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Peppermint Snowball Cookies Recipe

Peppermint Snowball Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 158 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Elizabeth1999 User ID: 7125319 256852
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

"My family loves these cookies, I was so glad to see that Taste of Home had this recipe."

justmom0113 User ID: 5727247 215519
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."

likeakite User ID: 6593942 214667
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"Tasteless and dry. Not worth the effort."

AutumnDragon User ID: 1831914 31401
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."

Tash82 User ID: 4130589 74444
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."

mabelayla User ID: 5634319 71159
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."

suzanneg81 User ID: 1084826 71158
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"My family has been making these for years but we don't add peppermint, we add walnuts;-)

We just add chopped walnuts to the dough and roll into balls. No filling needed;-) They are amazing! I did try making them the way the recipe says but no one liked them. Try it with nuts and I bet they would be a hit;-)"

mandycamps User ID: 606863 100553
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"The cookie dough never got "elastic", the only thing I got was smooth & crumbly. It's virtually impossible to get the dough to re-attach when you're putting the "lid" on the filling. And lastly, I couldn't get the topping to stick or coat, it just fell off (even when they were warm)."

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