With only 1g net carbs in each cookie, these keto snowball cookies are the perfect addition to Christmas cookie platters. They are sweet, delicious, and have the same texture as traditional snowball cookies!
These little cookies have the perfect name. They look just like crumbly snowballs, and they are so much fun to eat! As you bite into them, the powdered sugar substitute sticks to your lips and falls to the plate.
Snowball cookies are one of America’s favorite Christmas cookies. They appear in almost every cookie spread you’ll find. Classic snowball cookies are buttery almond flavor bites of pure bliss!
It’s pretty easy to convert this to a low-carb recipe. The original recipe is made with all-purpose flour and coated in powdered sugar. Change those two things, and you have a cookie that you can eat, even when you are on the keto diet.
Another fantastic thing about these cookies is how easy they are to make! If you have ever made cookies before, then you’ll think these are a cinch. The most fun part is rolling the baked cookies in the powdered sugar substitute.
These fun little cookies only use five ingredients. Plus, if you have ever made any keto desserts before, you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry.
Since these cookies are crumbly and aren’t known for their smooth texture, you might be able to use either almond meal or almond flour. The difference between the two is that almond meal has bits of the almond skins mixed into them.
I like to use almond flour whenever I bake because it resembles flour so closely.
Use unsalted butter and let it soften at room temperature before you mix it into the dough.
If you use salted butter, don’t add more salt to the mixture.
Swerve Confectioner Sugar Substitute
You will use this twice in the recipe! First, use it to sweeten the cookie dough. Then, save some in a bowl. You’ll need to roll the baked cookies in the Swerve at the end so that they look like snowballs.
Vanilla extract flavors the cookies with a light vanilla taste. If you want the cookies to have a stronger almond flavor, add a few drops of almond extract too.
Some recipes use walnuts instead of pecans. Pecans have 1g net carbs in each ounce, and walnuts only have 2g net carbs per ounce. It’s perfectly fine to replace the pecans with walnuts if you want.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Cream the butter and sugar substitute really well before you add the almond flour.
- Use a cookie scoop to make sure each cookie is the same size.
- Wait until the cookies are completely cooled off before you roll them around in the Swerve confectioner’s sugar substitute coating.
All the steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are some photos of each step, along with a quick overview of each one.
Cream The Butter And Sugar Substitute
The first step is to use an electric or stand mixer to mix the butter with the powdered sugar substitute. This is why it is so important to let the butter soften first. It’s so much easier to mix when it is soft!
Mix In the Flour, Salt, And Vanilla
Next, add the almond flour, vanilla extract, and salt. Only add the salt if you use unsalted butter.
Keep mixing the cookie dough together until everything is completely mixed. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to incorporate the butter mixture into the flour.
Add Pecans And Freeze
Next, gently fold in the chopped pecans. To fold something in means you add it but don’t overmix it. Gently incorporate the pecans into the rest of the cookie dough.
Then, make dough balls, all equally sized, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the balls of cookie dough for about half an hour.
While they are chilling in the freezer, preheat the oven.
Bake And Coat The Cookies
Place the frozen cookies and cold baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake the cookies for about 12 minutes.
After they are fully baked, let them cool off completely. Then, roll the cookies in the powdered sugar substitute.
Now they look like snowballs!
What To Serve With Keto Snowball Cookies
These jolly little cookies are so much fun to eat! They are the perfect thing to serve at holiday parties. Place them on the dessert table with some keto chocolate cream cheese truffles, and your guests can pick out their favorites.
Pour a steaming cup of sugar-free keto hot chocolate and revel in the beauty of the holiday season.
These cookies are also a lot of fun to eat with a chocolate keto cake pop! They are both round little low-carb desserts.
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about keto snowball cookies. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
What are the best keto-friendly nuts to use?
Classic snowball cookies use either pecans or walnuts, so it’s best to stick to tradition and use those. You could use chopped almonds if you want. They have a different texture, but they will work fine. Just make sure they are chopped really small.
How do you store snowball cookies?
Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. These are the perfect cookies to place on a cute platter and give as a DIY gift because they are shelf-stable for some time.
What is the best sweeteners to use?
Use a confectioner’s sugar substitute to coat the outside of the cookies. I like how the Swerve works- it’s my favorite!
There you have it!
These little bite-sized cookies are the most amazing things to make in the winter months. They are extremely buttery and melt in your mouth as you bite into them. These crumbly little cookies will become one of your favorites.
📚 Related recipes
If you enjoyed these keto snowball cookies, here are some more low-carb cookie recipes you should try next. They are some of my favorites and use only keto-friendly ingredients.
- Keto Pumpkin Cookies don’t have eggs or dairy and are the softest and sweetest cookies you’ll ever make.
- Chewy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies are a low-carb twist on a classic recipe and they have less than 1g net carbs in each cookie.
- Keto Shortbread Cookies are fantastically gluten-free and another classic addition to cookie trays.
- Stevia Keto Meringue Cookies melt in your mouth and look like white clouds.
- Low-Carb Sugar Cookies are easy to cut out with cookie cutters and a lot of fun to decorate.
Keto Snowball Cookies
- 2 cups Almond flour
- ½ cup Butter unsalted and softened
- ⅓ cup Swerve confectioner sugar substitute
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup Chopped pecans
- pinch of salt
- ½ cup Swerve confectioners sugar substitute for coating the cookies once baked
- Add the butter and ⅓ cup sugar substitute to a mixing bowl and beat until creamy and smooth.
- Add in the almond flour, salt and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
- Fold in the pecans.
- Roll the dough into 24 evenly sized balls, and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are browned.
- Let cool for several minutes and then roll in the remaining sugar substitute while still warm.
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