[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Snowballs (or moldy mice, or bullets, or Mexican wedding cakes, or whatever you want to call them) are a classic holiday cookie.

There's a reason why this cookie is a classic: they're buttery, they're nutty, they're sweet, but not in an aggressive way. A touch of salt works in perfect harmony with the nuts and butter, giving them a slightly addictive quality.

Far be it from me to say that the classic needs an upgrade, but I would like to state for the record that these cookies are rather nice when given a peppermint makeover.

All it takes to mint-ify these cookies is is a simple swap of the usual vanilla extract for peppermint, and instead of dusting the cookies twice with confectioners' sugar, you conduct the second coating with crushed candy canes. The resulting cookies are kissed with mint, which works rather well with the rich butter and nut mixture. It doesn't give this cookie a completely different personality, but it's different enough to make you appreciate snowballs anew.

Season's Sweetings!

About the author: Jessie Oleson Moore is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011, and her second book came out in May 2013.


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