Candy Cane Snowballs

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I know…another snowball recipe! I guess they’re just popular around here. Either that, or “snowball” is just a really good, generic name for any ball-shaped cookie dough that’s rolled in a sugar.

Regardless, these cookies are great! I’ve made these every year for the past 6 or 7 years at least. The kids really look forward to them.

I think one of my favorite things about these cookies is that making them becomes an event with the kids. There’s something they can all do to be involved, from the oldest to the youngest, that really helps with get the cookies finished.


Candy Cane Snowballs

  • 3 c. powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 2 t. vanilla (or if you’d prefer a stronger peppermint flavor, you can replace 1 t. of vanilla with a teaspoon of peppermint extract)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3/4 c. finely crushed candy canes, divided
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk

1. In a mixing bowl, beat 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and beat until combined.

2. 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.


3. 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.


4. 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.


I usually set my youngest kids up with the candy canes in a plastic zip-top bag and let them pound until their hearts’ content, although all the kids enjoy that job too. The kids can also roll out the dough and help with the decorating. Like I said, it’s a fun recipe for us all to be involved in. That definitely works for me!

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  1. Amy says:

    Hmmm, I think I’ll make these, too. :) We sampled your Santa’s Whiskers tonight. Even my coconut-hating hubby thought they were “pretty good.” ;-)

  2. Devon says:

    Yum…these look delicious. I love peppermint! Thanks for posting them!

  3. Twila says:

    I think maybe I’ll have to make these after Christmas. My husband likes to buy candy canes, and then they don’t get eaten. Last year I finally threw them away,but I think I’ll try these instead. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sonya says:

    These look so festive! I just made candy cane cookies this morning and Im thinking I need to give these a try aswell!

  5. angie says:

    this sounds delicious

  6. Kim Young says:

    Looks delicious!

  7. lynn says:

    looks delicious! THANKS for the fun recipe.

  8. Bette says:

    Great idea to have the kids pound the candycanes!! I think I’ll give these a try with the kiddos!

  9. Erika says:

    Made these because I thought they looked festive and didn’t think they would be a big hit but would still like them or be sent to my husband’s work but I was wrong…..My husband thanks you. He loves them! Thanks!

  10. Margie says:

    My daughter made these on Christmas Eve to use up the box of mini candy canes. Yummmy!! We all loved them and this will be added to our favorites.

  11. Isabel says:

    I love Snowball Cookies! My Mama would make these amazing, powdered sugar balls of love every Christmas….those cookies meant love and yummy to me. I remember coming home for the holidays and she would have a batch of these waiting for me with a large glass of milk.

    I lost my Mama to cancer in 2007….but through her recipes and these yummy cookies, she is always around me in the kitchen.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe….you’ve made me smile today.

  12. Jenni says:

    These look incredible! Can you tell me how many cookies this recipe makes? I’m thinking of making them for a cookie swap.

  13. Jocelyn says:

    These cookies are delightful! The only thing I changed was the glaze. I tried using organic powdered sugar, but this yielded a glaze with an unappealing shade of gray. So, I switched to a chocolate glaze made with melted chocolate chips. This worked great and looked lovely with the crushed candy canes on top. Thank you so much.

  14. Suzanne says:

    I was disappointed that mine didn’t turn out as rounded as pictured even though I rolled them into little balls. Maybe if refrigerated for 30-60 minutes before baking, they might have kept their cute little snowball shape. They were still tasty, though, and fun to make.

  15. These are really good! I didn’t make the glaze for them (ran out of icing sugar) but the cookies are still really good without the glaze. I’m glad I made them. I’ve been meaning to make them for a while now.

  16. melissa alphin says:

    yum!!!!! i will make these :)

  17. Chelsey says:

    Have you you ever frozen these? I would love to make them because they look amazing but need to make a lot of stuff early because of time.


  18. Sandy says:

    These are so pretty. I want to make them for a cookie swap, but need to make them early. Can they be frozen?

  19. Caitlin says:

    These didn’t work for me at all they turned flat like chocolate chip cookies. They didn’t stay balls.

  20. Caitlin says:

    Is it really a tablespoon of baking powder?

  21. Katherine says:

    These sound great, thanks for sharing.

  22. Haleigh Wharton says:

    How many snowballs does the recipe yield?

  23. Lindsey says:

    I made these cookies tonight I used one teaspoon of baking soda and they turned out good! I didn’t see if anyone has had any luck freezing them but I will be trying it out:) thanks for sharing!!!

  24. Dot says:

    I made these tonight for a cookie swap – quick and easy – start to finish in about an hour! The recipe easily yields 4 dozen cookies. Crushed the candy canes in the blender – worked really well! I would skip the mint extract unless you want them really minty. These are so good I am going to make them again for my Christmas Eve party and might try the chocolate drizzle too!

  25. Linda says:

    Just made these for a Pinterest Party tonight. Yummy! I refrigerated dough before scooping out. I think I made them too big … got only 3 dozen; but they are cute and round. Also, I should have let them cool more before glazing … then more glaze would have stayed on top. Would make again. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Amy says:

    Do you have to keep these refrigerated after you make them? I ask this only because you have milk in the glaze. Is there another glaze that I could try that doesn’t use milk? (I’m kinda leery of dairy stuff not being refrigerated…It’s a southern thing…) :) Thanks for sharing…

  27. Jane says:

    I made these for a cookie exchange and everyone loved them.

  28. Erin says:

    Oh my!! These are just delicious. I skipped the glaze because I was short on time, so just threw the extra candy canes into the dough. They are still amazing!! Used my small cookie scoop and got just shy of 5 dozen. I am hiding them before my hubbie and kids eat them all! ;) . Thanks so much for sharing! Happy holidays!!

  29. Maxine says:

    OMG i just love these! so easy to make and good with or without the glaze and you know they are good if my kids wont wait for them to cool completely (they are 8, 4, and 2 with the 4 and 2 yr olds Autistic) i found a new seasonal favorite. Thank you so much for sharing these.

  30. Jennifer says:

    Made these for my sons class and they are wonderful!! Perfect recipe! Good with and without frosting!!!

  31. Paula says:

    Making these for my neighborhood Christmas gifts, they look fantastic and so easy to make.

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    I make these every year. But your directions don’t say when/how to add the granulated sugar..I just realized that this year, and I think I have been leaving it out in years past. I’m assuming you add it during step #1??

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