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Candy Cane Snowballs

 Candy Cane Snowballs
I bake dozens of different kinds of Christmas cookies to give to family and friends. I came up with this recipe when I had leftover candy canes I wanted to use up. The snowballs are dipped in a white candy coating, then into crushed peppermint candy. -Debby Anderson Stockbridge, Georgia
30 ServingsPrep: 25 + chilling Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir
  • in pecans. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
  • to wire racks to cool.
  • In a microwave, melt candy coating, stir until smooth. Dip the top of
  • each cookie into the candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Dip
  • into peppermint candy. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • Yield: 5 dozen.