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 (I use Better Batter Gluten-Free Flour )
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.
*I use Better Batter Gluten-Free Flour for most of my baking. I get consistently good results with this blend. It is 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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