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Candy Cane Snowballs

Put Candy Cane Snowballs at the top of your Christmas cookie list because everyone loves the buttery, sugary and peppermint-y taste in each delicious bite.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Christmas Cookies
Cuisine American


  • 3 cups Powdered sugar (divided)
  • 1 1/4 cup Butter (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla (or if you'd prefer a stronger peppermint flavor, you can replace 1 teaspoon of vanilla with a teaspoon of peppermint extract)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Finely crushed candy canes (divided)
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons Milk


  • In a mixing bowl, beat 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and beat until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Slowly add to mixing bowl, beating until combined, about 1 minute. Stir 1/2 cup finely crushed candy canes in by hand.
  • Roll dough into small balls using just under a teaspoon of dough. Rolls balls through granulated sugar to coat and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool.
  • While cookies bake, stir together remaining 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar with 2-3 T. of milk. Add just enough milk to form a thick glaze. Drizzle over cooled cookies and top with remaining crushed candy canes immediately.
Keyword Candy Cane Snowballs