Cinnamon Snowballs

A longtime family favorite holiday cookie that's not only Gluten-Free but Vegan too!

cinnamon snowballs
Cinnamon Snowballs

Not too sweet, amazing cinnamon & nutmeg flavor and Yummy!

My family has a long tradition of holiday cookie baking and we have many recipes from family & friends that we look forward to each year. Everyone has a favorite and these are the favorite of my son and my niece.

They are not too sweet, have a great cinnamon and nutmeg flavor, and that perfect buttery cookie texture somewhere between chewy & crunchy.

And this batch is not only gluten-free but Vegan too!

The origins of this recipe: my Aunt, who got it from a Swedish friend she met in weaving class in the 1970s… seriously, that’s where we got it from. Beyond that, all I know is that we’ve been making them for as long as I can remember and they are really yummy!

So this season, let it snow Cinnamon Snowballs!

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Cinnamon Snowballs
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A longtime holiday favorite, these cookies are not too sweet, have a great cinnamon and nutmeg flavor, and the perfect buttery cookie texture somewhere between chewy and crunchy.
Recipe type: Holiday Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan Optional
Serves: 48 cookies
Cookie dough
  • 1 cup butter, softened (If butter, I use 1 stick unsalted, 1 stick salted; I've also used Earth Balance soyfree sticks).
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1½ cup flour (I use GF Jules gluten-free flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup quick cooking gluten-free oats
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup pecans, finely chopped 
(You could use only one type of nut if that's what is available)

3/4 cups (or more) confectioner's sugar for rolling baked cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Beat butter until creamy
  3. Sift together (I just mix with a pastry cutter) the confectioner's sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter
  5. Blend well.
  6. Stir in oats
  7. Blend in vanilla and nuts
  8. Mix well (about 5 minutes)
  9. Shape to form small, marble sized balls
  10. Place these on an ungreased cookie sheet
  11. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until set. Cookies will seem soft, but will harden as they cool.
  12. Let cool.
  13. Gently roll in confectioner's sugar.
  14. Store in air tight container.
  15. TIP: If making multiple cookies in a day, make these first because of the low oven temperature and longer baking time.

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