Snowball Cookies (AKA Russian Tea Cookies)

I remember making these cookies a few times with my mom when I was a kid, and they always seemed so special and whimsical. Also called “Russian Tea Cookies” or “Mexican Wedding Cookies,” something about those names just made them extra special, like they demanded elegance and a refined place at the table.

Surprisingly, they were one of the easiest recipes to make gluten-free, and if you choose ghee over butter you can enjoy them dairy-free as well. They’re buttery, crispy, and perfect for sharing for the holidays! They’d be great for a holiday cookie exchange, for gifting homemade goodies to friends and family, or just for enjoying with your own fun and whimsical tea party!


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Snowball Cookies (AKA Russian Tea Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cookies)

(GF, Egg-free)

Makes approx. 24 small cookies


Ingredients:

*add the extra tablespoon if you live in a more humid climate, as the cookies can be a little too soft and crumbly without it

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter, vanilla, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

  3. Add cassava flour 1/2 cup at a time and salt and mix to combine.

  4. Gently mix in pecans.

  5. Using a small cookie scoop (approx. 1 Tbs-sized), scoop dough, gently roll into a ball with your hands, and place on your lined cookie sheets. If you find your dough is too soft at this stage, you can refrigerate it for a few minutes.

  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown on bottom (oven cooking times may vary)

  7. Let cool completely (Because of the higher fat content, these will be pretty soft right out of the oven, so letting them cool completely is really important!) Add additional powdered sugar to a small bowl and toss cookies (this is easiest with one at a time) until covered. Traditional recipes call for a second dusting of sugar once the cookies are completely cooled, but this is entirely optional. I prefer one coat to cut down on sweetness.

  8. Let cool completely and enjoy! Keep stored at room temp or in the fridge in an airtight container.


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Whip up these snowy little gems for the perfect holiday treat! Be sure to tag me in your photos (@ashley.castle.nutrition on Instagram), I love to see you enjoying these treats!

Happy holiday baking!

Ashley

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Note: This post contains affiliate links. This is no way impacts what you pay for products. While a little extra moolah is always nice and helps keep this blog up and running, the sole purpose of sharing these links is to help you find quality ingredients with ease and take out some of the guess work. It is my hope that your experiences in the kitchen are free of stress and frustration, and this is my way of helping you get there. I also never advocate for anything that I don't 100% believe to be a quality item. All recipes are solely mine. Sharing is caring, and I kindly ask that you give credit appropriately.