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Peppermint Snowball Cookies

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
    4 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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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  • Sandra
    Dec 23, 2019

    The dough does not work to shape-just crumbles. Impossible to fill. I am surprised these made it past the test kitchen.

  • Andia
    Dec 17, 2018

    I'm glad that I found this recipe online. My mom and I used to make these every Christmas when i was a kid (in the 80s). I asked my mom for the recipe last year, but she couldn't find it. I know this is the very same recipe. It is fussy, but if you get it right, the taste is so worth it. Melt in your mouth. Peppermint surprise.

  • Elizabeth1999
    Nov 16, 2016

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

  • justmom0113
    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
    Dec 12, 2014

    Tasteless and dry. Not worth the effort.

  • javagirl30
    Dec 14, 2012

    No comment left

  • AutumnDragon
    Dec 13, 2012

    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
    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
    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
    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;-)