If Your Santa’s Keto, Bake Sugar-Free Snowball Cookies
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Love Christmas cookies?
I know I do! Yep, these keto sugar-free snowball cookies have many names like Mexican Wedding Cookies and Russian Tea Cakes. Well, whatever your family calls them, they’re insanely good and addicting.
These yummy nut and crumbly shortbread kind are my very favorite cookies – and this one’s NOT filled with carbs! It’s definitely tempting to eat them ALL (you’ve been warned).
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Bake an easy keto sugar-free version of snowball cookies!
Yep! You heard me correctly! With just a few important keto swaps like a powdered sugar substitute such as Swerve confectioners, and almond flour instead of traditional flour, you can make these delicious Christmas staple cookies grain-free and sugar-free!
Plus, I love that you can just place all the ingredients in the food processor to quickly whip up an easy dough!
These cookies are easy to roll up into balls, bake, and then roll through a little extra sugar-free powdered sugar! For best results, freeze cookies for about 30 minutes before baking so they stay in their ball shape.
Feel free to customize this cookie recipe to your individual tastes. For instance, you can use a different sweetener for the cookie batter. See our Keto Sweetener Conversion Guide for helpful info on alternative sweeteners. Also, feel free to use other nuts like pecans or walnuts. I just happened to have almonds in my pantry, and they were yummy!
Sugar-Free Keto Snowball Cookies
yield: 20 SERVINGS
prep time: 30 MINUTES
cook time: 15 MINUTES
total time: 45 MINUTES
This easy, low-carb version of snowball cookies doesn't disappoint! Yum!
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup cold butter, in slices
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup Swerve confectioners or more (depending on how sweet you'd like these)
- 1 large egg
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup Swerve confectioners (to roll cookies in after baking)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Using a food processor, pulse nuts a few times to chop them. Add the remaining cookie dough ingredients to food processor, and then pulse a few times until a dough forms.
Use a teaspoon and roll 20 balls of dough and place them on a cookie sheet. Freeze for about 30 minutes for best results so they keep a ball shape.
Bake for about 15-17 minutes until slightly browned. Take them out and let cool before rolling them in additional Swerve confectioners sweetener. Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to several days.
Yield: 20 servings, Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: 149.0 Calories | 12.5g Fat | 26.8g Total Carbs | 1.8g Fiber | 23.4g Sugar Alcohol | 3.7g Protein | 1.6g Net Carbs
Don’t be alarmed by the high total carb count!
Fiber and erythritol (the main ingredient in Swerve) do not affect blood sugar in the same way that regular carbs do, so we subtracted them from the total carb count. You’ll see that the net carbs are much lower once you remove the sugar alcohols and fiber.
Bites of powdered sugar heaven!
Oh my goodness…. this is a great rich and buttery cookie! As written, it’s not super sweet, so adjust sweetener to taste if you feel it may need more, but I loved them. The texture is a little crumbly compared to the traditional full carb cookies, but I still feel like they’re a great substitute!
If you’re craving Christmas cookies, bake these as a yummy alternative to keep you on track this holiday season!
This keto Christmas “crack” pecan toffee is so delicious, too!
I have tried several times to print this and the 2 Print buttons don’t work. Can you help?
I just tried both buttons and I was able to get it to print. Are you sure it’s not your printer? You could also try another browser, Lori.
What size food processor did you use? My ingredients didn’t all fit after chopping the almonds and adding the almond flour. I ended Up manually mixing and they’re delicious just wondering if I should Invest in a bigger food processor:)
Hi Amy! Lina used a 14 Cup Cuisinart Food Processor for the cookie recipe above. Hope that helps!
What can I substitute for butter slices that is not dairy?
I would try using coconut oil instead.
These were delicious! My favorite keto cookie recipe by far. They taste just like the cookies my Mamaw used to make every Christmas when I was growing up. Thank you!!!
That’s wonderful to hear, Jessica! You’re SO very welcome. Glad you are loving them!
This cookie recipe is genius!!! I used cocoa butter to add to the health benefits instead of regular butter and it worked great:) thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It is now going to be a staple in our house!
I meant Cacao butter!
Thank you so much for telling us how this turned out using cacao butter!
What do you have to do to have these taste like lemon?
Perhaps adding a few drops of lemon extract would be yummy.
Can someone please tell me if these are moist cookies or supposed to be on the dry side?
I would say more like a shortbread cookie – not super moist
Hi. Can you replace the almond flour with coconut flour? If so, do you know how much and if I would have to change anything else. Thanks!
Hi Natalie! Be sure to check out our Flour Guide on how to use all of the best Keto flours – https://hip2keto.com/tips/gluten-free-keto-flours-recipes/
Hope this helps!
Hola. Con estas proporciones que cantidad de Stevia debería usar,ya que en Argentina no consigo erititrol. Gracias!!
hola! 1 cucharadita de eritritol = 1/8 cucharadita de stevia líquida (1 teaspoon of Erythritol = 1/8 teaspoon of liquid stevia)
My dough was quite “wet”. Perhaps because I used a large size egg?
Hi Kelly! It is possible if you used a large egg there may have been a little too much liquid. Hope this helps❤
Can I get some information about the cookies & they look good, can I get the recipe.
What temp do I bake them at?
Hi there Marlene! You cook them at 350°. Enjoy❤
Can one use just almond flour in place of the almonds?
Hi there! If you want to omit the nuts you can. However there would be no need to substitute it with anything. You could use another nut if you want or you can just make them without nuts. Hope this helps❤
I made them with walnuts and vegan butter. Turned out really good. Decided to sift the sugar over the cookies instead of rolling them they turned out great. Also used a Vitamix to combine ingredients. 🙂
Hi Jessica! I love the substitutions. Sounds delicious ❤
I tried these for the first time for Christmas with walnuts and they were absolutely FANTASTIC! Thank you for the great recipe!
You are very welcome!
PSA: Do not give these to your dogs. Erythritol is deadly to them.
Its actually Xylitol that is deadly. I would not give these to dogs anyways but hope this is helpful
Hello, could I use Duck eggs I have 3 dozen???
We haven’t tried that, however it seems that may work. This swap will alter the nutritional values a bit. Let us know how they turn out!
Can you freeze them for later?
Yes, I would assume these would freeze well, although have not personally tried – thanks Jody!