Candy Cane Snowdrift Cookies

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Candy Cane Snowdrift Cookies

Okay, it’s officially cold.

Not outside, actually. The D.C. area is expecting a balmy 60 degrees through the week. But in my office, the temperature has dropped like a rock. It makes me want to put on a blanket and eat these cookies while my students huddle into their sweaters.

These cookies are my favorite, and I’ve upped the fun by sticking a candy cane Kiss in the middle. They melt down in the oven, making for a perfect surprise center. Hello, holiday cookie!


Now it’s time for me to vent, so get ready.

Did you know that women freeze in their offices all the time because the average temperature in any building is set to a man’s sense of heat and cold? In other words, even the dang HVAC system all over the country is sexist.

Candy Cane Snowdrift Cookies

Seriously, I’m tired of accommodating for a man’s world. Folks, I’m petite. I’m gonna be cold at work for the next several months. But it isn’t just the temps. It’s little things, like how I’m always jumping up (in heels, mind you) to reach shelves in stores, which makes me look and feel ridiculous. It’s how the water cooler refill at work is impossible to lift and put on the stand without getting water everywhere. And it’s how people expect me to be good at crafty things, just because I’m a female.

Really, guys. I can’t craft to save my life. Zero interest. I try to tie bows on things and it doesn’t work. I’ve heard of decoupage, but for years I just thought it was something dirty.

Candy Cane Snowdrift Cookies

So as I sit here freezing my butt off, I’d rather think about what’s all fine and dandy in my world, and that’s holiday cookies. Lots and lots of them! Like these.

The dough for these is made with powdered sugar instead of granulated. That makes the consistency of these cookies completely different from any other holiday cookie. You can call these snowballs, but I made them flatter to make that filling spread out more evenly throughout the cookie. You can call them wedding cookies, but ain’t nobody getting married right now.

Candy Cane Snowdrift Cookies

So instead, I call them snowdrifts. These are a dreamy, soft, minty sweet escape from the perils of life. One bite of these and I totally forget that I’m cold. In fact, winter seems kind of quaint, just for a minute.

And when the cookies are all done, I can rail about the patriarchy controlling my office temps until I stick another cookie in my mouth. Seems like a perfect routine, really.

Candy Cane Snowdrift Cookies

As the winter looms and we get more easily irritated by life’s little inconveniences, remember to be grateful for holiday cookies. I know I am!


Candy Cane Snowdrift Cookies


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup powdered sugar (for rolling baked cookies into)
10 unwrapped candy cane Kisses


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour and salt and beat again until the dough forms.
  3. Take a candy cane Kiss and place into a wad of dough, and place another wad on top. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on your cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are just starting to brown.
  4. Wait 5 minutes and roll the cookies in the powdered sugar carefully. You don't want to press down, or the cookies will crumble. Wait a few minutes, and then roll them a second time.
  5. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Sues

    I’m always cold in my office, too! These look incredible… Love that filling!
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    1. Mir

      Down with cold offices! I hate it so much, Sues!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I eat more this time of year to bulk up so I’m not cold. It’s working! 🙂 Also, decoupage, LOL!!! LOVE THESE, obvi!!
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    1. Mir

      That’s a great strategy, Dorothy. And yeah, no idea why decoupage has such a fancy and weird name!

  3. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    What a surprise filling these cookies have! Looks amazing!
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    1. Mir

      I love a surprise in the middle, Jasline!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’m always cold, even when it’s 90 degrees out! I’m lucky that it’s going to be in the 50s this week and not colder for this time of year. These cookies look so pretty, Mir! I love to curl up with a few of these and a big mug of hot chocolate!
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    1. Mir

      I’m always cold, too, Gayle! I’m all about the 100-degree heat. Gotta move to a warm climate!

  5. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    I’m not petite, Mir, but I do have poor circulation. The windows in my classroom were installed in the 1960’s, and there’s such a draft in my room. I am always wearing a sweater or scarf to warm up. These cookies are a wonderful distraction from the lack of actual heat in our lives. 🙂 I love that surprise kiss in the middle of these snowdrifts. Yum!
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    1. Mir

      Those old buildings and windows are the draftiest! Hope your classroom warms up with all those kids in there!

  6. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    My office is in my home, so it’s actually nice and warm, but I still eat extra in winter to stay warm.
    I have actually never had a candy cane before!
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    1. Mir

      Whoa, Dannii, that is a huge life thing! Try a candy cane this year!

  7. Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient

    I love adding a mint surprise, even better if it mixes in chocolate! Great recipe, thank you for sharing!
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    1. Mir

      I couldn’t agree more, Mary!

  8. annie@ciaochowbambina

    I am all about these dreamy, soft, minty sweet escapes…And when I’m not eating these I’ll have to carry around a space heater. I’ll need more cookies just for convenience sake! These look delectable, my friend! mmmmm!
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    1. Mir

      That’s so funny because I actually carry around a little space heater. It’s a lifesaver!

  9. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    I think this may be my favorite cookie name ever! And they look like they taste amazing too!
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    1. Mir

      They did, Kate. Now all gone! 🙂

  10. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    Looks like a perfect holiday cookie! Amazing texture too!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Melanie. The texture is my favorite part!

    2. Kayleigh

      They look great. I love biscotti and as you say, it's so helpful that they keep well. You've reminded me that I ha39e&#vn;t made any for ages. Must rectify that. I have a recipe already, but it's quite sweet so I might try yours instead!

  11. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Love how these are stuffed with the candy cane kisses! Such a cute surprise 🙂
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    1. Mir

      They are very cute!

  12. Aria

    Argh! How aggravating! I’m always cold!
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    1. Mir

      Yep! It really sucks.

  13. mira

    This is so true! I share your opinion! I;m always cold!!! These cookies are gorgeous as usual! Pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! See, women need to revolt against the cold!

  14. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I’m always cold too. I think that’s just part of winter. But cookies definitely help – and these look amazing!
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    1. Mir

      And you’re in Canada too, so yep. You must be used to it!

  15. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I feel your pain, Mir! 🙂 hang in there, bring an extra sweater and eat more cookies! 😛 I love the fun candy cane Kiss in the middle!! perfect for the holidays!
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    1. Mir

      I’ve got coping strategies, Alice! A heated blanket at work is awesome and my students make fun of me. It’s perfect! Thanks!

  16. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Hahahaha! You always make me laugh. You have the most eloquent and funny approach to TRUE life situations. I totally agree that we live in a man’s world, but I had NO idea HVAC systems are set to what men prefer as far as temp. I can tell you that in THIS house, our thermometer is set to MY preference. Boy pitched a fit for, like, a week and finally gave up. #GirlPower. You should make signs and picket about the temperature setting… I mean how can you possibly teach either A) Freezing Cold or B) With Cookies constantly in your mouth?! Anyways, these cookies look fabulous! LOVE the powdered sugar up in here! And that candy cane kiss center?! YAAAHHHSSS! Pinned! Cheers, doll! <3
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    1. Mir

      Girl, my house is my way, so I’m with you there. If the temps go below 74, I revolt. But man, I can’t control my office! What a bummer!

  17. Amanda

    As someone who is cold when it’s 75 degrees out, I feel your pain. I’m just naturally cold. Someday I think I might invest in a large rock, place it out in the sun, and then curl up on it to warm myself up like a cold-blooded animal.
    These cookies look so cute. They really put me in a festive mood. And I can’t get enough of those Christmas kiss flavors.
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    1. Mir

      That rock is SUCH a good idea! Let me know if it works, and I’ll get one, too!

  18. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Well this is genius!! A mint kiss in the middle sounds heavenly for sure. We freeze at my office too. I work for a doctor who does surgery and needs it to be cold at ALL times. We have space heaters under our desk. Happy Holidays Mir! LOVE these cookies. 😉
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    1. Mir

      That’s good for your feet and legs, but what about the rest of you? I’d be FREEZING!

  19. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I do not like to be cold either. My hubby gets so mad when he comes home and I have the heat blasting away! LOL! These are such a fun cookie! I love the hidden center! Next week I have a cookie to share that is very similar. Great minds think alike 🙂
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    1. Mir

      He can’t get mad, Jocelyn! We need our heat!

  20. Aaron

    Wow, the cookies looked absolutely fresh – it makes me crave for a fresh batch right now! Thanks for sharing the recipe and hopefully I am lucky enough to make it look as decent as yours.

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