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Candy Cane Snowballs

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 24

Chocolate and whipped cream cookies rolled in chopped nuts and crushed candy canes. MORE + LESS -

Girl Who Ate Everything
December 23, 2014


(7.0 ounce) Hershey's® milk chocolate candy bars
(8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/2
cups finely chopped pecans
candy canes, finely crushed (about 1/3 cup)


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  • 1
    Break the milk chocolate candy bars into pieces and place into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring in between. Let cool until just slightly warm.
  • 2
    While chocolate is cooling, chop pecans and crush the candy canes. An easy way to crush the candy canes is by placing them in a resealable plastic bag and using a rolling pin to crush them.
  • 3
    Place chopped pecans and crushed candy canes on a plate and toss so they are incorporated. Set aside.
  • 4
    Place thawed whipped topping in a medium bowl and fold in chocolate gently. Mixture will be soft. Place back in the refrigerator to set up for 5-10 minutes if too soft.
  • 5
    Using a cookie scooper, scoop a walnut sized portion of the chocolate/whipped cream mixture and place it on the nut and candy cane mixture. Roll it around until it's fully coated. Place on a plate. Repeat with the remainder of the mixture. Place balls in the refrigerator (or freezer) until ready to serve.

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More About This Recipe
  • This recipe has been in my husband’s family for years. But this year, I surprised him with my own take on the family recipe -- crushed candy canes!

    These cookies are a light and airy ball of chocolate and whipped cream rolled in finely chopped nuts.This is one of those recipes that you don’t mess with. Except that I did – much to the horror of my husband who doesn’t like to stray from what he has known for years.

    But I wanted to make them a little more festive so I decided to roll them in some crushed candy canes as well. These Candy Cane Snowballs are a slight twist on a refreshing and chilly family recipe. I even caught my husband sneaking them from the refrigerator so I think he got over my slight variation.

    Here’s how easy they come together: Melt the chocolate in the microwave until creamy and smooth.

    From here you want to let the chocolate cool a bit so that it doesn’t melt your whipped topping. While the chocolate is cooling, chop your nuts and crush your candy canes. Toss them together for a perfectly nutty and crunchy coating.

    Once the chocolate has cooled, gently fold it into the whipped topping.

    Now you are ready to get rolling! The easiest way to do this is to use a cookie scooper. Scoop a chocolate ball onto your nut and candy cane mixture and start rolling it until it is fully coated.

    Here’s when they usually start disappearing off the plate as people wander through the kitchen.

    If a couple of them actually make it past this stage, store them in the refrigerator for a chilly treat or even the freezer for an even chillier one!

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