12/4/07

Peppermint Snow Balls or Peppermint Tea Cakes


Here is the second one I sent to my friend "M" yesterday when she emailed me asking for some of my families favorite cookies for a cookie swap. (*waving hello to M on this post too just in case she is reading it... because I think she visits this site). It's similar to the traditional tea cake recipe (Mexican Wedding Cakes, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs... all the same thing with different names) that so many people make during the holidays. This one gives a peppermint spin to it and also makes them a beautiful pink color when rolled in the crushed candies. Add it to your list! They are well worth it.




Peppermint Tea Cakes

1 c real butter
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 t peppermint extract
2 1/4 c flour

1/4 salt
3/4 c crushed peppermint candies (crush them in your food processor until fine)
powdered sugar for rolling... about a cup


Beat the butter, powdered sugar and extracts. Stir in flour and salt. Stir in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy. Shape into 1 inch balls and bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 400 for about 8 minutes. Let set on the cookie sheet for a minute or two to cool a bit and 'set up' and then roll them in the powdered sugar. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack and then roll in the remaining 1/2 c crushed peppermint candy.
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