALEO: Be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips.
  • These homemade peppermint patties can be served at room temperature or chilled. 
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days.
  • Want to make these extra fancy? Sprinkle some smashed candy canes or peppermint candies on top of the chocolate coating before you refrigerate the patties.

Recipe FAQs

What is coconut butter?

Coconut butter is a whole food. It is simply coconut flesh that is naturally sweet with no added sugar. I usually buy mine online, but you can also make coconut butter at home.

Can you taste the coconut in these peppermint patties?

Not really. The chocolate and peppermint flavors are the most prominent. 

Can I use milk chocolate?

Yes, but most milk chocolate is not vegan or dairy-free. But, you can adapt this recipe to your dietary needs. I like using dark chocolate chips to create a rich dark chocolate homemade peppermint patty recipe.

You could also use white chocolate, but, again, most white chocolate is made with milk.

Three homemade peppermint patties stacked on a white plate.

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Vegan peppermint patty candies stacked on a cake plate.

Homemade Peppermint Patties (3-Ingredients)

You’ll love this wholesome recipe for Homemade Peppermint Patties. They are so fun and yummy, and made with only 3 ingredients. This recipe is also plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free so it can be enjoyed by everyone!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided into 1 cup and 1/2 cup (be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips if you are on a dairy-free or vegan diet)
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter, also called coconut manna
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Place one cup of the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the chocolate chips in 30 second increments, stirring the chips each time. After about 1 minute and 30 seconds, the chips should be fully melted and easy to stir together.
  3. Use a spoon to divide the melted chocolate into the bottom of your mold. Gently tap the mold or tray on a hard surface to make sure the chocolate evenly covers the bottom of the mold.
  4. Place the mold or tray in the freezer for about 20 minutes to harden.
  5. Then, place the coconut butter in a small glass dish. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until the coconut butter is soft. Stir in the peppermint extract.
  6. Remove your mold from the freezer and use a clean spoon to divide the coconut butter on top of the solid chocolate layer.
  7. Then, place the mold back in the freezer for another 15 minutes to harden.
  8. Finally, place the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments until they are melted, about 1 minute total.
  9. Remove the mold from the freezer and use a spoon to divide the melted chocolate on top of the patties. The chocolate should cover the white coconut butter. Gently tap the mold to smooth out the top layer of chocolate.
  10. Place the mold in the freezer for 20 more minutes, or until the top layer has hardened.
  11. When you’re ready to serve the Peppermint Patties, simply remove them from the mold and serve cold or at room temperature. You can remove them from the cupcake liners to make them ready to eat.

Notes

  1. VEGAN & PALEO: Be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips.
  2. These homemade peppermint patties can be served at room temperature or chilled. 
  3. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days.

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