Mouthfilling Vegan Snowball Cookies

We need cookies around here. Flavorful, fun and delicious holiday cookies that I can make with my family year after year. So, here we go! I love snowball cookies and this vegan version is super easy to make and delicious! These cookies have a perfect, soft, crunchy texture with just the right amount of pecans and orange flavor. These can easily be made gluten-free by substituting the flour for your gluten-free flour of choice too. =) My secret ingredient that made these cookies go from great to WOW, was the addition of orange essential oil. What, you say? Essential oils in cooking? Yep! Yep! Yep! I was a bit skeptical at first, but holy smokes! These cookies are bursting with the most amazing hint of fresh, pure orange flavor. It’s very subtle and just the right amount.

Orange essential oil has plenty of awesome benefits beside making these cookies burst with flavor. Did you know that orange essential oil can be helpful to colicky babies and help them to sleep and it’s scent is uplifting, can boost immunity and induces relaxation.

Mouthfilling Vegan Snowball Cookies


  • ¼ cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup Vegan Butter, softened
  • 3-5 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cups finely chopped pecans (pulse through a food processor until finely ground if you have one)


Heat oven to 325°F.

Combine butter and powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low-speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed. Add orange essential oil and stir well. Start with three drops and add more to taste.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour and pecans.

Combine all ingredients to form a dough.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when once cool.


This made 24 snowballs, but you can get more if you make smaller ones.

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