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Peppermint Cookie Balls

Published May 09, 2008        by Nicole

Peppermint cookie balls are some of the most fun desserts that you can make for Christmastime. These tasty treats are great for cookie gift baskets, cookie tins, or simply just for setting out when your family and friends come visit.

The dough:

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together until fluffy. Add the flour and walnuts and blend to form dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Candy Mixture for the Garnish:

  • 1/4 lb. of peppermint candy

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

In a small bowl, combine both ingredients. Set aside. Three tablespoons of this mixture will be used in the filling and the remainder is used to garnish cookie balls.

The Filling:

  • 2 tbsp. cream cheese, softened

  • 1 tsp. milk

  • 1 drop red food coloring

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 3 tbsp. candy mixture

In a bowl, blend together the cream cheese, milk, food coloring, and the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Blend in the 3 tbsp. candy mixture.Remove the dough from the fridge and for each cookie pinch off a rounded teaspoon of the dough. Form into a ball and shape the dough around your thumb to make a little compartment in the middle. Place about ¼ tsp. of the cream cheese filling in the depression. Pinch the dough back together and roll it back into a ball. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and filling. Place the balls on a non-stick cookie sheet.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not brown.

Remove the cookie balls to a cooling rack. To garnish, roll the cooled cookie ball in the remaining candy mixture.