Keto Snowball Cookies {vegan option}

These Keto Snowball Cookies are a delicious low-carb remake of a traditional holiday cookie. Made with only 5 ingredients, they bake up light and soft and literally melt in your mouth. They're perfect for gifting and cookie exchanges and year round eating too!

snowball cookies on white plate with pecans in the background

Growing up, Christmas cookies were quite possibly one of my favorite things about the Holidays. We made some classic Christmas cookies and a few that were a little unique.

I loved baking (and gifting and eating) them and would always choose to make my favorites.

Now that we've gone gluten-free and mostly low-carb, I've sought to remake some of my favorite treats so that my family can all enjoy them without all the carbs and other issues that go along with refined flour and sugar.

Every single year, I made Meltaway cookies. I never put nuts in them, but I always loved the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of those cookies. Turns out that they're even better with nuts (what isn't?) so I worked on making a low-carb, whole food version of these cookies and I must say that the result is simply delicious.

ingredients for low-carb snowball cookies mise en place

Lots of Names for the Same Cookie

Funny thing--there are so many names for basically the same cookie!

When I ask readers on my Facebook page (or elsewhere) what their favorite Christmas cookies are, I often hear "Russian Tea Cakes" or "Mexican Wedding Cakes."

Whatever you call these yummy melt in your mouth cookies, they are delicious. And of course the name Snowball Cookie is particularly festive, which is a good thing.

snowball cookie ingredients in a food processor

Ingredients

You only need 5 (or 6!) ingredients to make these delectable cookies--so easy! Here's the simple list. You might even have everything in your pantry already so you can make these now.

pecans (or walnuts, almonds, or any kind of nut/seed)
almond flour
butter (or coconut oil or palm shortening)
vanilla extract (see How to Make Alcohol-free Vanilla Extract)
powdered low-carb sweetener
1 egg or egg substitute (optional)
salt

snowball cookie dough in a glass bowl on marble tabletop

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet or baking stone with parchment paper, if desired.
  2. Add the pecans (or other nuts) to a food processor or nut chopper. Pulse a few times (or process) to chop them finely.
  3. Add the remaining cookie ingredients (not the topping) to the food processor, then pulse until a moldable dough forms.
  4. Alternatively, you can use a hand or stand mixer, or even mix the dough by hand (thought it will of course take more time that way!)
  5. Roll the dough into approximately 16 balls and place them in a shallow container.
  6. Freeze the balls for about 1 hour to prevent them from flattening when baking.
  7. Place frozen balls on a cookie sheet and place in preheated oven.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.
     
  9. Remove cookies from oven and let them cool completely.
  10. Roll the cookies in the powdered sweetener.
  11. Enjoy! Store the cookies in an air tight container or in fridge, or freeze for a up to two months at least.
cookie dough balls on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper
Keto snowball cookies on baking tray

Can You Freeze Snowball Cookies?

Yes, you definitely can. In fact, these cookies freeze very well and taste just as good after freezing and thawing as they do just after being baked.

Why Are My Snowball Cookies Falling Apart?

If you find that your snowball cookie balls are falling apart as you roll them into balls, you can add a little more butter (or coconut oil) or some water or dairy-free milk. I haven't had that problem, but you might.

Just make sure that you only add 1 teaspoon at a time so you don't overdo it and end up with the opposite problem of gooey snowballs!

Pile of keto snowball cookies on a plate

Recipe Notes and Tips

  1. Measuring Flour: Make sure to measure your flour carefully. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup and then level off with a knife. You should be fine, but if the dough seems too dry or wet, you can adjust things easily. See "Why Are My Snowball Cookies Falling Apart?" section above for tips.
  2. Egg or No Egg?: I've made this recipe both ways and they turn out great either way! My youngest likes them with egg, but my oldest has a life threatening allergy so of course we like to have egg-free options for everything. Either way, they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
  3. Baking Surface: You can use a cookie sheet plain or with parchment. I personally love my baking stones and use them without anything on top of them. You do want to allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from whatever surface you bake on. Parchment will help of course--it's your choice!
  4. Freezing: Many recipes for keto snowball cookies instruct you to put the dough balls on the baking sheet and then freeze the baking sheet. I'm sure a lot of you don't have space in your freezer to do that (I sure don't!) so I find placing the balls in a shallow container is a much better option.
  5. Sweetener: Note that I used Lakanto Powdered Sweetener in the recipe. You can use any 1:1 sugar alternative or even coconut sugar if you like. We eat mostly low-carb so this is what we use. You can also make your own Homemade Powdered Sugar. If you'd like to order Lakanto, you can get 20% off your order using code wholenewmom!

keto snowball cookies on a white plate

Special Diet Options

Nut-free: You can easily use pumpkin or sunflower seeds for this recipe to avoid nuts. You could use tiger nut flour or cassava flour or a GF flour instead of the almond flour, but that will take some tweaking of other ingredients. Typically you would increase the fat by 50% ish. I haven't tried this, however, so I can't say how it will work.

Dairy-free / Vegan: Use coconut oil or palm shortening instead of butter for a dairy-free / vegan option.

More Great Gluten-free / Healthier Cookies

Following are some lovely cookie recipes that we love. Try them all!

Keto Almond Crescents - a delectable low-carb remake of a Holiday fave
Pumpkin Pecan Cookies (GF & vegan and delish!)
Eggnog Cookies - either gluten-free or keto...you decide!
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles - GF and/or keto a yummy twist on a traditional favorite
Soft Pumpkin Cookies - lightly sweetened and so tasty!
Gluten-free Christmas Cookies
Healthy Christmas Cookies - loads of cookies that are gluten-free with low-carb options!

keto snowball cookies on a white plate and on white table
Pile of keto snowball cookies on a plate

Keto Snowball Cookies

These Keto Snowball Cookies are
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, THM:S, Vegan
Keyword: keto snowball cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 154kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet or baking stone with parchment paper, if desired.
  • Add the pecans (or other nuts) to a food processor or nut chopper. Pulse a few times (or process) to chop them finely.
  • Add the remaining cookie ingredients (excluding the topping) to the food processor, then pulse until a moldable dough forms. Alternatively, you can use a hand or stand mixer, or even mix the dough by hand (though it will of course take more time that way!)
  • Roll the dough into approximately 16 balls and place them in a shallow container.
  • Freeze the balls for about 1 hour to prevent them from flattening when baking.
  • Place frozen balls on a cookie sheet and place in preheated oven.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. 
  • Remove cookies from oven and let them cool completely.
  • Roll the cookies in powdered sweetener.
  • Enjoy your cookies! Store the cookies in an air tight container or in fridge, or freeze for a up to two months at least.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 1g

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I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts about these cookies. We couldn't stop eating them and I bet you won't be able to stop either!

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        1. You are so welcome! If they work out well for you, and you are so inclined, star reviews on the recipe are super helpful for readers and for us as well. Thanks again and Happy New Year!

  1. 5 stars
    LOVED these cookies so much, Adrienne! They took me back to childhood! Was blessed to make them with my mom the other day. (Used coconut oil.).
    Wishing your family a beautiful Christmas season...May God bless you!

    1. Awwwww thank you so much for taking the time to come back and comment. I'm so glad. You made my day. Merry and Blessed Christmas to you as well. Hope we can reconnect.