These Keto Snowball Cookies are sugar free, low carb, gluten free, grain free and can be dairy free too! These keto Christmas cookies are perfect if you're on a keto diet, low carb diet or even if you just want to reduce your sugar intake, with just 1 g net carbs for these classic favorite little cookies!
Sugar-Free Snowball Cookies
Traditional snowball cookies have always been known as Gram's Butter Balls in my childhood memories, and they were everyones favorite cookies.
They are also known as Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cookies, but whatever you call them, they are delicious and should be a must-bake during the holiday season.
This classic cookie was so easy to make with just 4 ingredients of flour, butter, pecans and sugar.
I would often be preparing them with my grandmother as a child and loved every minute of the cloud of powdered sweetener sugar all over me. Everyone looked so forward to them on our holiday cookie tray.
Ghee, Butter or Coconut Oil
Sadly when my grandmother passed, my mom tried to carry on the tradition. She still makes them but doesn't have the time to make the dozens and dozens my grandmother would make for all our family and friends. That's where I come in!
My gluten free classic snowball cookies recipe of my Grandmother's Butter Balls are in my Naturally Keto cookbook. And they are good, but I have so many friends and family who need to be dairy free for health reasons and allergies.
I've used Ghee, which is a type of clarified butter and has very minimal amounts of milk solids in it, something like 99% free of milk solids. So if you're dairy free and haven't yet tried ghee, I would totally recommend it! If you have a dairy allergy to milk then swap with coconut oil instead of ghee.
I made these about 3 times before I got just the right mouth texture and taste. The first time I made them my oldest child, the picky teen, asked if he could try one. I never mentioned the name of them or what was in them.
He said, "YUM, these taste like Gram's butter balls"!
All 3 of my kids and picky hubby too loved these cookies each time I made them.
Even my MOTHER said, these taste like GRAMS!!!
I was so honored! My grandmother, I think, would have loved my healthier version of her recipe or at least I would hope she's proud of me for trying to carry on her cookie tradition.
How to Make Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies
To view exact measurements, print recipe and see nutritional data, please scroll to the bottom of this blog post to view the recipe card.
Ghee or use room temperature butter or coconut oil for dairy free
Almond flour or see FAQs below to make these nut free
Swerve Confectioners Sweetener or low carb powdered sugar of choice
Extra confectioners to roll balls in
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place all ingredients into food processor, stand mixer or large bowl and use a hand mixer and process until cookie dough forms a ball. Pulse if needed.
Taste batter, adjust sweetener if needed.
Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
Use a cookie scoop or about a tablespoon of dough make 24 cookie dough balls.
Roll each mound in the palm of your hand and place onto prepared cookie sheet.
Place in freezer for 20-30 minutes.
Place in preheated oven and bake cookies for about 12- 15 minutes or until golden around edges.
Allow to cool a little bit, about 5 minutes.
Once able to handle roll each in some confectioners sweetener.
Allow to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.
How to Prevent Flat Snowball Cookies
Freeze them OVERNIGHT before baking, helps keep them from spreading and flattening.
How to Store
Place any leftover snowball cookies, once cooled, in an airtight container in a single layer. Lay a piece of parchment paper and place more in a single layer. Refrigerate for up to 7 days or place in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Can I swap almond flour with coconut flour?
Swapping almond and coconut flour isn't easy because ¼ cup coconut flour is equal to 1 cup almond flour and requires more liquids and eggs.
How can I make this nut free?
Yes, you can evenly swap almond flour with sunflower seed flour.
Can I use traditional flour like white or wheat pastry flour?
You could but then these would not be low carb keto snowballs because white flour and wheat flour are highly refined processed and high in carbs.
Can I change the sugar substitutes?
Yes, you can use any sweetener you like. I also love monk fruit sweetener. I avoid sugar alcohols like sorbitol and Maltitol and they tend to cause adverse reactions like stomach upset in some people. Use my sweetener guide and conversion chart.
Can I use coconut sugar?
You could but then they would be high carb not low carb as coconut sugar is a sugar whereas stevia and Swerve are low carb sweeteners that don't spike blood sugar.
Can I use walnuts instead of pecans?
Sure! You can use walnuts instead of pecans if you prefer.
I hope you enjoy these snowball cookies as much as my family did! Here are some other cookies you might love for the season!
Sugar Free Low-Carb Snowball Cookies
Sugar-Free Pecan Snowball Cookies
- 8 tablespoon Ghee or coconut oil or use butter if not dairy free
- 1 ½ cup almond flour or 150 grams
- 1 cup pecans or 120 grams, chopped
- ½ cup Swerve Confectioners Sweetener or 78 grams
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla liquid stevia
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- extra confectioners to roll balls in
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place all ingredients into food processor and process until batter forms a ball. Pulse if needed.
- Taste batter, adjust sweetener if needed.
- Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment.
- Use a cookie scoop and make 24 mounds.
- Roll each mound in the palm of your hand and place on cookie sheet.
- Place in freezer for 20-30 minutes. Best if frozen overnight.
- Place in oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden around edges.
- Allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
- Once able to handle roll each in some confectioners sweetener.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Tasted great but they totally fell apart. What did I do wrong ?
Allowing them to freeze before baking is the best way to prevent flat cookies.
These are absolutely delicious I used walnuts because I had so many and I used a little almond flavoring but other that that this recipe is SO perfect
One of the BEST SF desserts I've had. Easy to make & delicious!
I saw your chocolate, but free new version of these but I would like to make these but incorporate the chocolate and chocolate chips. Please advise how!!
Can I use regular vanilla extract and sea salt?
These are great!! Just the right amount and the flavor is so yummy. I’ve made them quite a few times and they are always a hit - no one can tell they don’t have sugar because the taste is so good.
Do you have a recipe for sugar free Rum Balls and date bars? Thank you
I made these!!! Big hit. Everyone loved these cookies Have requests to make more yummy!!!
I have made these and they are good. Have as gift also.
These were my favorite cookies my grandmom made, she always made them in a crescent shape so I do too. I am so happy to see this recipe that I can eat ! Can't wait to make them 🙂 Thank you !
Hi Brenda! I am so excited to see this recipe and can't wait to try it! It's my favorite cookie during the holiday season. I do have a question for you.....if I have regular stevia and not vanilla flavored stevia, can I use the regular and just add additional vanilla flavoring? If so, what ratio would you recommend? TIA!
Use clear stevia in the same amount and I'd just add about another 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Can these be frozen after they are baked or can they be frozen longer than overnight before baking? Thanks for a great recipe!
What can I sub for stevia?
Any sweetener you like, here's my sweetener guide and conversion chart.https://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/natural-sugar-free-low-carb-sweeteners-guide-conversion-chart/