My very favorite Christmas cookie recipe is one for Chocolate Fudge Balls. My mom has been making these every single Christmas for as long as I can recall. It truly is not Christmas until we have Fudge Balls and Party Mix (that recipe is coming soon!). This year I decided to make these cookies gluten free as well as dairy free. I have never used gluten free flour before- I don't have a need to be gluten free, but since I have had requests for more gluten free recipes I thought I would give it a try. And it worked! These cookies are amazing- just as they are every year! I had my husband try them and he agrees- they taste just like the ones my Mom makes.
If you are gluten and dairy free I really hope you give these a try. I realize it's very close to Christmas, but they take less time than most cookies, and only a few ingredients. I promise you- they are totally worth it!
Gluten Free & Dairy Free Chocolate Fudge Balls:
1/2 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 and 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted Gluten Free Flour
Preheat your oven to 375F. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper (makes for easy cleanup)
1. Melt margarine with chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir constantly-Be extremely careful not to burn the chocolate. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple minutes.
2.Add sugar, egg, salt, and vanilla extract; mix well.
Add in your flour using a sifter.
Those little hands on the sifter are my oldest daughter's. My girls were helping me make these.
Combine well. The batter will be thick.
3. Shape the dough into balls. You can use a teaspoon to measure the dough, but I usually eyeball it. The ball should be the size of a large gumball. Place on your lined cookie sheets.
4. Bake at 375F for 7-9 minutes. You will know they are done because they will get small cracks in them.
5. Allow them to cool on the sheet for a couple of minutes. Roll them in confectioners sugar while they are still warm.
Store them in a airtight container or freeze. They freeze really well!
If you do try them (and I really hope you do!)please let me know either by leaving a comment here on the blog or on my Facebook page or by sending me a tweet on Twitter.
Special thanks to my Mom for sharing this recipe with me and allowing me to share it with you all.
**This recipe is adapted from the "Pillsbury Family Cookbook" and I believe the copyright is in the late 1950's or early 1960's.**