Packed with chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar, these Gluten Free Vanilla Pecan Snowball Cookies are one of my all-time favorite holiday cookies!
Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! We all know and love Santa, but I think it’s time we stop and really appreciate the big man in the red suit. He spends his entire year keeping the elves under control as well as making his list and checking it twice. That’s a lot of work! (Trust me, now that we have a 2-year-old toddler in the house, I can appreciate how hard Santa’s job is!) That’s why it’s time to give Santa a paycheck. I know he gets “paid” in oodles and oodles of cookies that are left by the fireplace with care, but the poor man can’t pay his mortgage on the North Pole with cookies!
Do you remember talking about how much a Mom would make if she received a salary? Well, the same folks did a similar experiment seeking to compensate Santa adequately for all of his hard work throughout the year. $146, 308.51. That’s what Santa would make if he got a paycheck. Holy moly, Batman! That’s quite the check for a guy who works from home in his pajamas! (That red suit is pajamas, right? Eh, close enough!) But before you start wondering how to apply to be Santa’s assistant, you’ve got to realize that he doesn’t get a day off. Ever. And his holiday hours are brutal! A break? Forget about it, Kris Kringle!
But reality aside, it’s kinda fun to stop and think about Santa’s actual jobs. From Labor Negotiator (that Elvish Labor Union is always causing trouble!) to Snow Plow Driver (gotta keep the sleigh runway clean!) to Cookie & Milk Taster (wait…you can earn a salary doing this!?), the big man really does have quite a lot on his list. Maybe I should rethink my goal of one day being Santa in the big Thanksgiving Day Parade!
While we aren’t leaving Santa a paycheck by the fireplace this year, I am planning on leaving him a batch of these Vanilla Pecan Snowball Cookies. I mean the man works hard, he needs delicious cookies! Sometimes called Mexican Wedding Cakes, Russian Tea Cookies or Nutty Balls (thanks, Mom), these Vanilla Pecan Snowball Cookies are a classic around our house during the holidays. They’ve been one of my favorite holiday cookies ever since I could reach up and pull the container from the counter! In fact, my sister joined in a virtual baby shower for me several years ago, and she posted a cake topped with these cookies. Mmmm…cookies and cake together!
What is your favorite holiday cookie? Do you get together with friends and neighbors for a big cookie exchange party every year? I know cookies during the holidays are already plentiful, but I’m telling you right here, right now that these Gluten Free Vanilla Pecan Snowball Cookies need to be added to your list. I can say with a fair degree of confidence that these cookies will become a family favorite, and you’ll find yourself making them every year! But beware: these bad boys get covered in powdered sugar, which makes it impossible to sneak a late-night cookie. There will definitely be evidence on the counter…and perhaps on your shirt, too. Trust me, I speak from experience here.
As fun and merry as the holidays are, it’s important to remember that this time of the year can actually be very difficult for people dealing with mental illness or grieving from the loss of a loved one. Laura’s uncle passed away this past year, and I know the holidays aren’t going to be the same without him around to share his dozens (and dozens and dozens and dozens) of cookies and pies. We actually made a couple of batches of these snowball cookies early this year so that we could share them with some of the folks who do so much for us throughout the year. One of the first people to get a box of cookies was Robbie’s teacher at school. That woman is a saint. She not only keeps a room full of toddlers under control, but she manages to teach them, too.
While I’m not cut out to be a preschool teacher, I do know how to bake. But one tiny little problem: Robbie’s preschool teacher has a gluten sensitivity. No problem at all! I just pulled out my trusty bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. As the name suggests, this flour is literally a 1-to-1 replacement for traditional all-purpose flour. (Click here to find Bob’s Red Mill products near you!)
I do love to bake, but I’ll be the first to admit that gluten-free baking is not in my wheelhouse. But that’s ok. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour does the job for me. I literally just use this flour instead of all-purpose flour, and I’ve got a batch of gluten-free snowball cookies coming right up! It’s seriously like magic! (Of course, if you’re subbing in this gluten-free flour for one of your favorite baking recipes, you should confirm that all of the other ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free, too.) If you’re wondering, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour is a blend of several gluten-free flours, including rice flour, sorghum flour and potato starch.
Who would you like to share the baking love with this season? I’m sure there is someone in your community that would really appreciate the kindness of a surprise box of snowball cookies! Think neighbors, teachers, the local firehouse, or even a hostess gift. These cookies are both festive and delicious! Just grab a small box (or a big box if you’re making a batch for me!) and some festive holiday ribbon. For a really fun touch, add a spring of pine (perhaps clipped from your Christmas tree) and a jingle bell to the package. Oh, and while you’re at it, go ahead and make a double batch of these snowball cookies. That way you can keep some for yourself! Cheers and happy baking, my friends!
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Looking for another tasty gluten-free holiday treat? Give this Gluten Free Gingerbread Pound Cake a shot!