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Gluten-Free & Nut-Free Snowball Cookies

Gluten-Free & Nut-Free Snowball Cookies are fantastic holiday cookies. A rich, buttery shortbread cookie that’s studded with chopped sunflower seeds and rolled in powdered sugar.

These are a perfect addition to your allergy friendly holiday cookie list. Traditionally snowball cookies are made from nuts however to make these nuts free I used sunflower seeds.

They are super easy to make and only take a few ingredients. To make these cookies, first, the sunflower seeds should be roughly chopped. If the seeds are small then you do not need to chop. Then you add all the ingredients except the powdered sugar in a bowl and mix.

After mixing you need to take a spoonful of the dough and shape it into a ball. These cookies should not be made too big, you only want about 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie. Also, they should be shaped into rounds and not flatten out.

These cookies only need to be baked for about 15 minutes. Once they are out of the oven, let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes and then roll them in powdered sugar. Once they have cooled completely, roll the cookies one more time in the powdered sugar.

Free From Gluten-Free & Nut-Free Snowball Cookies

  • Gluten: Use your favorite gluten free all purpose flour.
  • Tree Nuts: I used sunflower seeds but you can use any of your favorite seeds. Use dried cranberries or chocolate chips. You can simply leave them out too
  • Dairy Free: Use dairy free butter substitute.


This recipe contains powdered sugar, which often contains corn starch, you can probably buy a brand that does not contain corn starch but if you are unable to find powdered sugar without cornstarch, try grinding coarse sugar in a coffee grinder and use that for coating.

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Gluten-Free & Nut-Free Snowball Cookies

Course: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Gluten-Free & Nut-Free Snowball Cookies made with sunflower seeds. They are gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Also very easy to make.

recipe contains corn


  • Cookie Dough
  • 1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (see cook`s note)

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup dairy free butter substitute, softened

  • Coating
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, mix all the batter ingredients, and using your hands, combine everything until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.gluten free cookie dough as course meal after mixing all ingredients
  • Form the dough into small balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. (see cook’s note)dairy free dough formed into balls for baking
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes. They should be still warm but cool enough to touch, roll cookies in powdered sugar. When the cookies are cooled completely, dust in powdered sugar again.coating snowball cookies in powdered sugar

Recipe Video

Cook’s Notes

  • The batter will be super crumbly, press into the palm of your hands firmly to shape it into balls
  • Corn Free: if you are unable to use powdered sugar because of cornstarch, try grinding coarse sugar in a coffee grinder and use that for coating.

Nutrition Facts

30 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 5g 8%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
    • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 1g 2%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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