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?
53 thoughts on “Snowball Cookies Without Nuts”
These sound delightful. I’ve not seen these stuffed with chocolate chips before but that sounds tasty.
These look so good 😍 will 100% be trying these out. Nothing better than a Christmas cookie!
These look so tasty! I saved this for later .
I’ve just bought a bunch of sugar-free chocolate chips (I’m making diabetic-friendly Buckeyes for my husband over the weekend) and was wondering what else I could use them for. Thanks for this recipe!
I love snow and cookies so this sounds good.
Looks amazing, will show my kids as I suspect they’ll love these
Ooh, these look good! I love that they don’t have nuts in, I’m allergic x
I like the look of these. Will give them ago. 🙂
Thank you for sharing!! I will be making these for my kids this year!
Oh these look lovely and quite different to regular cookies too. I can almost imagine in texture of biting into them!
Im a terrible cook and consider myself useless in the kitchen but will really have to try this, thanks for sharing.
Great post! This will be perfect for anyone with an allergy to enjoy the snowy Christmas treat x
Awww….my FAVORITE Christmas cookie! Love the idea of adding mini chocolate chips in place of nuts. Can’t wait to try!
These look so yummy! I’m going to make them for a cookie party next week! Thank you.
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.
These sound so simple and look delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try with holiday baking next weekend 🙂
Yummy I want some!
This is an amazing recipe. Perfect for those of us who have kids with nut allergies. My kids really enjoyed these cookies.
Wow, those look and sound AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing😊
Love how easy these cookies are to make and they are so delicious! Definitely making them again with our Christmas cookies.
Utterly delicious as always! Thanks so much for the recipe these were perfect with afternoon tea
These sound amazing! And so festive!
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!
These look so yummm… I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I love the idea of adding mini chocolate chips to these! Yum!!
These snowball cookies are super easy, perfect to store and keep in an airtight glass jar and share with our friends.
I love the idea of a nut-free cookies recipe for Christmas! I can’t wait to give it a try!
Love These cookies! Even better with chocolate chips in them! Im saving this recipe!
These are some of my favourite cookies to make for the holidays. So simple, yet so delicious. I love that you switched the nuts out for mini chocolate chips!
Love how easy these are! What a great cookie to take along to those last minute parties this holiday season!
So yummy! Cannot wait to make them
I love these cookies. They turned out great. I like them better without the nuts. Thanks for sharing your easy recipe with us.
Loving these nut free snowball cookies! We have allergies in our family so these were perfect for everyone!
I love small treats like these, but cannot eat nuts (due to allergies) so I’m really happy I found this recipe. Going on my to-try recipes right now 🙂
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!
Bringing this for our next gathering so many Christmas get-togethers 🙂
These sound and look incredible!
This looks like a delicious recipe. I would have to make some edits due to dietary restrictions. Great for Christmas. Thank you for sharing. ☺️
Lovely cookies. They look buttery and so delicious! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
These look really good, great for gifts. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten them, so might have to bake some with my son.
This is a great recipe ! I am going to tweak this to make it plant based! THANKS for the inspiration
Loving these snowball cookies! They were so easy to make and bring to a potluck!
These look so yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe!!
I have not heard of these before but they look so yummy and perfect for get togethers or a snack! I can’t wait to try this this weekend so I pinned your post.
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That’s so great to hear, thank you!
I can’t wait to try these! I love snowballs but don’t really like the nuts!
Same!! I was thrilled to make things
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!
Yesss I can get on board with that, chocolate chips are always a good move. Enjoy!
I have been making these without nuts for years! Thanks for actually giving me a recipe to follow! I cant wait to try them!
They’re so great even without nuts! Enjoy 🙂
I made this with vegan butter and worked perfectly! Love little cookies like these. Thanks for the great recipe!
That’s so great to hear – I love that it worked!