Putting the Patties Together:
One 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. peppermint extract
9 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 tbsp. shortening
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and peppermint extract until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Beat well. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten. Put in frigerator until chilled, about 1 hour.
In a double boiler melt chocolate chips and shortening and stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Dip the patties in the melted chocolate, place on waxed paper and refrigerate until chocolate is set.