These nut free snowball cookies are a Christmas cookie classic — just without the nuts! They also go by several other names: Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies and kourabiedes. But they’re all basically the same buttery, sugary snowballs of deliciousness. Happy holiday baking!
It’s time to start getting serious about Christmas baking! This year, I’m getting my kids into the holiday baking spirit, too. They’re rolling up their sleeves, putting on their miniature aprons and getting dusty and sticky right along with me. Wheee!
First up, we had to make snowball cookies. These classic shortbread cookies are rolled in powdered sugar, making them look just like little snowballs. So, they’re basically the perfect wintertime holiday cookie! The traditional recipe for snowball cookies includes either chopped walnuts or pecans, but since we’re a nut free family, I experimented with making these without nuts and they were just as delicious!
These cookies go by several names, but they’re all basically the same cookie, so if you’re looking to make nut free Russian tea cakes or nut free Mexican wedding cookies, you’re also in the right place. Or, if you’re Greek, you’d be searching for nut free kourabiedes recipes (although, these traditional Greek Christmas cookies are often crescent shaped instead of snowball shaped).
Anyway, lots of different names, but basically the same amazing cookie.
And, although they’re a Christmas cookie classic, they’re really the perfect sugary, buttery bites to add to cookie trays all year long. So, don’t stop yourself from making these in June, my friends.
Personally, I used to make these with chopped walnuts every year at Christmastime, but had stopped making them once my son was diagnosed with a nut allergy. So, our family is very excited to have them back in the holiday mix — now without the nuts.
Happy Baking and Happy Holidays!
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Special Dietary Notes
Want to make gluten free snowball cookies? Dairy free snowball cookies? Top 8 free snowball cookies? It’s all possible! Luckily, snowball cookies are already egg free. My tips for making these dairy free, soy free and gluten free are:
- Use a gluten free flour like King Arthur’s gluten free flour
- Substitute the butter with a dairy- and/or dairy and soy free margarine, like Earth Balance soy free natural buttery spread
You’d be surprised how easy it is to bake, even if you’re avoiding all of the Top 8 allergens.
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Adapted from Betty Crocker
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 128Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 20mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 1g
Adapted from Betty Crocker