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Peppermint Snowballs

Peppermint Snowballs

Peppermint Snowballs

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Peppermint Snowballs
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Course: Hand-shaped Cookies, Ball CookiesDifficulty: Medium



A snowball/teacake-type cookie with a peppermint filling. A surprising update to a classic cookie!


  • 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 (see note *, below)

  • 1 drop red food coloring

  • For the dough:
  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (hint: reviewers highly suggest peppermint extract!)

  • 2-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (see important note**, below)

  • For the topping:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 6 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candy or candy canes (optional, not pictured)


  • Make the filling:
  • Combine cream cheese and milk in a small bowl. Stir in sugar, candy and food coloring; mix well. Set aside.
  • Make 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 and soft and pliable. 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:
  • Make the topping by combining the powdered sugar with the optional crushed candy. Roll warm (not hot) cookies in the topping mixture. Set on wire racks to cool completely.


  • * To crush the candy canes, place in a plastic bag and bang on them with a hammer, or quickly zip them in a food processor.
  • ** Important note: this is a vintage recipe from a time when sifting flour was a thing. In order to get the right quantity of flour, you MUST SIFT THE FLOUR FIRST, then measure it. Sifting flour actually reduces the amount of flour (by weight) that fits in one cup. If you measure before you sift, or if you don’t sift at all, you will NOT get the proper amount of flour and your recipe will be too dry.
  • Originally published in the 1969 promotional booklet from the Wisconsin Electric Power Company. The entire 1969 Christmas Cooky Book is available for download on their website.


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These are great for parties because one is enough so ur not making a whole bunch!
- A Baker

I had this recipe in the original Wisconsin Elec. Co booklet but lost it. I'm so happy to find it again. Its a great cookies to include on a cookie plate.
- A Baker

we both thought it was great, we were scared at first because we never made them before but now we will make them again.
- A Baker

I usually make snowball cookies but have never heard of peppermint snowballs! They were delicious! Love em!
- Jen

it is a wonderful cookie! The whole family enjoyed it!
- A Baker

they are awesome but could use a little more flavor!!!!!!
- A Baker

I just made the peppermint snowball cookies, and they came out great! I did adjust the recipe for high altitude -- I added 1/8 of a cup of water to the cookie dough, and baked for 15 minutes instead of 10-12 minutes. I'm sure my family will love them!
- Baker in Boulder

My mother and grandmother have made these for years. Now I make them at christmas and my kids just love them! It wouldn't be christmas without them.
- A Baker

First time i tried these....Not a 5 star cookie..very bland...needs more flavor..
- A Baker

Adding peppermint extract to the filling makes it amazing! the more peppermint, the better because this recipe can be bland.
- Annie

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!
- Nicole Brewington in Haines, Alaska

The dough was dry and had an overwhelming taste of flour and was too bland but the filling was delicious.
- A Baker

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.
- Morgen Star in San Diego, CA
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