Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Peppermint Snowball Cookies - easy cookies dipped in chocolate and candy cane pieces

Yesterday we had our first big snow storm of the season.  Some parts of the state were under a blizzard warning.  I am so glad we only got about 4 inches of the white stuff.

Want to know a secret?  I don’t like snow.  Oh, I don’t mind it one day a year when I can watch it coming down from inside my window.  Sooner or later though I have to leave our warm cozy house and head to the store for groceries.   There are others in my house who get grumpy when we don’t have real food for dinner :-)  

Want to know what else I don’t like about snow?  Getting things ready for kids to go play in the snow.  That means finding gloves, hats, boots, coats, and socks that will fit everyone.  This is getting easier the older the kids get because they are able to put it all on themselves now.  Although there is still the occasional fit throwing when someone doesn’t want to wear the snow apparel I have dug out for them.  Who cares if they don’t match? Or if the youngest boy wears an old girl coat?  Right?  I mean the coat is brown, and all he is going to do is play outside.  I wouldn’t expect him to wear it to school or something.  But eventually the thrill of snow gets to them and they put on all the gear and head out.  I get an hour of quiet before I have to send them to the basement to peel off the layers and deal with all the snow on the floor.

I know this sounds like I’m complaining.  Honest I’m not…I just don’t care for the cold.  My husband calls me a snow grinch because of my attitude toward snow.  I don’t have a bad attitude…I just don’t like it. At all!!!  But I live in the Midwest, so I suppose I better come to terms with the snow.

Peppermint Snowball Cookies - easy cookies dipped in chocolate and candy cane pieces

Even though I don’t like the white cold snow, I will gladly take a tray of these snowball cookies any day!!!  Last week I was able to share these with Katrina’s Bring the Cookie event.  And today I am sharing the recipe with you.

This cookie recipe is one that I have been making every single Christmas since my husband and I got married.  I am not really sure when or where I found this recipe, but it isn’t the holiday season until I make them.

Traditionally these are supposed to be rolled in powdered sugar while they are warm making them white like a snowball.  But I have a habit of adding chocolate to almost every single thing that I make, so I like to dip them in white chocolate and top them with crushed candy canes at Christmas time.

Peppermint Snowball Cookies - easy cookies dipped in chocolate and candy cane pieces

You can also make these year round by just changing out the extract to another flavor and topping them with sprinkles.  These are one of my all time favorite cookies to make.  They just seem to melt in your mouth.  Give them a try and you will see why I love them so much.



Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Mint shortbread cookies dipped in white chocolate and candy canes.


1/2 c. butter
1 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 and 1/2 cups flour
4 oz. white chocolate (Candiquik)
8 whole candy canes, smashed


  1. Stir together salt and flour. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and extracts. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture. Dough will be crumbly, but you can press it into a dough ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
  2. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and bake on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Melt chocolate. Dip the tops of the cookies into the chocolate and roll in crushed candy canes. Place on waxed paper to harden. Makes about 3 dozen.

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  1. says

    Eek! I love these tender, minty cookies! We don’t get snow here in Northern California, so I don’t really know what it’s like to pack up and get ready for a day in the powder, but we DID get a TON of rain this weekend and couldn’t go anywhere without heavy-duty rainboots and a coat–unusually for CA!
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  2. Sandi says

    Not fair! We were seriously in a bubble and didn’t get jack. It never snowed here! Looking at the radar, it was seriously in every town surrounding us. We were all very disappointed! Oh and my girls said, YUM when they saw me looking at these pictures. :0)

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      When mine were little it seemed to take so long, and then they didn’t want to stay out for very long! It is getting better now that they are older, but they still complain about the gloves and stuff:-)

  3. says

    Oh I love Snow! Everyone at work tries to put a Curse on me every time I do my Snow dance and hope that we get 10 feet of snow! I tell them they should be happy with that much snow we wouldn’t have to come to work! These cookies do look great and I think they would look amazing for Valentines day!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Sorry but I would be putting a curse on your snow dance too :-) Snow and I just don’t get along that well…unless I can stay indoors all winter long. And with kids to take to school and groceries to buy…that’s not going to happen. But somebody has to like the white stuff, so it’s all you girl :-)

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I’m glad I’m not the only one to keep cranking out the cookies! Thank you so much Sally…that means so much coming from you :-) All the peppermint chunks on top were definitely the best part!!! Have a wonderful New Years Day girl!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thanks girl! It was a fun one to shoot! And all winter long I keep wishing I was in a warm place…snow is not fun!!!

  4. Esther says

    These looks amazing!! I want to make them for Christmas this year. I am looking at the recipe and I don’t see the temperature. Is it 325F like most snowball cookies I see? Thanks!!


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