Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies made with almond flour, sugar-free sweetener and butter. This easy sugar-free cookie recipe is a healthier holiday treat!
Buttery, flaky shortbread-like cookies studded with little bits of pecans and rolled in powdered sweetener that happen to be sugar-free and grain-free? You’re going to LOVE these Keto Pecan Snowballs!
These keto snowballs are a similar concept to Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Italian Wedding Cookies, etc. They’re buttery lumps of soft yet crispy cookie with chopped nuts (in this case, pecans) mixed in and rolled in a dusting of powdered sugar (in this case, sugar-free).
There are many things I love about this style of cookie. They require very few ingredients, no eggs, and can easily be made in advance and frozen.
In fact, you will need to freeze the cookie dough prior to baking it anyway, so if you’re looking for a.) make-ahead Christmas cookie recipes, and/or b.) cookie dough that can easily be made in bulk then baked from frozen, these may just be a great fit!
Ingredients for Keto Pecan Snowballs:
Butter: Bringing that rich, creamy flavor to these cookies, we use butter. You can also use ghee or coconut oil – just be sure it’s softened and not melted!
Almond Flour: The majority of the flour in these keto snowballs is superfine almond flour. It brings that light and airy texture similar to regular flour.
Absorbency varies between brands of almond flour so if you notice your dough is overly crumbly, add more softened butter (one tablespoon at a time) until it comes together easily. If the dough is overly sticky, add more almond flour, a few tablespoons at a time, until the dough resembles the same consistency as regular cookie dough.
Coconut Flour: Coconut flour helps hold these cookies together without the use of eggs and adds a natural sweetness. The combination of almond flour and coconut flour yields just the right consistency! Coconut flour cannot be replaced with any other flour, as it is 4 times more absorbent than any other flour.
Sugar-Free Granulated Sweetener: This keto version of snowball cookies is sweetened using sugar-free granulated sweetener. I used Truvia in these snowballs, but you can go with your favorite sugar-free sweetener. Swerve or Monk Fruit Sweetener are always great.
Raw Pecans: Bringing nutty flavor and lovely texture to these cookies, you won’t want to skip the pecans! Chop them up very finely so that you get little pops of crunchy texture.
Vanilla Extract & Sea Salt: Flavor enhancements! If you don’t have vanilla extract, you can skip it, or you can replace it with ¼ tsp almond extract.
Sugar-Free Confectioners Sugar: Used for rolling the cookies for that powdered sugar finish. Use your favorite sugar-free confectioners (or powdered) sugar. I prefer Truvia or Swerve.
Can I Use Regular Sweetener?
If you don’t bake with sugar-free sweeteners, no sweat! You can check out my Paleo Russian Tea Cakes https://www.theroastedroot.net/paleo-russian-tea-cakes/ , which are sweetened with pure maple syrup. These are not considered keto but are still a more health-conscious alternative to the classic snowball cookies.
How to Make Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies:
Add all ingredients for the Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies to a stand mixer, and beat on medium speed until well-combined. Refrigerate cookie dough for 2 hours. Form balls out of the cookie dough, about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place tray of dough balls in the freezer and freeze for 15 minutes.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, just until cookies begin turning slightly golden-brown. Allow cookies to cool at least 20 minutes, or until they feel firm.
Place sugar-free confectioners sweetener in a bowl and roll each ball of dough in the sweetener.
More Grain-Free Cookie Recipes:
- Paleo Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
- Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookies
- Chocolate Dipped Cardamom Orange Paleo Shortbread Cookies
- Cardamom Almond Paleo Thumbprint Cookies
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- Add all ingredients for the Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies to a stand mixer, and beat on medium speed until well-combined. Refrigerate cookie dough for 2 hours. Form balls out of the cookie dough, about 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place tray of dough balls in the freezer and freeze for 15 minutes.
- When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, just until cookies begin turning slightly golden-brown. Allow cookies to cool at least 20 minutes, or until they feel firm.
- Place sugar-free confectioners sweetener in a bowl and roll each ball of dough in the sweetener.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 of 15
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 14gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g