Gluten-free Snowball Cookies

Gluten-free Snowball Cookies

Get your ovens ready, because I’ve joined a bunch of my gluten-free bloggers friends for a little Virtual Gluten-free Cookie Exchange + Giveaway. 

Shortbread cookies rolled up in perfect bite-size, vegan treats

The cookie I am sharing today is an allergy-friendly twist on a family recipe, Snowball Cookies. My family loves these and I love that it’s a reminder of my childhood.  Jump to Recipe

Shortbread cookies rolled up in perfect bite-size, vegan treatsGrowing up in Canada, we use to have BIG family get-togethers during the holidays. Both set of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins would gather to celebrate  Christmas. My mom’s side of the family was the loud & crazy, fun side and my dad’s side was more of the reserved & proper side (although my Dad brought the crazy, fun to both sides).

Although specifics are cloudy such as the toys I opened or the meals we ate, I do remember the shortbread cookies my Grandfather made.  Sweet, buttery delights!  Grandma would make sure to send us home with the extras. In fact, when we moved to Phoenix AZ, my Grandma would mail us these cookies all the way from Ontario. We looked forward to package every year!


Shortbread cookies rolled up in perfect bite-size, vegan treats

Since then, shortbread cookies have always been a part of my Christmas tradition.

Of course, after Xander was diagnosed with food allergies, I wasn’t sure if we’d ever be able to have them in our home again, but after a few little changes to the recipe, we get to keep the tradition going and still enjoy our family’s shortbread Snowball Cookies.  Trust me when I say that these Gluten-free cookies are just as amazing as the regular version! They are not only perfect for our family Christmas, they are also an amazing little treat to give as a gift, bring to the next holiday party or make at your next cookie exchanges.

Snowball cookies rolled up in perfect bite-size, vegan treats

Speaking of cookie exchange, remember I mentioned earlier that I’ve joined with a bunch of my gluten-free blogger friends for a Virtual Gluten-free Cookie Exchange?  Well here’s the details you don’t want to miss!

Each blogger is hosting a GIVEAWAY for a prize of $50 or more! So be sure to click through to each blog and enter the giveaways! I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Whole Foods so you can get the ingredients needed to make whatever cookies your craving! Be sure you don’t miss that and enter below!

And here’s the full, delicious round-up of the rest of our Virtual Gluten-free Cookie Swap!  I hope you check out all these amazing ladies and their yummy blogs…..I honestly cannot wait to add these treats to our holiday baking list as well.

Check out all 12 recipes, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right, row by row:

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Gluten-free Gingerbread Kiss Cookies by Gluten Free Palate

Snowball Cookies by Allergylicious

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Mint Cookies by Meaningful Eats

Cinnamon Stars by Life After Wheat

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jar by This Vivacious Life

Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts by What the Fork

Candy Cane Cookies by gfJules

Coffee Flour Cookies by Flippin’ Delicious

Snickerdoodle Cookies by Veggie Balance

Lemon Cranberry Cookies by Vegetarian Mamma

Gluten Free Vegan Rasberry Pinwheel Cookies by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

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Shortbread cookies rolled up in perfect bite-size, vegan treats

You’re house will smell amazing when you make these Shortbread Snowball Cookies and I hope love them as much as our family does. Happy baking!

Shortbread cookies rolled up in perfect bite-size, vegan treats

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Shortbread cookies with bites of chocolate chips and lightly dusted in powdered sugar. Gluten free, Vegan, dairy, egg, soy & nut free.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C. vegan butter (we use Earth Balance Soy free)
  • 1 1/2 C. Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Flour (Bob's Red Mill)*
  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 C. vegan chocolate chips (Enjoy Life mini chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 (325 if using convection oven).
  2. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment or Silpat.
  3. Using a stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add in flour, powdered sugar, xanthan gum and salt (omit xanthan gum if using regular flour). Blend until incorporated then add in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop 1 rounded TB of dough (a mini ice-cream scoop works perfect for this) and drop 1 inch apart. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges, be careful not to burn.
  5. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar while still warm. Lightly dust once cooled for more of a snowball effect.

Notes

*You may need to add Xanthan Gum if you use a different Gluten-free Flour (check manufacturer's notes)**Omit Xanthan Gum altogether if you do not wish to make Gluten-free, and use a regular All-purpose Flour

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115 Comments
  • Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    Posted at 08:21h, 10 December Reply

    These were one of my favorite cookies growing up!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 11:17h, 10 December Reply

      So glad it’s a childhood favorite…its one of my too.

  • Brianna Hobbs
    Posted at 08:48h, 10 December Reply

    Snowball cookies were one of my childhood favorites!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 11:16h, 10 December Reply

      Ours too! Looks like Christmas and tastes like Christmas

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 10:59h, 10 December Reply

    We love gf vegan snickerdoodles but these look like the perfect addition to our Christmas cookie list! Thank you.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 11:14h, 10 December Reply

      Oh ya, vegan snickerdoodles are a fav of ours also.

  • Christy
    Posted at 12:39h, 10 December Reply

    These look delicious!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:19h, 11 December Reply

      Thanks Christy! Always have you in mind when making my GF desserts. Guess that’s often 🙂

  • Lydia Claire
    Posted at 14:33h, 10 December Reply

    It’s just my mom and I but we love macaroons!

  • Rachel Fuller
    Posted at 15:53h, 10 December Reply

    We love homemade gingerbread! So festive and tasty

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:17h, 11 December Reply

      Gingerbread cookies are festive for sure! I don’t make these enough.

  • Corrine
    Posted at 15:57h, 10 December Reply

    White chocolate chip cookies. =)

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:16h, 11 December Reply

      Do you have a favorite white chocolate you like to use?

  • Sara Zielinski
    Posted at 17:19h, 10 December Reply

    Our favorite Christmas cookie is the cutout cookie or sugar butter cookie.

  • Hollie Jahnke
    Posted at 17:59h, 10 December Reply

    We love frosted sugar cookies.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:16h, 11 December Reply

      Christmas wouldn’t be the same without.

  • Linda Thomas
    Posted at 18:32h, 10 December Reply

    I love all kinds of cookies so at Christmas I have a hard time deciding which ones to make. My family always loves Chocolate Chip, but I like shortbread and sugar cookies best.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:15h, 11 December Reply

      It is hard to choose just 1. At least these snowball cookies are like little shortbread balls with chocolate chips mixed in. You get 2 of your favorites all in 1 place.

  • Dee Johnson
    Posted at 20:32h, 10 December Reply

    Ours is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:13h, 11 December Reply

      That sounds yummy. I always loved macadamia nuts in cookies.

  • Caroline
    Posted at 21:03h, 10 December Reply

    That might be the easiest GF recipe I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to make them!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:11h, 11 December Reply

      Oh goodness, its so easy which is perfect when you’re running out of time and need a quick dessert recipe.

  • Rene lusk
    Posted at 07:42h, 11 December Reply

    A family favorite is peppermint bark, patties, brownies. Oh! Pretty much anything peppermint.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 12:10h, 11 December Reply

      Peppermint is pretty yummy, especially when added to chocolate. You’ll have to check out my Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies if you’re a mint fan.

  • Hannah P
    Posted at 08:01h, 11 December Reply

    Those cookies look so good! My family likes decorated, cut-out sugar cookies.

  • Wehaf
    Posted at 11:14h, 11 December Reply

    I love ginger snaps – the traditional Swedish ones, which are crispy and thin and smooth and spicy!

  • Kayley
    Posted at 13:38h, 11 December Reply

    This is totally up my alley! Looks delicious!

    I usually make chocolate chip cookies but enjoy sugar/gingerbread cookies for the holidays, and this recipe seems like another great holiday option.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:38h, 17 December Reply

      Thanks Kayley! You have some yummy cookies to pick from. Please let me know if you end up making these.

  • Jules
    Posted at 14:21h, 11 December Reply

    Making gluten-free snowball cookies is Christmas tradition in our house, too!! So excited to be doing this giveaway with you!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:44h, 17 December Reply

      Thanks Jules! Yes, it’s been a fun giveaway for sure. The only thing that would make it better was if we all could physically do a cookie exchange! Wouldn’t that be tasty?

  • Mary Wentz
    Posted at 18:53h, 11 December Reply

    Yum! These look delicious. Just what I need to make on a Snowy day.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:39h, 17 December Reply

      Come back and tell me what you thought of them….Id love to hear.

  • Lisa Howell
    Posted at 23:18h, 11 December Reply

    Hands down gingerbread!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:39h, 17 December Reply

      Do you make homemade gingerbread houses too?

  • Teri F.
    Posted at 09:05h, 12 December Reply

    I !miss eating these cookies since I went GF. They look Delicious!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:40h, 17 December Reply

      Then you must try this recipe so you can enjoy them again.

  • jberry
    Posted at 09:52h, 12 December Reply

    We’re always pleased when mom makes Nut Butter Thumbprints. Old standby, Snickerdoodles.

  • Celeste
    Posted at 10:04h, 12 December Reply

    I love that you made this classic cookie allergy friendly!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:40h, 17 December Reply

      Thanks Celeste. If my everyone in the family can enjoy them, then I’m happy.

  • Brianna Wolin
    Posted at 10:04h, 12 December Reply

    I love anything with chocolate CHUNKS!

  • Jen
    Posted at 12:56h, 12 December Reply

    These are such a great Christmas classic cookie! I want a few right now!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:37h, 17 December Reply

      Thankfully they are easy to make and don’t take long at all!

  • Leslie
    Posted at 12:57h, 12 December Reply

    It just wouldn’t be Christmas without snowball cookies!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 15:20h, 12 December Reply

    I’ve never had a snowball cookie with chocolate chips, but it sounds like a perfect cookie for both chocolate chip and snowball cookie lovers.

  • Kortney
    Posted at 15:43h, 12 December Reply

    I love how simple they are to make! That’s the best kind of cookie recipe. Plus they are super cute 😀

  • sandra
    Posted at 17:48h, 12 December Reply

    Chocolate Chip

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:36h, 17 December Reply

      Chocolate chip cookies are my kryptonite! Come back next week, I have a fun twist on chocolate chip cookies coming to the blog.

  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 18:28h, 12 December Reply

    You’ve been killing it with the gluten-free recipes lately Nicole! Those snowballs look perfect.

  • Kristina
    Posted at 20:00h, 12 December Reply

    I love shortbread, and these are SO pretty!

  • Kristen Wood
    Posted at 09:24h, 13 December Reply

    These look so delicious!

  • Becca Z
    Posted at 13:45h, 13 December Reply

    Stained Glass sugar cookies are our fave!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:35h, 17 December Reply

      Haven’t mastered that one yet, but I’m trying.

  • Audrey Roberts
    Posted at 15:19h, 13 December Reply

    I love shortbread! I just found another cookie to add to my holiday baking list.

  • Elle
    Posted at 16:07h, 13 December Reply

    I am partial to sugar cookies.

  • Cassandra
    Posted at 17:13h, 13 December Reply

    Our family’s favourite Christmas cookie is either sugar cookies or gingerbread as the kids love to decorate them.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:35h, 17 December Reply

      Fun for sure. 1 have 1 child that still likes to decorate but usually by the 2nd or 3rd one, he’s done. 🙂

  • Lisa S
    Posted at 17:50h, 13 December Reply

    We love molasses cookies, but I just made these snowballs and they’re delicious!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:34h, 17 December Reply

      Oh great Lisa! SO glad you all loved them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Megan
    Posted at 18:03h, 13 December Reply

    The powdered sugar looks like beautifully fallen snow. What a fun winter cookie!

  • Elena
    Posted at 19:46h, 13 December Reply

    we like the gingerbread cookies

  • Jereann Zann
    Posted at 22:14h, 13 December Reply

    How wonderful that you’re able to carry on a special childhood memory in a way that’s safe for your family today. Great recipe! Especially love how they really look like they’ve been dusted with fresh snow.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 00:36h, 14 December Reply

    These look amazing, so glad you were able to keep the tradition going and allergy friendly! I find shortbread lends itself very well to being GF, but never tried them DF- I don’t need to eat DF but less dairy in my diet, and more cookies, is always a good thing!!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:33h, 17 December Reply

      HAHA! Shortbread does work well being GF for sure and yes, less dairy is a good thing especially when you make more room for cookies. 😉

  • Gloria Farrar
    Posted at 01:43h, 14 December Reply

    A Russian Teacake rolled out cookie

  • Francine Speaker
    Posted at 01:48h, 14 December Reply

    3 ingridient peanut butter cookies

  • Carolsue
    Posted at 03:00h, 14 December Reply

    Snickerdoodles or plain old sugar cookies are my favorites!

  • Dandi D
    Posted at 07:56h, 14 December Reply

    I really like frosted sugar cookies!

  • Lauren Lim
    Posted at 08:23h, 14 December Reply

    We like gingerbread cookies.

  • Cheryl Billings
    Posted at 08:46h, 14 December Reply

    We absolutely love to frost and decorate sugar cookies over the holidays.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:31h, 17 December Reply

      How fun! Makes for a great family activity.

  • Liz Newsome
    Posted at 09:12h, 14 December Reply

    We love the sugar cookies my mother-in-law bakes and decorates!

  • GB
    Posted at 11:21h, 14 December Reply

    We like ginger snaps.,

  • Tammy Woodall
    Posted at 11:53h, 14 December Reply

    We like Peanut Butter Cookies.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:30h, 17 December Reply

      We missed having PB cookies around since we have a nut allergy, so now I make them with SunButter. So good too.

  • Mara T
    Posted at 18:00h, 14 December Reply

    Anything with cinnamon like a snickerdoodle ❤️❤️❤️

  • Katie Heath
    Posted at 22:36h, 14 December Reply

    Cut out sugar cookies! My husband loves them!

  • Michelle J.
    Posted at 22:45h, 14 December Reply

    Spritz cookies!

  • Sheryl Edwards
    Posted at 14:04h, 15 December Reply

    My family’s favorite is sugar cookies. They enjoy decorating them! Your recipe for Shortbread Snowballs sounds delicious! I will try it.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:43h, 17 December Reply

      Oh please do and I’d love if you come back to let me know what your family thought. No decorating required but they’ll enjoy eating all those chocolate chips.

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 18:53h, 15 December Reply

    My family’s favorite cookie is my grandma’s Lee bars. No idea how they got name but they are basically peanut buttery rice krispy treats covered with melted chocolate – amazing!!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:17h, 17 December Reply

      Those do sound amazing! I may have to try making that one Top 8 free for my family.

  • meredith
    Posted at 19:39h, 15 December Reply

    We love date bars and sugar cookies

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:16h, 17 December Reply

      Yumm! Date bars sound good right about now. Do you make them GF?

  • Casey the College Celiac
    Posted at 22:00h, 15 December Reply

    We love sugar cookies!

  • Melinda M.
    Posted at 23:23h, 15 December Reply

    These look so yummy! Our favorite is Peppernuts but I have yet to figure out a good GF substitute. :-/

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:15h, 17 December Reply

      One of my close friends makes the most amazing Peppernuts but they aren’t GF. Have you used Bob’s 1-to-1 before? That’s been the easiest GF substitute I’ve worked with. Ryze also makes a 1-to-1 sub that a friend uses all the time in her GF cookies.

  • Kimberly Flickinger
    Posted at 20:17h, 16 December Reply

    My family loves snickerdoodles and sugar cookies.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:13h, 17 December Reply

      Those are two classic and yummy choices!

  • A. A.
    Posted at 00:26h, 17 December Reply

    The family fave cookie? That’s tough. The kids like anything sweet, I like simple cardamom butter cookies, and everyone else likes chocolate snowballs, I think. Your recipe might be something to try to see if we can all agree on a new fave, though!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:13h, 17 December Reply

      Sounds like you have some amazing cookies to choose from. I’d love to hear what the family thinks of these snowball cookies.

  • Erin M
    Posted at 18:06h, 17 December Reply

    We love florentine and 7 layer cookies.

  • Lindsay A.
    Posted at 18:26h, 17 December Reply

    It seems everyone has a different favorite cookie & a consensus can’t be reached! :-/ Lol! For me, I love most of them & can’t pick just one favorite! I love snickerdoodles, and almond crescents or basically any cookie with marzipan or almond paste orrrr almond extract (can you see a theme? lol).

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 14:58h, 21 December Reply

      Love your response! My favorite is based on my mood. Some days I just want a simple cookie like shortbread, and other days I want a big ‘ol chocolate chip cookie.

  • Kristen
    Posted at 23:44h, 17 December Reply

    We love jam thumbprint cookies with walnuts.

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 14:57h, 21 December Reply

      I haven’t had one of those in such a long time…..I remember those being so yummy. Good choice.

  • Hanne
    Posted at 06:19h, 20 December Reply

    These cookies are so festive. I come from a tiny family and always wondered what it would be like to celebrate with a familial “crowd”. Merry Christmas!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 14:53h, 21 December Reply

      Hey Hanne, celebrating with our family just included us 5, until my parents moved here. Now we have 7 or 8 depending on if my brother drives in. Still lots of cooking and baking, but so less stress! Hope you have a great Christmas.

  • Teri
    Posted at 11:36h, 23 December Reply

    Great cookies! One question…in used regular butter and the cookies didn’t stay like a ball in the pics. They spread more. Is it maybe because of the regular butter I used?

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:07h, 29 December Reply

      It may be because of the type of butter used, or it was already too soft to start with. You can always make the balls then refrigerate 30 minutes before baking to see if that helps hold its shape better. I have several recipes that I need to do that with, like the new compost cookies I just shared.

  • Teri
    Posted at 08:08h, 24 December Reply

    I have to post again! We have been eating these cookies like crazy. They are delicious! My husband can’t believe they are gluten free!

    • Nicole Dawson
      Posted at 15:05h, 29 December Reply

      Thanks for coming back Teri and for commenting again. I’m so glad to hear that your husband is enjoying the Snowball cookies as well.

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