Vegan Almond Snowballs

Just in time for Christmas!  Looking for a simple, vegan & gluten-free cookie recipe for all those holiday gatherings?  Well look no further!

These  Vegan Almond Snowballs are just the thing!

I had come across this recipe for Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies that sounded awesome AND super simple.  Plus, it looked like an easy enough recipe to veganize!  I didn't quite have all the ingredients either, so I came up with my own version inspired by these classic treats.  Hope you enjoy them, we sure did! And my non-vegan, non-gluten-free family and friends had no idea they weren't made with butter, eggs or wheat. 

Score!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Earth Balance shortening
  • 2 cup  GF flour - I used 1 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup spelt flour & 1/2 GF All Purpose Flour blend (you can also use regular flour if you're not GF)
  • 3/4 - 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum (omit if your flour blend already has it)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (you can use maple syrup or honey if desired)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon Amaretto (optional) or use more almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 c. almonds chopped
  • Powdered sugar 

Instructions:

  1. Cream shortening.
  2. Add all the other ingredients.
  3. Roll mixture into small balls and roll into powdered sugar.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a 300 degree oven.
  5. Roll in powdered sugar while hot and again when cold.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.  These cookies are light and crunchy and oh so Almond-y! They would be lovely made with coconut or other nuts as well.  Keep them  in an airtight container and they freeze well too... if they last that long!