Snowball Cookies Without Nuts are crumbly, buttery cookies coated in layers upon layers of powdered sugar. A classic Christmas cookie, snowballs typically contain chopped nuts but this nut-free version is just as delicious plain, or can even be sweetened up with chocolate chips instead! You can stuff Christmas tins full of these snowball cookies without any worry of nut allergies.
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Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cookies, or Russian Tea Cakes
What you may not know at first glance is that these snowball cookies are found across the globe, from the Americas to Russia and everywhere in between.
It seems like each culture adores these dainty cookies as much as the next!
The traditional recipe remains the same to get that dreamy and buttery base, but the add-ins can vary from recipe to recipe.
Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts are often commonly found, but after spending a few hours on Pinterest you’ll find variations with baking chips, candy canes, cocoa, and more.
However you decide to stuff them, make sure you are ready for the powdered sugar snow storm that will take over your kitchen!
Make it a Meal!
Let’s be honest, Christmas cookies standalone beautifully and don’t need a full meal to be enjoyed. So this time, let’s look at some Christmas sweets inspiration:
- 12 Days of Christmas Cookies
- Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Christmas Cookies
- Christmas Morning Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake
- White Chocolate Party Chex Mix
- The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
How to: Make Snowball Cookies Without Nuts
These snowball cookies are so good that they almost have me wishing we had beautiful snow outside. Almost…
Luckily this recipe only uses 6 ingredients and is thrown together quickly!
Start by preheating the oven to 350°F.
Either by hand or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla and continue stirring.
Then pour in the flour and salt and mix until the dough is well combined. Here is where you would add nuts if making the traditional recipe. Instead, you can use chocolate chips for an even sweeter treat.
Scoop out about 1 tbsp of dough at a time and shape into small balls. Toss in powdered sugar until coated and place on a prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned or firm to the touch. Mine usually stay pretty wet and/or sticky until the end, so keep an eye on them.
Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Toss in powdered sugar again for an additional coat while they are slightly warm. Then cool completely and toss again for full sugary coverage.
Enjoy and keep dreaming of snowy winter days!
Snowball Cookies Without Nuts
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
- Add flour and salt and thoroughly mix. If using, add in chocolate chips and mix.
- Shape the dough into small balls, about 1 tbsp of dough each. Coat in powdered sugar and place on a prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and coat in additional powdered sugar. Repeat again once cooled if desired.
To some, it’s not officially Christmas until the Snowball Cookies get baked! What are some of your family’s must-have Christmas treats?