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Peppermint Snowball Cookies Recipe

A soft buttery pecan cookie topped with white chocolate and peppermint candy pieces!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Chill Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 34 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best christmas cookies, christmas, Christmas Cookies, Cookies
Servings: 50
Calories: 156kcal


  • Large Bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Plastic Wrap


  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces white candy coating (or almond bark) (melted)
  • ½ cup crushed candy cane pieces


  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar using an electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy (will take about 5 minutes).
  • Beat in vanilla and then slowly beat in flour.
  • Fold in pecans.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in fridge until dough is firm enough to shape (takes 2-3 hours).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Shape dough into 1" balls. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake until lightly browned, about 13-15 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from hot pans and let cool completely.
  • Dip tops of cooled cookies in melted white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.


  • Short on time? If you don't have time to let the dough chill for 2 hours, shape dough into balls and place on a pan, then stick the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes. Cook them as directed and they should turn out great!
  • You can purchase pre-crushed candy canes, but some of the pieces may still be too big for these cookies, so you might need to crush them a little more before using on top of cookies.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg