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Peppermint Snowballs



  • 1 1/4 cups crushed peppermint candies (about 45 round candies)
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor finely grind peppermint candies and 1/3 cup sugar to a powdery consistency; transfer to a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening, and remaining 1 cup sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and extracts; beat until smooth.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
  6. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture; stir until a soft dough forms.
  7. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in candy mixture. For best results, place 6 cookies at a time on an ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Immediately roll hot cookies in candy mixture. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Repeat with remaining dough.
  11. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: about 5 1/2 dozen cookies


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