Gluten Free Cherry Pecan Snowballs Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on December 23, 2010

It’s the time of year for traditions, beloved holiday decorations that only see the light of day in December are brought out and displayed, favorite recipes are lovingly prepared for family and friends and eager children across the world leave out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

My mother-in-law was a tiny Polish woman with a huge heart. Every year come Christmas we received metal tins and cardboard boxes filled with her famous Polish Wedding Cookies. These were savored by all, licking every speck of powdered sugar off our fingers as we devoured these family favorites.

I decided to take her traditional Christmas cookie and add my own twist. After all, this is how we create new traditions of our own. I added chopped cherries to her recipe and thus the Cherry Pecan Snowball Cookie was born. These cookies literally melt in your mouth. And they are a very good way of buttering up Santa on Christmas Eve just in case we weren’t perfectly good all year long.

Speaking of traditions, this month’s Go Ahead Honey Its Gluten Free Event is Family Traditions. If you would like to submit your gluten-free Family Traditional Favorite, here’s all the info, deadline for submissions is December 27th, 2010.

In the meantime, from my family to yours

We wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday and may Santa bring you everything your heart desires!

xo,
carol and family

Oh, and here’s the recipe for the cookies if you want to express your gratitude to Santa this Christmas Eve.

Gluten Free Cherry Pecan Snowballs Recipe

Ingredients

¾ cup chopped pecans
1 cup superfine white rice flour
½ cup potato starch
¼ cup tapioca starch
¼ cup superfine sweet rice flour
1 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar plus approximately ¾ for rolling
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup maraschino cherries, dried well and roughly chopped

*Note – 2 cups good quality all purpose gluten free flour blend can be substitutes for the flours, starches and xanthan gum if desired.

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.

Place chopped pecans in a baking dish or pie plate and toast in the oven until warm and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool. Leave oven on.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, starches and xanthan gum.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the ½ cup powdered sugar, salt, vanilla and flour mixture. Mix on low to combine and gradually increase the speed to medium, mix until the dough comes together. Stir in the cooled pecans and chopped maraschino cherries with a wooden spoon.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until the cookies are fairly firm to the touch and just starting to color. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Put the remaining ¾ cup powdered sugar in a small bowl and roll the warm cookies in the sugar to coat. Place on a wire rack to finish cooling. After the cookies have cooled completely, roll again in the powdered sugar.

Servings

This gluten free recipe makes 48 cookies.

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Wendy @Celiacs in the House December 23, 2010 at 10:02 am

Carol-These are beautiful with the added cherries. Your last month of posts have been full of creative twists, wonderful flavor combinations and gorgeous food photos. It's been a delight to visit your blog this month for a dose of holiday cheer and inspiration. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, my talented friend.

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Ricki December 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

These bring back such memories for me! And what a stunning photo. Thanks for the recipe, Carol!And thanks, too, for your sweet comment on my blog. I feel the same way–it's been great to get to know so many wonderful people from the GF community this past year. Hope you and yours have a very happy, healthy, delicious holiday! Hugs, Ricki

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Vee and the Kid December 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

Those look absolutely divine! Too bad my gf kid doesn't like things like that. oh well, maybe next year! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

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Donna December 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Thank you for a year of wonderful recipes! Merry Chritmas to you and your family as well.

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Stephanie December 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Beautiful recipe Carol! I just made a batch of snowballs, so I will definitely save this recipe to try next time (maybe for new years eve?!).Merry Christmas!

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Naomi Devlin December 25, 2010 at 4:58 am

I love that you carry that tradition on – celebrating your mother is such a lovely thing to do.x x x

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Betsy @ Gluten Free Betsy December 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

This is phenomenal! I am making this recipe this weekend! Yum!

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Mary Beth Elderton December 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

Wonderful for the holidays! *pinned*

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Carol Kicinski December 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Thanks so much Mary Beth!

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