Peppermint Snowballs Recipe

Peppermint Snowballs Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1/2 cup ground nuts, optional
FILLING
  1. 2 tablespoons PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon milk
  4. 3 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies
  5. 1 drop red food coloring, optional
TOPPING
  1. 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
  2. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour. Stir in nuts if desired. Knead dough until smooth and elastic. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. In small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, milk, candy and food coloring if desired. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a deep indentation in the center of each.
  3. Fill with 1/4 teaspoon filling. Cover with 1/4 teaspoonfuls of dough; seal and reshape into balls. Combine topping ingredients; roll balls in topping.
  4. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350┬░ for 12-14 minutes or until firm. Roll warm cookies in remaining topping; cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
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