Snowball Cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. They’re basically a sugar cookie in ball form, rolled in powdered sugar and are addicting!
And with a bit of crushed candy canes on top to add a little peppermint flavor, this is sure to be a holiday hit!
As a kid, one of my favorite holiday cookies were my grandmother’s snowball cookies. They traditionally have pecans in them and rolled in powdered sugar and I love them like that.
But I wanted to snazz them up a bit with some crushed candy canes to give a little peppermint flavor for fun
The powdered sugar coating makes a soft, almost dough-like consistency that I found addicting as a child. I thought they were actually rolled in dough as a kid!
on the inside they can be soft, or crunchy depending on your preference. It’s all about how long you cook them.
Optionally, you can dust a little more powdered sugar on top of your snowball cookies after they’ve set – or you just enjoy making an absolute mess for photos and want to bust out the vacuum at the end!
For the candy canes, I found waiting for the powdered sugar to set around the snowball cookies made it easier to get them to stick. Otherwise you’re pressing them in risking breaking them.
I’d imagine using a spritz of water might help to get them to stick to, but I’m just thinking out loud. But its worth a try!
Peppermint and Pecan Snowball Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks – softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup separated
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups white flour
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 3 candy canes
- With your oven preheated to 375 F, mix butter 1/2 cup powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract in a stand mixer for about 2 minutes until evenly incorporated.
- While your stand mixer is stirring on medium low setting, gradually add in flour until it turns into a dough.
- Place onto a large cookie sheet (or two medium sized cookie sheets) lined with parchment paper. Bake 8-10 minutes until the bottom is light brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for about until its cook the touch.
- Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar to a bowl or plate and roll cookies into powder sugar until evenly coated and place back on cooling rack.
- Once cookies are completely cooked (about 10 minutes) place crushed candy canes on top of the cookies and enjoy!