Peppermint Snowballs

"Great for Christmas Bake Exchanges! From Parents Magazine December 2003."
 
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Ready In:
30mins
Ingredients:
9
Yields:
4 dozen
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ingredients

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directions

  • Heat oven to 400°F
  • In large bowl, with mixer on high, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Beat in vanilla and salt. Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in flour (dough will be very dry). Beat in oats, crushed candy canes, and 12-15 drops of red food coloring. Shape heaping teaspoons of dough into balls, place on ungreased baking sheets 1/2 inch apart, and bake 15 to 18 minutes per batch.
  • Place icing sugar in large bowl. Roll hot cookies in sugar, let cool completely, and repeat.

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  1. sheepdoc
    I made these as written except at 350 for 12 minutes. 4 candy canes looked like about the right amount. Did not get to putting in sugar when really hot - maybe 10 minutes. Probably could roll in powdered sugar again now that they are cold. I thought they would need extra peppermint extract but I didn't have any and they turned out great. Made 60 cookies. Half a cookie scoop size.
     
  2. blairie
    Very festive and pretty! I added 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract as some reviewers suggested. Rolling hot cookies in the sugar does create a pretty glaze. I've also dusted the cooled cookies with extra powdere sugar.
     
  3. pies & cakes & cookies ohmy!
    This is very similar to my almond snowballs, so I set the oven to 350* and the timer for 15 and they came out just fine. I added 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract at some others' suggestions and it made them just minty enough. I also added some red sanding sugar to my confectioners sugar for rolling and it gave them a very festive look. This is a fine recipe. Thanks for posting.
     
  4. Smiles3
    the icing sugar on the outside created the greatest glaze i have ever tasted definitley a great recipe to get rid of all those extra candy canses laying around after christmas although i used spearmint and vanilla mint candy canes
     
  5. boots
    Thanks for the recipie followed it to the tee and they were GREAT! thanks again.
     
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