Buttery peppermint snowballs cookies are the perfect accompaniment to tree–trimming, carol-singing, or just relaxing with a cup of tea!
It’s Christmas cookie time…the most wonderful time of the year! I do love making cookies at this time of year, not only because, well, COOKIES, but also because it is a traditional part of how we ring in the the holidays at our house. From the chocolate chip cookies that I’ve been making for my brothers and sister since we were all kids, to the peanut butter cookies that Grandma makes for the Santa cookie jar, cookies are an essential part of Christmas around these parts. And we always love to add new ones to the list. I’m particularly happy about these buttery, sugary, easy, peppermint snowballs!
And speaking of traditions, here’s a quick one of a beloved one of ours that takes place at Grandma and Grandpa’s house every year. My dad has collected over 40 nutcrackers over the years. Not only does he have a handsome number of the traditional kind, but he also has special ones, from one that looks like Abraham Lincoln to one that looks like a Clemson Tiger. They spend 11 months of the year sleeping in the attic in their boxes, but at the beginning of the year we have the the traditional Putting Out Of The Nutcrackers.
It is important to make sure all nutcrackers are in good working order.
And are carried very carefully to their place.
During this process, it is also essential to stop for some tickling time with one of your favorite uncles.
And when you are done, to get your picture taken with one of your favorites.
After you are all finished, it’s time for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and maybe a cookie or two. Nutcracker placing can make a guy famished.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? If they also involve cookies, I’m extra-eager to hear about them. And if they don’t, maybe you want to start a new tradition with some peppermint snowball cookies? Let the holiday baking begin!Print
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 cups flour
- 20 hard peppermint candies, crushed into fine crumbs
- 1/2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar for rolling
- Beat butter with mixer until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, followed by peppermint extract and then flour until everything is well-combined. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll chilled dough into approximately one inch balls and roll in peppermint candy, pressing slightly to get the candy to stick to the sides,
- Bake for 20 minutes. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, roll while still hot in powdered sugar. and sprinkle additional peppermint candy on top.
Adapted from AROUND THE SOUTHERN TABLE