Monday, July 8, 2013

Peppermint Snow Ball Cookies

I picked these cookies out of Gooseberry Patch’s “Garfield… Recipes with Cattitude!” cookbook because they remind me a lot of the butterball cookies that my mom always made at Christmas. (I’m not really sure why we decided those are Christmas cookies. These are more Christmas-y with the peppermint addition. But I guess it means there’s not always powdered sugar- and butter-filled cookies sitting around the house. Which is good. Most of the time.)

peppermint snow ball cookies

Anyway. Here's the cookbook. But you probably want the recipe. Winking smile

Garfield Recipes With Cattitude
Start with around 30 peppermint candies. Put them in a zip-top bag.

peppermint candies
And whack them with your meat tenderizer. Or rolling pin. Or hammer. Whatever is handy.

crushed peppermint candies
You want them to be finely crushed when you’re finished. Just beware, your bag will spring some leaks and you’ll have peppermint dust all over your counter.

peppermint candy dust
Mix about half of your crushed candy with 1/4 cup powdered sugar in a shallow bowl and set it aside. You’ll need it later.

peppermint candy and powdered sugar
In your electric mixer, combine 1 cup softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the rest of the crushed candy, and 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Mix it all together.

sugar butter and vanilla
Then mix in 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

add flour
I ended up with dough that looked like this. I realized that I used one stick of butter, instead of one cup of butter. Someday I will remember that one stick of butter = 1/2 cup, not 1 full cup. Someday.

dough too dry
While I was waiting for that second stick of butter to soften, I made some homemade dog biscuits. Why not?

When you have used the appropriate amount of butter, your finished cookie dough should look more like this.

the right amount of butter
Shape the dough into one-inch balls, and bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 325 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.

unbaked peppermint snowball cookies
Take the cookies out of the oven when they are set, but the outside is not browned. While still hot, roll them around in the candy-sugar mixture you prepared earlier.

baked peppermint snowball cookies
Once the cookies are completely cool, give them another roll in the candy-sugar mixture so they get nice and coated with the powdery stuff.

peppermint snow ball cookies

These cookies are very similar to our family’s butterball cookies. Our butterballs are a little more melt-in-your-mouth than these cookies. That’s probably because the only ingredients in the butterballs are powdered sugar and butter. And a few walnuts. (Seriously? I can’t believe I haven’t blogged that recipe yet… Guess what I’ll be doing in the next couple of weeks!)

These cookies are definitely going to become a Christmas staple around here. I love the mint flavor!

Here’s a printable recipe card for you…

peppermint snow ball cookies recipe card
Enjoy the sugary goodness!

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