Foodie Friday: Gluten-Free Vegan Almond Snowballs

I was a baking fiend over the Christmas holidays this year and I came across this great recipe for Vegan Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies, but they weren't gluten-free.  I also 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. YES!
GF Vegan Almond Snowballs
1 cup Earth Balance shortening
2 cup  GF flour - I used 1 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup spelt flour & 1/2 King Arthur's All Purpose Flour blend
3/4 - 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum (omit if your flour blend already has it)
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
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

Cream shortening. Add other ingredients. Roll mixture into small balls and roll into powdered sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Roll in powdered sugar while hot and again when cold. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.  These cookies are light and crunchy and oh so almondy!  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!

Wouldn't these be darling for Valentines Day?  Just add some pink sprinkles or maybe a few drops of food colouring.
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  1. These look lovely! Just a question: what is shortening? Mel #favouritefreefromrecipes

  2. These look fab - one to try for sure. It's so hard to find free from recipes for little treats like this which are a bit "different". Thanks for joining the Free From Favourites Link Up! http://thereciperesource.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/free-from-favourites-share-your-recipes.html


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