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Snowball cookies also know as pecan snowballs.

Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies (Dairy-Free)

  • Author: MamaShire
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven


These classic gluten-free snowball cookies will add a beautiful festive touch to your holiday Christmas cookie platter.



3/4 cup pecan halves or pieces
1 cup buttery spread, softened to room temperature. (Smart Balance or Earth Balance)
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups gluten-free flour blend**
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar (for rolling)


Start by roasting the pecans in the oven at 300° for 9-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Once they’re cool finely chop them in a food processor.

Next, use a stand mixer to cream together the buttery spread and confectioner’s sugar and then mix in the vanilla extract.

While the mixer is running on low speed slowly add the gluten-free flour and salt and mix until well combined. Then add in the finely chopped pecans. Again mix until completely combined.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them on a baking sheet. These will not spread too much so you can put several on a baking sheet. Just leave a couple of inches for the air to circulate well while they’re baking.

Bake at 350° for 11-12 minutes and then let cool for 5 minutes on the pan. After 5 minutes roll them in confectioner’s sugar while still warm and then let cool. Once they are completely cool roll the cookies in the confectioner’s sugar a second time.

Optional: Roll in confectioner’s sugar a third time.


*If you don’t need this recipe to be dairy-free you can use real butter in place of the buttery spread.

**My favorite gluten-free & dairy-free flour blends to use are Pamela’s Artisan Blend and Better Batter. I’ve been using them both with great results. They are both a 1-1 substitute. If you use another gluten-free flour blend be sure that it contains xanthan gum. If not add 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum per cup of flour.

Can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

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