Cinnamon Snowballs

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.

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com
Cinnamon Snowballs

Easy recipe yields the yummiest holiday cookie!

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!

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

 

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, confectioners sugar, gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (I use GF Jules– affiliate link), salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, gluten-free oats, vanilla extract,  and 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!

Bonus! From Nov 30 – Dec 14, 2019 use code HGFFHoliday for 15% your GF Jules (affiliate link) purchase. One time use per customer. Minimum purchase $20.

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

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.

chopped walnuts #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

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.

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

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!

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

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!

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

Let them cool slightly,  then roll in confectioner’s sugar (also known as powdered sugar)

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

That’s it!

Super easy, fun for kids of all ages to make and yummy!

So this season, let it snow Cinnamon Snowballs!

Cinnamon Snowballs gluten free christmas cookie #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.com

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.

Recipe

 

Cinnamon Snowballs
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
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.
Author:
Recipe type: Holiday Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan Optional
Serves: 48 cookies
Ingredients
Cookie dough
  • 1 cup butter or dairy-free butter, softened (If butter, I use 1 stick unsalted, 1 stick salted)
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1½ cup gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (I use GF Jules- affiliate link)
  • 
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
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or leave cookie sheet ungreased.
  2. Beat butter until creamy
  3. In a medium bowl mix the confectioner's sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a pastry cutter or fork.
  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 the 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 for several weeks. Cookies freeze well.
  15. TIP: If making multiple cookies in a day, make these first because of the low oven temperature and longer baking time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: