Packed with chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar, this Gluten Free Pecan Snowball Cookies recipe is one of my all-time holiday favorites!
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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 Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Nutty Balls (thanks, Mom), these Vanilla Pecan Snowball Cookies are a classic around our house during the holidays.
These cookies taste like buttery shortbread cookies mixed with chopped pecans. 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…
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.
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.
I grew up with pecans as the nut of choice of these Pecan Snowballs, however I’ve seen these made with walnuts, too. Just make sure to chop the nuts before mixing them into the cookie dough! Another fun idea? Mix in a handful of mini-chocolate chips along with the nuts!
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 Christmas cookies coming right up! It’s seriously like magic!
Did you make a batch of these Pecan Snowballs at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Gluten-Free Vanilla Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using a microwave or small sauce pan, melt the butter.
- Using a large bowl, add the the melted butter and ½ cup of powdered sugar; stir until well combined.
- Add flour, vanilla, salt and 2 Tbsp of water; stir until well combined.
- Add chopped pecans; stir until well combined.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Note: Silicone mats can be used in place of parchment paper if desired.)
- Using two spoons, scoop out cookie dough and shape into ¾”-1” balls; place on prepared cookie tray.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Let cool for 5 minutes, and then roll cookies in the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar.
- Place cookies on a cooling rack until they've cooled to room temperature.
- Store leftovers in airtight containers at room temperature.
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