I have been so inspired by all the Christmas goodies I have seen on Pinterest and on the blogs, there's just not time to make them all. One of the bakers who inspires me is Marsha at The Better Baker. She made these little candy cane snowball cookies, and when I saw them I immediately thought of my grandson Charlie. I'm always looking for good treat recipes to make for him that are nut free. He's allergic to all types of nuts, so I have to be careful with my baked goodies when he visits. Her recipe looked like one he would enjoy, so I tried my version of these cookies today.
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.
These Peppermint Snowball Cookies are so delicate and light and seriously melt in your mouth.