Is it Christmas season or Cookie season? These peppermint pitted snowball cookies will make you think that it is absolutely cookie season. These snowball cookies pack a mouthful of flavour on a bite-sized cookie. They absolutely melt in your mouth.
One important step in making the peppermint pitted snowball cookies is to chill the dough. It has to be cool enough to not get greasy while you are rolling them into snowball cookies.
Supplies needed for The Peppermint Pitted Snowball Cookies
- Baking Sheets
- Mixing bowl
- Hershey‘s Kisses – peppermint
- Nut Chopper
- Parchment paper. or Silpat liner
Why you should sift the flour
Some people like to skip the step that involves sifting the flour. It isn’t necessary in all recipes but when the recipe calls for it, don’t skip it.
Sifting flour breaks up any of the tiny lumps or clumps that are in the flour. It makes the flour lighter and allows for proper mixing with the other ingredients in the recipe. There are many ways to sift the flour. Some people use a sieve, while others use the traditional style of sifter. I like the old-fashioned sifter with the handle on the side. It is faster and has wire agitators that break up the flour.
A good quality sifter will last you for years. I have two sifters, one was my grandmother’s and one was my mother’s. I’ve used others but ended up donating them and I stick to the old-fashioned reliable ones.
How finely to chop the nuts.
These Peppermint pitted snowballs are a bite-sized cookie. The nuts need to be finely chopped so that they are not lumpy in the cookie. You want to have a nice smooth ball for the finished cookie and if the nuts are not fine enough you will have lumps. I use a chopper, to chop the walnuts in this recipe. The chopper gets the nuts smaller than using a knife and you can complete the chopping in a few seconds.
Parchment Paper Vs.wax paper.
I have been asked a few times what the difference is. Shouldn’t they both perform the same? Well, the answer is no. Parchment paper is coated with a super-thin coating of silicone. The coating makes it non-stick. It is perfect for making. It can be used to line cakes pans, on cookie trays, wrapping meat, and almost anything that’s going in the oven to bake.
Wax (or waxed) paper, is exactly what the name says. It has a coating of wax on both sides. It is perfect for lining pans that will not be going into the oven such as Rice Krispie squares, fudge and recipes that are not going into the oven. We use waxed paper regularly to separate layers of cookies of meats that are being stored in containers. For our peppermint pitted snowballs, use parchment paper or. Silpat liner on your baking tray.
Recipe for peppermint Pitted Snowball Cookies
Peppermint Pitted Snowball Cookies
- 1 cup Butter – softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 cup Walnuts – finely chopped
- 24 Hershey's peppermint kisses
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
- Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla until so and fluffy.
- Add sifted flour and walnuts and blend well.
- Chill dough for at least 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 °
- Remove all wrappings from hershey's kisses.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use approximately 1 tbsp of dough to cover a hershey's kiss.
- Shape each one into a round ball, making sure the kiss is not visible and completely covered.
- Bake on parchment paper for aproximiately 12 minutes. Do not let get brown.
- Let cool slightly until they are warm.Roll in powdered sugar.
- Chill and store in a tightly sealed container.
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Storing the Peppermint Pitted Snowballs
Store the peppermint pitted snowballs in the refrigerator in an airtight container. if you are not serving right away. They can also be frozen in an airtight container. Separate layers with wax or parchment paper. When storing in an airtight container, wait until the cookies have completely cooled before placing them in layers.
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