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Peppermint Snowball Cookies Recipe
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Peppermint Snowball Cookies Recipe

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The holidays don't begin around our house until a batch of these cookies is baking in the oven. Their wonderful aroma scrumptiously says, "Christmas!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup ground nuts, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 3 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies
  • 1 drop red food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 158 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 82 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour. Stir in nuts if desired. Knead dough until smooth. If dough is too soft to shape, refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. In small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, milk, candy and food coloring if desired. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a deep indentation in the center of each.
  3. Fill with 1/4 teaspoon filling. Cover with 1/4 teaspoonfuls of dough; seal and gently reshape into balls. Combine topping ingredients; roll balls in topping.
  4. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until firm. Roll warm cookies in remaining topping; cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Peppermint Snowballs in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p66

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I love these cookies! I am a serious cookie baker and these are not a beginner's cookie. They take a bit of effort and a gentle touch. It makes a little bit of a mess, but I throw my candy canes through a food processor.....yes, you get candy cane dust, but that's ok with me. I gave the recipe 4 stars only because they are not a simple cookie to put together."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"Tasteless and dry. Not worth the effort."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012 Edited Dec. 16, 2015

"I read the reviews and decided to try anyway. My filling was too juicy and the dough was a bit crumbly. They tasted awesome, but looked more like Chinese dumplings than snowballs. I'm going to try them again, but modify the filling by leaving out the milk. PS. How do you crush the peppermint candies? I ended up using a hammer . . . and I thought I had gotten "soft" candies!

After making this recipe a second time, I'm going to use a piping bag to squeeze the filling into the cookies. I'm hoping it makes the process less messy."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"As noted by an earlier reviewer, the dough just didn't work. I added milk, but still didn't work. I just mixed the filling in with the rest of the dough and baked them that way. I wish I had added more crushed turned out okay, but not what I was hoping for."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I made these last year for the first time and they were amazing! They were a bit difficult to assemble, but worth the effort. These will remain on my holiday "must bake" list."

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