The Best Vegan Snowball Cookies

Classic Butter Pecan Cookies cookies made gluten free and vegan. Toasted pecans rolled in powdered sugar make for the best melt in your mouth cookies. These gluten free vegan snowball cookies are the perfect addition to any cookie box or holiday party.

Adapted from Taste of Home Pecan Meltaways Recipe

vegan snow ball cookies on a black plate. Buttery pecans and powdered sugar.


These cookies are also called wedding cookies or beltways because they literally melt in your mouth with every bite.

Simple ingredients and easy substitutions–the perfect addition to any cookie box!

What are snowball cookies made of?

The round cookies are rolled in powdered sugar, so they sort of resemble snowballs and made up of butter, flour, powdered sugar, salt, extracts and chopped nuts.

How to you make powdered sugar stick to cookies?

Once the cookies come out of the oven, let them cool for five minutes and then roll them in the powdered sugar while they are still warm. Once they have cooled completely, roll them in powdered sugar one more time.

What substitutions can I make?

You can use any brand of all purpose gluten free baking flour or even regular all purpose flour if not gluten free.
You can sub the pecans for walnuts, pistachios or even mini chocolate chips.

the best vegan snowball cookies aka melt-aways
vegan snowball cookies on a black plate

I think it’s safe to say that the holidays are a popular time of year for baking, especially cookies! 

And if you are anything like me and can’t get enough holiday cookies, my Holiday Vegan Cookie Box makes a perfect gift for friends and loved ones.

vegan cookie box with holiday candy canes

Want more gluten free recipes like these vegan snowball cookies? Here are a few of my favorites!

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies Peppermint Marshmallow Topped

Peppermint Brownie Cookies Gluten Free

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

gluten free vegan snowball cookies

If you are still reading this far, you definitely deserve some vegan snowball cookies and if you make this recipe or any other recipe from the blog, be sure to tag @peanutbutterpluschocolate on Instagram and check me out on Facebook and Pinterest!

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Happy Baking!

Vegan Snowball Cookies

The best snowball cookies made vegan and gluten free. Buttery cookies rolled in powdered sugar that completly melt-in-your-mouth. Perfect for making any occasion festive!
Pin Recipe
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, gluten free, vegan
Keyword: christmas cookies, holiday cookies, meltaways, snowball cookies, vegan cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Author: Ciarra Siller


  • stand alone mixer or hand mixer
  • baking sheet
  • bowls


  • 1 cup vegan butter room temperature
  • ½ cup organic powdered sugar plus more for rolling
  • ½ tsp almond extract can sub for all vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups gluten free baking flour 1:1
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup toasted pecans chopped


  • Using a stand alone mixer or hand mixer, cream together the vegan butter and powdered sugar until well blended. Add in the extracts. Finally add in the flour and salt and mix until a dough forms. Fold in the pecans.
  • The dough will be slightly sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F° and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and use a 1 ½ inch cookie scooper to make 20 evenly sized dough balls. Place the balls onto the baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool for 5-10 minutes on a cooling rack. Once cooled, roll in powdered sugar and return to finish cooling completely. Once cooled entirely, roll in powdered sugar one more time before serving.


If using an organic powdered sugar, you will have the best results if you sift it before using as it usually clumps.  
These cookies are best if stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days or place in a plastic zip bag and freeze for 3 months. 

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