Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Heart Shaped Raspberry Cream Patties

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These little confections are a variation on my homemade peppermint patties and taste just like the real thing! They have a smooth cream filling and are coated in a rich dark chocolate. I made raspberry cream filling with raspberry extract and red food coloring making them perfect for Valentine's Day! They are a perfect 2 bite candy, great for parties, dessert tables or giving away as Valentine's. You can get creative and use any shaped cookie cutter you like to fit the season or party and create any flavor filling with extracts and food colorings paired with any type of chocolate you like!



I tried making different flavor variations and colored them with food dye to match.


I made pink raspberry, green mint and orange cream fillings.


Flatten the filling out and place it in the freezer to firm up.


Using cookie cutters, create different shapes if desired. Use powdered sugar if filling gets too sticky.


Coat in tempered melted chocolate and enjoy! ("Candy melts" found in the baking aisle of your local crafts store are all ready tempered and work perfectly for achieving that nice hard chocolate shell.)



Raspberry Cream Patties

Yield: 12-14 patties

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon raspberry extract (found in the baking aisle of the grocery store)
  • red food coloring, optional
  • Dark cocoa candy melts (found in the baking aisle of your local crafts store) or tempered chocolate, for coating

Directions

With an electric mixer beat all of the ingredients except the chocolate together until smooth and well combined, adding food coloring until you have reached your desired shade. Flatten the filling into disks about 1/4 inch thick and 1 1/2" wide with a rolling pin. Place on wax or parchment paper and place it in the freezer to firm up, about 30 minutes. Once firm use cookie cutters to create different shapes if desired and return to freezer for at least one hour until frozen solid (you can also just create balls and flatten them for a classic round shape). Sprinkle with extra powdered sugar if filling gets too sticky. Melt candy melts according to package and submerge patties either entirely, half way or simply drizzle on top. Place in wax or parchment paper and freeze until dry and set.

Note: Patties get very soft, very fast. Keep them in the freezer and remove them a few at a time to coat in chocolate so they don't warm up while waiting. Work fast, as it can get very tricky as they start to warm and wilt. 
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