Recipe: Wedding Cookies, gluten & dairy free

There is an old family bakery in the town where I grew up that makes the most amazing gingerbread men, icing dot cookies (they have a name but I can never remember what they’re called), wedding cookies, not to mention the best donuts in the world.  Whenever any of my friends go back “home” for a visit, a stop at this bakery is a must.  Unfortunately, they are no where near allergy-friendly or healthy.

The holiday festivities have just begun around here, but they have already packed quite a busy punch.  This past weekend, we had to be at several places all at the same time.  Thankfully, with the help of some kind friends, we were able to pull everything off quite well.

One of the activities was an adult dinner party where everyone brings a dish.  Since we were going to a concert beforehand, I knew that I could not take a hot dish.  I always bring an allergy-friendly dish, so I set out to make a dessert.  This dessert had to be whipped up quickly though because of the tight schedule.

I thought of the traditional wedding cookie and set out to make a version that is free of the top allergens, except tree nuts.  The recipe was a huge success and nobody at the party knew that the cookies were gluten, dairy, egg and all the other allergens (except nuts) free.  Amazing is what they were!  And so easy and quick to whip up.  Try it for yourself to adorn your Christmas Cookie Tray.  I promise they’ll be enjoyed by everyone!

Free of Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Corn (*contains treenuts)

Wedding Cookies

Recipe adapted from Jules' Gluten Free "Pecan Snowball Cookies". Makes 20-24 cookies.


  • 1/2 + 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1/4 cups coconut, shredded
  • 1/2 cups Spectrum Organic All Natural Butter Flavor Shortening (dairy & soy free)
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cups oat flour
  • 1/4 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons allowed milk (cow, rice, soy, almond, coconut, etc.)


1. In a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar (I grind unrefined sugar in a coffee bean grinder until powdery to make it corn-free.), pecans, and coconut (optional) until finely chopped and mixed.

2. Add shortening (you can also use non-dairy butter) to the pecan mixture and pulse until combined. Add in the vanilla and mix. (You may need to scrape down the sides.)

3. Slowly add in the flour and salt and pulse until well blended. Test the dough to see if it will hold together in a ball. If not, add 1-2 tsp non-dairy milk and pulse.

4. Cover dough and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Form balls into a teaspoon-sized ball and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cookies are slightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

6. Roll cookies in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (grind in coffee bean grinder, if necessary) until fully coated.


Shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth & Soul Blog Hop, Tasteful Tuesday, Titus 2sday, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Encourage One Another, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Thriving on Thursdays, Better Mom Mondays, Gluten Free Monday.

Recipe featured on Gluten-Free Wednesdays at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.

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16 Responses to Recipe: Wedding Cookies, gluten & dairy free

  1. India Leigh says:

    THANK YOU! wedding cookies were on my list to veganize/deglutenize and you’ve gone and done it already. I am so excited to try the recipe!


    • Cook says:

      Glad to help you out India 🙂 This recipe is super easy whip up and get an amazing result! I’d love to know how you like them.

  2. I love this allergy friendly version of Wedding Cookies, which are one of my favourite cookie treats! They look absolutely scrumptious!

  3. Your cookies look lovely — I’m SO looking forward to trying them!

  4. Gina says:

    Oh, My! My great grandma used to make these. I am so excited to find a recipe that has allowable ingredients. Super excited to put this recipe in my recipe file! Thank you for sharing!

    • Cook says:

      You’re welcome, Gina! You’ll love how easy the recipe is too. I hope you enjoy them and I would love know if you do!

  5. Wow, these are a must try. Love the pictures.
    Wanda Ann @

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Your Wedding Cookies look delicious! Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Jamie says:

    Thank you! I was a little nervous about Christmas cookie season because this is our first with our (now known) GF son! These look delicious! 🙂

    • Cook says:

      Hi Jamie! You can do it!!! This recipe is a great place to start because they are delicious and very easy to make. I’ll have other treats coming up this month both here and as a guest post at Money Saving Mom. Please let me know if there is a particular cookie that you need help converting to gluten-free. I’d love to be of assistance!


  8. Alea Milham says:

    Your wedding cookies look delicious! It is so nice that you created a gluten-free, dairy-free version of this favorite cookie. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  10. Heidi says:

    These look just like the Butternut Snowballs I grew up eating at Christmastime. I really hope they are similar! I like this recipe so much that I will be featuring it this week on Gluten-Free Monday at Please stop by and grab a featured button if you’d like. There’s no party this week because of the holiday, but I hope you’ll be back for the next party on January 7th!

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