Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Peppermint Snowball Cookies

10 candy canes

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Crush candy canes in a food processor, or with a hammer in a ziplock bag. Place crushed candy canes in mesh strainer and tap to remove candy cane powder. Reserve both powder and crushed candy.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla. Sift together flour, 1 teaspoon candy cane powder, and salt, then add gradually to creamed mixture. Blend 1/4 cup crushed candy canes into mixture.

Roll into balls using 1 tablespoon of dough for each. Place 1 inch apart on prepared pan. Bake until just barely browned, about 13 - 14 minutes.

Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with remaining candy cane powder. Let cookies cool for a few minutes before rolling in powdered sugar.