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

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Candy


  • 3 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 1-4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp 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 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup finely crushed candy canes, divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk


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