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Peppermint Snowballs

These snowball cookies have a surprise peppermint filling in the center. —Judith Scholovich, Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candy or candy canes
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candy or candy canes


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar; add vanilla. Stir in flour; knead until mixed well. Reserve 1/2 cup of dough; shape remaining dough into 1-in. balls.
  • For filling, combine cream cheese and milk in a small bowl. Stir in sugar, candy and food coloring; mix well. Make a deep well in the center of each ball; fill with 1/4 teaspoon filling. Use reserved dough to cover filling. Reshape if necessary into smooth balls.
  • Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes. Combine topping ingredients; roll cookies in mixture while still warm. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 76 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Kathi
    Dec 23, 2020

    Just made these for the first time. They tasted good but more work than anticipated. If you make these do them all at one time. I made the dough and baked them the next day and the dough wasn’t warm and soft. They were hard to cover after putting in the filling. Not sure I would make them again. They do go great with holiday tea.

  • Kathleen
    Dec 20, 2020

    I agree with Sarah’s review. These are crumbly and kind of hard to keep together, and the taste is fine but not amazing. If I’m gonna eat all these calories, I want to *love* my cookie. Not worth the effort for the result.

  • Kathy
    Dec 9, 2020

    The first batch I made I didn’t read the recipe all the way thru, they turned out good but it was a mess to roll.The 2nd ones I made as the recipe said but I made them big to get the filling inside and then covered,they tasted good but they are huge,I will try a 3rd time but make them smaller and put the filling inside before I roll them or skip the filling all together.

  • Sarah
    Dec 6, 2020

    I followed the recipe. The dough was super crumbly, very difficult to mold and fill/cover the top. We ended up throwing out half of the dough and only made one tray. The cookies didn’t roll well in the peppermint. They were dry and bland. We ended up throwing out the one pan I made. Will not be making these again.

  • emily
    Nov 6, 2017

    havent made it yet, but using this recipe to get an A in cooking

  • kaydeemac
    Aug 9, 2006

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