Snowball Cookies

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These healthy snowball cookies are made with just 6 ingredients. The base is almond flour, so they’re gluten-free, grain-free and can easily be made vegan. Only 5 grams of sugar per cookie!

Ready for the easiest cookie recipe you’ll make this winter?! Enter: snowball cookies. They’re based on my recipe for almond crescent cookies and come together in a flash! Plus, how cute are they? Adorable little melt in your mouth snowballs. I know you’re going to absolutely love this recipe!

Snowball cookies on parchment paper next to a bowl of powdered sugar.

Ingredients in Snowball Cookies

Traditional snowball cookies are made with white flour and butter. Although we’re still using some form of butter (you can use Earth Balance to keep these vegan), we’re replacing the white flour with nutrient-dense almond flour. And the ingredient list is super short. Here’s what you need:

  • almond flour look for fine almond flour instead of almond meal. The texture of almond flour is lighter and less coarse, which will lead to a better texture for the cookies. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill super fine almond flour.
  • butter, ghee or vegan butter – I used vegan Earth Balance butter for these to make them vegan.
  • organic confectioners’ sugar – another name for powdered sugar. If you want to make these low sugar/low carb you can use powdered erythritol (like Swerve) instead of confectioners’ sugar. It will make these low-sugar cookies even lower in sugar.
  • vanilla extract a flavor enhancer.
  • salt just a pinch to bring all the flavors together.
  • chopped pecans feel free to sub in another nut like almonds or walnuts in place of the pecans.
Stack of four snowball cookies.

How to Make Healthier Snowball Cookies

Now that we have the ingredients, let’s make these cookies. The process is so easy!

Simply mix together the almond flour, softened butter, 3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl until a dough forms. It will be a little dry to start, but keep mixing, it will become dough! Once combined, mix in chopped pecans. Using a Tablespoon scoop, roll the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned on the bottom. Let them cool slightly and then roll in the remaining powdered sugar until coated. Let the cookies cool completely and enjoy!

Stack of three snowball cookies. The one at the top has a bite taken out of it.

How to Store Snowball Cookies

These snowball cookies are so easy to store. I personally like to store them in the fridge to keep them crisp and to make sure the powdered sugar doesn’t absorb into the cookies, but they’re also delicious after freezing! For freezing snowball cookies, simply place them in an airtight freezer-safe container. They should last in the freezer for at least a month. 

Stack of three snowball cookies on parchment paper. The top one has a bite taken out of it.

Be sure to check out my full collection of healthy Christmas cookies as well as all the cookie recipes here on EBF.

Snowball cooking on parchment paper surrounded by chopped pecans and powdered sugar.

Healthy Snowball Cookies

5 from 48 votes
These healthy snowball cookies are made with just 6 ingredients. The base is almond flour, so they’re gluten-free, grain-free and can easily be made vegan. Only 5 grams of sugar per cookie.
Stack of three snowball cookies on parchment paper. The top one has a bite taken out of it.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 11

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 Tablespoons softened organic butter, ghee or vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 5-6 Tablespoons organic confectioners’ sugar, divided*
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt
  • cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick baking sheet.
  • Mix almond flour, softened butter, 3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt in a small bowl until a cohesive dough forms. It will seem a little dry at first, but just keep mixing. Once combined, mix in chopped pecans. You can use your hands to help mix the pecans in if needed.
  • Roll tablespoons of the dough into a ball and place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until they start to turn light golden brown on the bottom.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer them to a rack to cool 10 minutes more. Place 2-3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl and roll each cookie until coated. Let cookies cool completely and enjoy.
  • Store any leftover cookies in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to a month. I’ve found storing in the fridge helps the cookies keep a crisp texture and ensures that the powdered sugar doesn’t soak into the cookies.

Notes

  • Pecans: Feel free to sub in another nut like almonds or walnuts in place of the pecans.
  • Low-sugar option: Use powdered erythritol (such as Swerve) instead of confectioners’ sugar to make these cookies even lower in sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 130kcal Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 3g Fat: 11g Sodium: 272mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snowball cookies

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    56 comments
    1. Conor
      February 1, 2022 AT 12:13 pm

      5 stars
      These cookies are an absolute delight and so easy to make

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 2, 2022 AT 9:09 am

        Yay! So glad you loved this recipe, Conor. Thanks so much for making the cookies and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it.

    2. Danielle guzman
      January 6, 2022 AT 5:23 pm

      5 stars
      Just whipped these up for an after dinner mid week treat for the family. So easy and scrumptious. One of my favorite cookie recipes! Thank you Brittany 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2022 AT 11:54 am

        Yay!! Happy to hear these cookies were a hit, Danielle. Thanks for the review :).

    3. Cheryl
      December 19, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

      I love your blog! Making Christmas cookies is a joy using your fun and tasty recipes. I am recently gluten sensitive and you have made baking fun for me again with your many gluten free options. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2021 AT 11:31 pm

        Happy to hear this, Cheryl! Thanks for the review :).

    4. Lindsey
      December 15, 2021 AT 12:52 pm

      5 stars
      Great easy recipe! Thank you.

    5. Michele
      December 10, 2021 AT 6:42 am

      These are beyond amazing. I make them every couple days. I can’t be without them. They are so easy to make and delicious! Thank yuu so much for this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2021 AT 1:41 pm

        Yay!! So happy to hear you are loving these snowball cookies, Michele! Thanks so much for the review. It means the world to me!

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