Peppermint Crunch Balls


Peppermint Crunch Balls

Peppermint Crunch Balls
1 Hr
10 Min

Call 'em Candy Cane Cookies, call 'em Peppermint Crunch Balls... They won't be able to keep their hands out of the holiday cookie jar when you bake up a batch of these buttery, minty sweets! Talk about a festive Christmas cookie recipe you'll want to make year after year!

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup (2-sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely crushed candy canes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and the peppermint and vanilla extracts; beat until well blended.
  2. Gradually add flour and salt; mix until thoroughly blended. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.
  4. In a small bowl, combine candy cane crumbs and granulated sugar. Shape chilled cookie dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in the candy cane mixture, coating completely. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool completely.


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I added some red food coloring to one batch and green to the other.


there was really no flavor in the dough. Tastes just bland even with the 1/2 tsp vanilla/ peppermint. Otherwise cookie shapes fine. Maybe up the peppermint and or add candy to the inside of the cookie ball.

How well do they keep? I have a lot of cooking to do and need to start as early as possible since some of my cooking can only be done Christmas eve or Christmas day.

These cookies keep well in an airtight container for up to one week. We do not recommend freezing or refrigerating them, as this will change the consistency of the cookie. Enjoy!

Wouldn't it be better to use parchment paper with all of that candy? I would think the pan would get pretty messy

Yes, you can certainly use parchment paper and it would help with the cleanup process! We don't always ask our readers to use parchment paper as some people would think they cannot make the recipe if they don't have it. Enjoy!

But, how do you cook them to stay like a ball ?

In step 4 it stats to shape cookie dough like a ball. The best way to do this is to just roll the dough between your hands. Once you place them on the cookie sheet to bake, they will bake in the ball shape. Enjoy!

This recipe was so quick and easy. It turned out very good too.


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