Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

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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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Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

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!

Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

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:

Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

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

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Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

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Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

Snowball Cookies Without Nuts

Snowball Cookies Without Nuts are crumbly, buttery Christmas cookies coated in layers upon layers of powdered sugar.
5 from 27 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, desserts


  • 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.
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53 thoughts on “Snowball Cookies Without Nuts”

  1. Your recipes always seem delicious. I think I already have all these ingredients in my kitchen so may be trying these very soon. They look easy enough for me to get through and be successful making.

  2. 5 stars
    Love how easy these cookies are to make and they are so delicious! Definitely making them again with our Christmas cookies.

  3. These look so yummy! I love snowball cookies, I’ve never tried them without nuts, but as I don’t really love nuts, I think these would be so much better! Definitely going to give them a try!

  4. 5 stars
    I always love these cookies at Christmas and your version without nuts is perfect for my cookie swap for my son’s school. No nuts allowed…but I know no one will miss them. Thanks for sharing this one!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks like a delicious recipe. I would have to make some edits due to dietary restrictions. Great for Christmas. Thank you for sharing. ☺️

    Pastor Natalie

  6. Mmm my husband would love it if I swapped the nuts for chocolate chips. These are some of my favorite cookies for the holiday season. I’ll have to try this version soon!

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