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  • Prep 15min
  • Total30min
  • Servings24

Chocolate and whipped cream cookies rolled in chopped nuts and crushed candy canes.MORE+LESS-

ByGirl Who Ate Everything

Updated May 23, 2017



(7.0 oz) Hershey's® milk chocolate candy bars


container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 1/2

cups finely chopped pecans


candy canes, finely crushed (about 1/3 cup)


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  • 1

    Break the milk chocolate candy bars into pieces and place into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring in between. Let cool until just slightly warm.

  • 2

    While chocolate is cooling, chop pecans and crush the candy canes. An easy way to crush the candy canes is by placing them in a resealable plastic bag and using a rolling pin to crush them. Place chopped pecans and crushed candy canes on a plate and toss so they are incorporated. Set aside.

  • 3

    Place thawed whipped topping in a medium bowl and fold in chocolate gently. Mixture will be soft. Place back in the refrigerator to set up for 5-10 minutes if too soft.

  • 4

    Using a cookie scooper, scoop a walnut sized portion of the chocolate/whipped cream mixture and place it on the nut and candy cane mixture. Roll it around until it's fully coated. Place on a plate. Repeat with the remainder of the mixture. Place balls in the refrigerator (or freezer) until ready to serve.

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More About This Recipe

  • This recipe has been in my husband’s family for years. But this year, I surprised him with my own take on the family recipe -- crushed candy canes!These cookies are a light and airy ball of chocolate and whipped cream rolled in finely chopped nuts.This is one of those recipes that you don’t mess with. Except that I did – much to the horror of my husband who doesn’t like to stray from what he has known for years.But I wanted to make them a little more festive so I decided to roll them in some crushed candy canes as well. These Candy Cane Snowballs are a slight twist on a refreshing and chilly family recipe. I even caught my husband sneaking them from the refrigerator so I think he got over my slight variation.Happy Holidays!

Homemade Candy Canes

Although homemade candy canes require some time and energy, everyone's amazement and delight—including your own—will make the endeavor worthwhile. Candy canes from scratch look just as fun and festive as store-bought ones. They'll have a beautiful glossy sheen, twisting, bright stripes, and that traditional minty taste.

Like most hard sweets, candy canes call for a few basic ingredients: sugar, water, corn syrup, along with some peppermint extract for flavor and food coloring. The challenge lies in boiling the sugar, then pulling the candy until it's stiff but pliable, and finally, forming it into the right shapes. Because molten sugar requires careful attention, make sure to read the whole recipe thoroughly and set up your work station before you embark on this project. It's definitely wise to invest in a candy thermometer as well as heat resistant plastic gloves, since burning your fingers is a real danger. However, as long as you use the right equipment and exercise caution, you should not have trouble with this foolproof recipe in fact, it should be fun.

Candy Cane Snowballs

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

  • 3 c. powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 2 t. 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 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3/4 c. finely crushed candy canes, divided
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!

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Candy Cane Snowball Cookies

These shortbread-like cookies are complemented with a sweet candy and crushed peppermint coating. My best friend made these for me one Christmas, and they were instantly added to my ‘yearly Christmas cookie’ list.

Original recipe makes 5 dozen cookies


2 cups butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup crushed hard peppermint candies, or more as needed
8 ounces white confectioners’ coating, chopped


  1. Beat butter and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl until creamy stir vanilla extract into butter mixture. Gradually beat flour into mixture to make a smooth dough. Stir pecans into dough refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake cookies in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove to cool on wire racks.
  5. Place crushed peppermints into a shallow bowl. Microwave confectioners’ coating in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds stir. Continue heating in 15-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until coating is warm and smooth. Dip tops of cooled cookies in coating, then press into crushed candy. Set cookies aside to let coating set.


Calories: 127 kcal
Carbohydrates: 11.4 g
Cholesterol: 17 mg
Fat: 8.7 g
Fiber: 0.4 g
Protein: 1.2 g
Sodium: 48 mg

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