It's cookie season, guys! I have a lot of cookie classics that I turn to every year, but I also love branching out and finding new ones to add to the mix. These little snowballs may have made their way into the permanent rotation :) and they are gluten free which is a major bonus considering the number of friends and family I have eating gluten free these days. Also, they improve with age, and are great after a couple of days in an airtight container at room temp, which is not always the case with cookies.
The recipe comes from Alanna Taylor Tobin's amazing book, Alternative Baker. They are a riff on the classic Polvorones/Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cake formula, with a very, very tasty update. Instead of pecans, Alanna's recipe uses a trio of gluten free flours paired with rich pistachios, bright lime zest, and slightly bitter and minerally matcha. So addictive!
They come together quickly and easily, and who can resist a dusting of powdered sugar around the holidays? Also, I made these on a whim and didn't have the lime zest called for in the original recipe, but I just subbed in lemon and they were great.
What are your holiday cookie faves? Check out this post for more of mine.
Pistachio Lime and Matcha Snowballs
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
zest from 3 large limes (or lemons!)
1 cup (125g) blanched almond flour
1/2 cup (55g) oat flour
1/4 cup (30g) tapioca flour/starch
1T culinary grade matcha plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup (125g) raw pistachios, chopped semi-fine
8 Tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, diced
3/4 cup (90g) powdered sugar
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add the sugar and lime zest to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low until the sugar is moistened and the zest is evenly distributed. Add the almond, oat, and tapioca flours, matcha powder, salt and chopped pistachios and mix on low until well combined.
Add the butter and mix on medium-low speed until the butter is completely incorporated and the dough comes together in large clumps.
Sift the powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in powdered sugar knocking off any excess as you go. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet at least 1-inch apart. Bake the cookies until puffed cracked and slightly golden, 15-20 minutes.
Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheets then roll each one in the powdered sugar. Dust with the matcha powder just before serving. They will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.