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!

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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.
4.62 from 54 votes

Healthy Snowball Cookies

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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 11


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 272mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snowball cookies
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Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    Saw these on IG today, had all the ingredients, so I made them. Delicious!!! And so easy. Love that it is a small batch.

    1. Yay! I love hearing this, Hillary. Thanks so much for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies were a hit!! I was looking for a healthier snowball cookie recipe, and this recipe was perfect. I made a batch with chopped pecans and a second batch with chopped walnuts. My family loved them so much, that they requested a double batch be made again immediately. 😊 Thank you for sharing this great recipe, Brittany!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made these and they are so much better than the non- gluten free! I am so happy to add them to my cookie list!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 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.

    1. YAY! These are easy and delicious, the perfect kind of recipe, Julie. Thanks for sharing your review & star rating, I so appreciate it.

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