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Peppermint Snowballs


Makes about 48

For the filling:
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candy or candy canes
1 drop red food coloring

For the dough:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

For the topping:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candy or candy canes

For the filling, combine cream cheese and milk in a small bowl. Stir in sugar, candy and food coloring; mix well. Set aside.

For the dough, preheat oven to 350 F. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy; add vanilla. Stir in flour; knead until well mixed. Set aside 1/2 cup of dough; shape remaining dough into 1-inch balls. Make a deep well in the center of each ball with the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill with 1/4 teaspoon filling. Use reserved dough to cover filling by placing a small flat disc of dough over the hole. Reshape if necessary into smooth balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake about 12 minutes.

Make the topping by combining the powdered sugar with the crushed candy. Roll warm (not hot) cookies in the topping mixture. Set on wire racks to cool completely.

Note: Originally published in an undated promotional booklet from the Wisconsin Electric Power Company. Author unknown.

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Reviews of Peppermint Snowballs:

1-5 of 17 reviews   Next >>

  MJ Carlson  Dec 21, 2011
Would not make this again.
This recipe was misleading. There was way too much flour. Im sure it would be delicious if the dough had not been so drastically filled with flour. Most unfortunately, our recipe only made 8 cookies. Any suggestions as to how to make this recipe better??
Happy Holidays
2 stars

  Morgen Star in San Diego, CA  Dec 15, 2011
Would make this again.
I was unsure if I should make these due to the mixed reviews but I was pleasantly surprised! I do agree that the dough could have a bit more flavor though.
I had plenty of the filling leftover after rolling out the balls so I rolled each cookie in the filling followed by the topping.
4 stars

  A cookie baker in Myrtle Beach  Dec 23, 2010
Would not make this again.
The dough was dry and had an overwhelming taste of flour and was too bland but the filling was delicious. 3 stars

  Annie  Dec 12, 2010
Would make this again.
Adding peppermint extract to the filling makes it amazing! the more peppermint, the better because this recipe can be bland. 4 stars

  Nicole Brewington in Haines, Alaska  Dec 15, 2009
Would make this again.
I accidentally put what I thought was too much peppermint extract in the dough. To my surprise, it was aweome! With my mistake tweek, I nearly doubled the peppermint. I also reserved some of the filling for the top. It worked nicely for the sugar to stay on. The dough i melt in your mouth good! 5 stars

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