Red, White and Blue Patriotic Peppermint Patties

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Peppermint Patties are perfect for the 4th of July and can easily be adapted to work for any holiday!  YOU choose the flavor and the color!

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The other day Reece and I were hanging out while Bryce was taking a nap.  We were talking about his upcoming birthday party and he informed me that we needed to make some candies.  I directed him to the kitchen table where I have been amassing all sorts of candies for his pinata and the ice cream sundae bar.

“This isn’t enough candy Reece?”

“That’s for other stuff Mommy!”


So I started thinking about what we could make – quickly – and immediately liked the idea of peppermint patties.  Reece LOVES peppermint so I knew that these would be perfect for him.  As I was gathering the ingredients, I had to take down a handful of extracts until I found the peppermint.  Reece was looking through them and smelling each bottle of extract and was super excited by the lemon extract.


“It smells just like lemons!”  Yup.  That’s why it’s called lemon extract.  Well, next thing I know Reece is talking me into making lemon-flavored patties.  That would be all well and good if we were making them for Easter and had decided on some pretty pastels.  But, no.  Reece had decided on red, white, and blue – the colors from his train pinata.  You see where this is going right?

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I tried explaining that lemon wasn’t necessarily a flavor that one might associate with the colors red, white, and blue but Reece is an out-of-the-box thinker and insisted it would be “a nice surprise!” I rallied behind using cherry extract but was vetoed so we ended up with Patriotic Lemon Patties.  Doesn’t sound quite as nice does it??  I have to say though – the lemon flavor is super refreshing and lovely and is going to be perfect for the party this weekend.

And let’s face it.  It’s his party.  If he wants lemon-flavored, red, white and blue patties – then that’s what he’s getting :)

Red, White and Blue Peppermint Patties from - You pick the color and flavor! These patties are super easy to prepare and taste delicious!

Of course we couldn’t resist…

Red, White and Blue Peppermint Patties from - You pick the color and flavor! These patties are super easy to prepare and taste delicious!

Now this would be awesome for the 4th of July!  We may just have to make another batch – and this time I’m doing cherry!

Red, White and Blue Peppermint Patties from - You pick the color and flavor! These patties are super easy to prepare and taste delicious!


Red, White and Blue Patriotic Peppermint Patties
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6 dozen
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1½ tsps lemon extract OR ½ to 1 tsp peppermint extract OR any other extract you want
  • food coloring - I used Wilton's red and blue icing color in the gel format
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  1. Combine butter and corn syrup together in a small bowl.
  2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and your choice of extract and beat until well combined. Add extract ½ teaspoon at a time until the mixture reaches your desired flavor.
  3. Stir in an additional cup of powdered sugar.
  4. Turn bowl onto a cutting board sprinkled with last cup of powdered sugar.
  5. Knead the mixture until sugar is absorbed and is completely smooth.
  6. Divide dough into three portions.
  7. Tint one portion red with the red food color/gel and one blue. Leave one portion white.
  8. Shape into ¾ inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
  9. Flatten gently with a fork.
  10. Let candies stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 day.
  11. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Peppermint Patties are perfect for the 4th of July and can easily be adapted to work for any holiday! YOU choose the flavor and the color!

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  1. What a cute little treat to make with my little one! He loves being in the kitchen with me. (He’d also pick the lemon flavor, too!)
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  2. So cute! I love the picture of Reese helping!
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  3. Ooo how patriotic! I’m sure those would be a hit with peppermint OR lemon at a 4th of July party. Thanks for sharing and great job Reece!

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  4. You have NO idea how much I love this. SO perfect!
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  5. I like the way Bryce thinks-going for the surprise flavor! i bet the lemon tastes wonderful! These looks so festive Trish! You and your helper did a fantastic job!
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  6. I need a cute little helper! I would totally make these with the lemon ext – love. Okay, I’m jealous of your super cute ideas! Great idea, pinning.
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  7. Oh, my gosh, what an adorable story! Your son is so stinkin’ cute rolling out his candies in that pic! Melt my heart! And btw, I think red, white, and blue lemon patties sound very summery, like a glass of sweet lemonade! Adorable post, made me smile. ;)
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  8. What a fab idea, Trish! And haha, I know what you mean…my kiddo’s b-day is in less than 2 weeks and he has all sorts of ideas that don’t exactly match up with the theme I have in mind. But I guess it is HIS b-day, after all. :-) I may have to make some of these mints for the party table – these are my all time fave mints! Pinned!
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  9. I love peppermint patties and these look cute in the those colours for the 4th July.
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  10. Love the Red White and Blue ideas, and I am with Reece, lemon sounds refreshing. You could have done 3 different flavors and done the white as lemon flavored. I will be linking up your Red White and Blue into my July 4th round up! Can’t wait to try the shortbread recipe. My favorite. I will share the link and you are welcome to grab and share the pinterest image when posted. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Have a great 4th!!
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  11. These are adorable!

  12. These look great! Do you think they could be made ahead and kept in the freezer for a while?

    • I’m sure they could Emily! I would let them air for a day before freezing and just defrost at room temperature. They stay good for a good 1-2 weeks though as long as they are stored in an airtight container.

  13. very creative and cute!
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  14. How fun are these cookies! Very cute :)
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  15. These are incredibly creative and cute!
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  16. This recipe is great and those are amazing photos!!! I can’t wait to make these! : )

  17. How fun that he came up with doing all that by himself! I love that you let him go with it since it was his party and all :-) And they turned out amazing looking! Girl, your photog skills amaze me every single time!!!
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  18. Those patriotic candies look soo good! following you now! can’t wait to try the recipe!

  19. I found these on Pinterest! I love the red, white and blue (although i’m unsure of the lemon for those colours too) and i’m thinking I’m going to red white and green for christmas…they would be super for a small gift for teachers or neighbors!

  20. Oh my goodness! These are too cute! I think I might be making these for tomorrow! Love your little guy! Too cute! I would LOVE to have you share these at my link party!!
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  21. Terri Morgan says:

    I made these with my preschool class yesterday. They were a huge success. We used lemon, cherry, and mint flavors. Very nice idea. :)

  22. my sister was making these and i wanted them for pinterest so i spent ages getting them on to pinterest and then she told me she found them on pinterest in the first place!! so annoyed!!!!!

  23. These sound so tasty and I absolutely LOVE making them into a flag for 4th of July!
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  24. Yum! I should’ve made these for my SIL wedding this past weekend!
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  25. I wanted to let you know I am featuring your Patriotic Peppermint Patties in my Easy 4th of July Recipes post on 6/20/14! I thank you for sharing your recipe and am exited to include it alongside other great 4th of July recipe ideas!
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  26. These are way, waaaaaaaaaaaay awesome!! You’re always so fun and so creative! xo
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  27. These look so simple and festive! A great activity for the kiddos to help with too.
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  28. Oooh these look so good! I love peppermint patties and who doesn’t love patriotic treats?! Found this through the Cook It! Craft It! Share It! Link party :) pinning so I don’t lose
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  29. I prefer not to use corn syrup. Could I substitute agave syrup?

  30. OMG your son is adorable! This is such a cute kid friendly recipe I am going to have it make it with my son. Thanks so much for sharing at our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party. Hope you can join us this wednesday night at 8:30 PM EST -Doree

  31. Wonderful idea but can they be made ahead of time and frozen

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