Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Peppermint Snowball Cookies
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Peppermint Snowball Cookies

These cookies have been a favorite of mine since childhood; I first learned to make them using the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. I’ve adapted the recipe slightly over the years but these cookies remain a holiday tradition in my home. They’re deliciously sweet and minty on their own, but I like them even better dunked into a warm mug of cocoa.

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12
Servings
82
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3  Cup  confectioners sugar, plus more for rolling
  • drops peppermint oil (or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract)
  • ¼  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • candy canes, crushed into powder

Directions

Put the butter, confectioners sugar, peppermint oil (or extract), and salt into a medium mixing bowl. Mix until combined using a fork or an electric mixer. Then, add the flour and mix with a rubber spatula (or electric mixer) just until a crumbly dough forms.

Squeeze the dough into small pieces and roll each piece into a 1-inch ball. If the dough seems too try to retain its shape, add a few drops of ice water and mix the dough gently with your hands to hydrate it slightly.

Place the balls on a plate, cover them with plastic wrap, and place them in the refrigerator while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cookies 9 to 11 minutes, until they are set and the bottoms are lightly browned.

Cool them on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before moving them to a wire rack.

Mix the crushed candy canes with ½ cup of confectioners sugar. Roll the warm cookies into the peppermint sugar and allow them to continue cooling. When they have cooled completely, roll them in the peppermint sugar a second time. Store the cookies airtight at room temperature.

Nutritional Facts

Sugar
3g
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
18g
14%
Protein
2g
4%
Calcium, Ca
6mg
1%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Folate, total
31µg
8%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
4mg
1%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
18mg
3%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
1mg
0%
Water
2g
0%

Peppermint Shopping Tip

If you're looking for a smoother texture in your finished product, try using confectioners' sugar (also known as 10x sugar) instead of granulated sugar.

Peppermint Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.