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Gluten Free Snowball Cookies

These gluten-free Snowball cookies are perfect to share for any celebration. They are sweet, crunchy, and delicious.

Admittedly, I never knew about Snowball cookies before my celiac diagnosis. But as I was researching Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies to make one year, I came across these cookies and knew I had to make them.

But I’m not an amazing baker, so dietetic intern Dani Gutenplan has graciously contributed this recipe for you all to try.

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Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies​ - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

The History Behind Snowball Cookies

Most commonly known as Mexican Wedding Cakes, these gluten-free Snowball cookies are perfect for any occasion treat!

For centuries, Snowball cookies have transpired throughout Mexican culture. Typically eaten as a Mexican wedding dessert, they also existed in Europe to complement tea. Today, they are shared widely to celebrate many things.

How to Make Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies aren’t typically gluten-free. Though with this recipe below, these cookies are made GF By swapping out regular flour for gluten-free flour, it is simple!

There are many types of flour that are gluten-free, such as all-purpose gluten-free flour, cup for cup gluten-free flour, almond flour, buckwheat flour, rice flour, oat flour, etc. We used King Arthur Measure for Measure for these and they came out beautifully.

But when using different gluten-free flours, make sure your blend includes xanthan gum. Whether you add it in or it’s in one of the flour mixes you use. Xanthan gum is essential to the success of this cookie (and yes, xanthan gum is perfectly safe to eat).

To make the gluten-free Snowball cookies all you do is add all the ingredients until it forms a dough. Next, you roll the dough into small balls and let them bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the bottom starts to brown.

Once the snowball cookies are out of the oven, let them cool. Once cooled, roll the cookies into confectioners sugar, and enjoy!

Ingredients to Make Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies

Making snowball cookies are simply made with flour (in this case, gluten free flour), salt, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, pecans, and confectioners sugar.

It is also common to add mini chocolate chips or peppermint bark in the winter for the holiday season.

Additionally, you don’t have to use pecans. Walnuts and almonds are traditional ingredients that can be used instead. Though, these cookies are also delicious without nuts if you don’t like them or if you have an allergy.

Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies​ - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

How to Store Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies

In order to store the gluten-free Snowball cookies properly, it is important to store them in an airtight container or freeze them.

In a room temperature airtight container, the cookies last about 3-4 days. If stored in the refrigerator, they typically last around 2 weeks. In the freezer, though, they will last around 6 months.

If you don’t want to bake them immediately, you can store the dough in the freezer and bake them in the future.

Troubleshooting Your Gluten Free Snowball Cookies

Making gluten-free Snowball cookies is pretty simple, but you may encounter some hiccups along the way. In case you need them, here are some tips:

  • Using a flour with xanthan gum is key for making sure the Snowballs stay together and contain the moisture of the cookies
  • If you don’t use the proper amount of sugar, the cookies may flatten out
  • Make sure the snowball cookies are completely cooled before rolling them in powdered sugar because they may fall apart or crumble

Tips aside, let’s get into making this delicious recipe, shall we?

Gluten-Free Snowball Recipe

This gluten-free Snowball recipe is simple and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Keyword: Gluten-Free Snowball Recipe
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (we used King Arthurt Gluten-Free Measure for Measure flour, but if you're using you're own blend make sure you add xanthan gum if it's not already in the mix)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter (or use vegan butter, or coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecans (can also use chocolate chips, crushed peppermint, almonds, or walnuts)
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine and mix Gluten Free or Almond Flour, Unsalted butter or Vegan Butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until the dough forms
  • Once you have a solid dough, add in chopped pecans -or almonds and walnuts- and any additional add ins you desire (mini chocolate chips and peppermint)
  • Scoop the dough into small balls (about 1 tbsp for each snowball) onto the parchement paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the bottom is light brown
  • Let the snowballs cool completely on a cooling rack, in the freezer or fridge
  • Once cooled, roll them in powdered sugar and enjoy or store for the future!

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