A longtime family favorite holiday cookie that's not only Gluten-Free but Vegan optional too! Not too sweet, amazing cinnamon & nutmeg flavor and perfect buttery texture somewhere between chewy and crunchy.
New! I’ve added a cooking video to this page so you can see how easy it is to make the gluten-free Cinnamon Snowballs!
If you’re new to this page, there is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions as the bottom of the page.
Hope you love them as much as we do!
This is my kind of snowball… Gluten-free Cinnamon Snowballs!
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!
My family’s been baking this recipe for as long as I can remember.
The origins of this recipe?
My Aunt introduced the family to it…. She 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 they are one of my family’s favorite holiday cookies and they are really yummy!
And they are EASY to make!
All you’ll need is:
butter or dairy-free butter
gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (I use GF Jules– affiliate link)
finely chopped walnuts and pecans (you could use just one type of nut it that’s all available).
In fact the only change I’ve made to the original recipe is to use GF Jules (affiliate link) flour… which is why we love it so much!
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Back to the Gluten-free Cinnamon Snowballs...
One pro tip as we start cookie baking season…
Whenever you chop nuts for a recipe, chop extra and leave it in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
That way, it will be all ready for the next cookie you bake.
Back to the Cinnamon Snowballs….
And the dough comes together quickly and doesn’t require any refrigeration prior to baking.
All you do is cream the butter and separately mix together the flour, sugar and spices.
Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter, add in the oats, vanilla and nuts and mix for about 5 minutes until it forms a dough.
Then roll into marble size balls and bake!
The only thing I want to point out about this recipe is that the cookies bake at 300 degrees F for 25 minutes.
This is notable because most cookies bake at 350 degrees or 375 degrees, so if you are planning on baking several recipes in one day, start with these!
They flatten and grow some while they bake and the house will smell amazing!
Let them cool slightly, then roll in confectioner’s sugar (also known as powdered sugar)
Super easy, fun for kids of all ages to make and yummy!
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...