These shortbread-like cookies are complemented with a sweet candy and crushed peppermint coating. My best friend made these for me one Christmas, and they were instantly added to my 'yearly Christmas cookie' list.

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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat butter and confectioners' sugar in a bowl until creamy; stir vanilla extract into butter mixture. Gradually beat flour into mixture to make a smooth dough. Stir pecans into dough; refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 3 to 4 hours.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake cookies in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove to cool on wire racks.

  • Place crushed peppermints into a shallow bowl. Microwave confectioners' coating in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds; stir. Continue heating in 15-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until coating is warm and smooth. Dip tops of cooled cookies in coating, then press into crushed candy. Set cookies aside to let coating set.

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; 8.7 g total fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 48 mg sodium. 11.4 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2012
I made this recipe exactly as written but mine didn't come out looking so great. I chilled for about 5 hours but upon scooping and rolling them for the baking sheet they warmed slightly and as soon as they went into the oven they started to spread. Eventually they baked up semi-flat with light golden bottoms and crispy edges. Even so the flavor was really good even after a week they were still soft and buttery. They would also be great with almond extract instead of the vanilla. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2018
These are just like Mexican wedding cake cookies except they aren't rolled in powdered sugar. I'm thinking I'll try to find a different type of cookie to use the crushed peppermint candies on. Thanks though good recipe but just not with the peppermint candy Read More
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  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2012
I made this recipe exactly as written but mine didn't come out looking so great. I chilled for about 5 hours but upon scooping and rolling them for the baking sheet they warmed slightly and as soon as they went into the oven they started to spread. Eventually they baked up semi-flat with light golden bottoms and crispy edges. Even so the flavor was really good even after a week they were still soft and buttery. They would also be great with almond extract instead of the vanilla. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2012
I made this recipe exactly as written but mine didn't come out looking so great. I chilled for about 5 hours but upon scooping and rolling them for the baking sheet they warmed slightly and as soon as they went into the oven they started to spread. Eventually they baked up semi-flat with light golden bottoms and crispy edges. Even so the flavor was really good even after a week they were still soft and buttery. They would also be great with almond extract instead of the vanilla. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2012
AWESOME cookies! They are a shortbread type of cookie with the tops dipped in melted white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. I started out making just half a batch as I was not sure how they would turn out... loved them SO much that I am making another batch! I rolled into smaller balls maybe 1/2 inch balls so that I could make more.... I also adjusted the cooking time since I made them smaller I think 15 minutes and I started checking them.... a light light brown on the bottom tasted best..... Also I refrigerated the dough overnight and it was rock-hard so you have to allow at least 30 minutes to thaw before rolling into balls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2013
A little more work involved making these but so worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2013
I made these today and I am very happy how they turned out...the look great and are very yummy! I will make them again. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2018
While i try to follow exact recipe for an accurate review i did make a couple of changes. Because i already had white chocolate chips on hand that's what i used. I also did not add the nuts because they are so pricey. I enjoyed this cookie and received compliments. I literally crushed the canes with a sledge hammer sealed in a ziploc bag. it worked. Mine was very very tiny pieces almost powder which worked well. I didn't like the idea of biting into hard pieces of candy when eating a cookie. Check underside of cookie before end of baking time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2015
Followed the directions to the T. Not sure what happened but as soon as they went into the oven the spread and flattened. I thought they'd look more like a ball like the name suggests and the picture looks. Although they didn't turn out very pretty they taste really good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2016
Loved making these cookies!!! I made some w and without the peppermint on top. Some I added colored sprinkles!!! 5 star recipe!!!!!?? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2015
Made exactly as directed except didn't have any white chocolate so melted chocolate chips and dipped the cookies in the chocolate then dipped them into the peppermint like the directions say. Delicious!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2018
These are just like Mexican wedding cake cookies except they aren't rolled in powdered sugar. I'm thinking I'll try to find a different type of cookie to use the crushed peppermint candies on. Thanks though good recipe but just not with the peppermint candy Read More