Cookies for the Grandchildren

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.

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.

My grandson Landon has been staying with me this week while his parents are working, and tomorrow I'm expecting my other two grandchildren, Ginger and Charlie, to be here from out of town to visit. Landon loves to help around the house; he counted out 10 candy canes for me, then I gave him a meat hammer and let him take care of the crushing for me. He's just as good as a food processor.

I had 28 cookies in my batch.

Cool for a few minutes before rolling in powdered sugar. I think my cookies spread out more than Marsha's did. Hers seemed a little more round, but these were delicious anyway.

These Peppermint Snowball Cookies are so delicate and light and seriously melt in your mouth.


  1. Isn't it nice that you have such a good helper?? The cookies look wonderful & I know they're delicious!!

  2. What a cute kitchen helper you have! I love these cookies--what a great idea to add the crushed candy canes! I wish I had done that with the ones I made.

  3. These look so fun to make with a little helper! I have a friends son that is allergic to peanuts too and always try to make something special when they visit. Have fun with your grandchildren! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party and have a Merry Christmas :)

  4. Anita these look so good! I was going to make snowball cookies with mini chocolate chips in the today but now I'm making two batches so we can have these too. They look delicious!!!

  5. So cute and tasty looking! Marsha has come great recipes over there!

  6. My grandchildren are coming tomorrow. Now, I know what we can do. Thanks.

  7. These look fabulous...and so easy to make!! think I'm going to give it a try this weekend with my three "little helpers". Thank you for sharing!

  8. Hi Anita,
    Your little helper is just adorable and looks like he can hardly wait for the finished cookie. My Grandchildren would just love these cookies. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  9. Merry Christmas Anita! Thank you for linking these to Foodie Friday! These look excellent! Not Your Ordinary Agent
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  10. Hi Anita, I just came from Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday. How lucky to have a terrific helper this time of the year. I too am lucky to have helpers and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    I love your peppermint cookies, I'm going to try these next week when 'all is calm' and I have lots of candy canes left over.

    Thanks so much for sharing, and have a wonderful holiday!

  11. I am on a Peppermint Streak so I'm happy I stopped over from Sweet Indulgence's link up. I am going to try to make these cookies with my kids this weekend. Check out my peppermint bark for some more minty fun: http"//www.myjudythefoodie.com/2011/12/holiday-peppermint-bark/

  12. These cookies look great!
    I'm sure the kids enjoyed baking them and eating them as well!:)

  13. I love baking with my kids, these look like a great recipe for them to help with.

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Thanks for linking up to Momtrends.com Friday Food!

  14. These cookies look so cute and fun to make. My younger son loves peppermint so I know he would enjoy these. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  15. So glad you posted this! One of my favorites, but I couldn't find the recipe! I'll be pinning this :)

  16. Hi Anita! I have always made cookies with my kids and grand kids, it's so much fun and such good memories! Your grand son looks like such a good helper! Thank you for your recipe!

  17. What a sweet surprise! Tickled you added these to your 'lineup' of tasty cookies. Can't imagine it took me this long to find your great post! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    1. I can't believe that was 2011! The grandchildren at teenagers now, but they still like baking and eating cookies!