Healthier 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!

Ready for the easiest cookie recipe you’ll make this winter?! Enter: snowball cookies. They’re based off my recipe for healthy 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 Healthier 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.
  • butter, ghee or vegan butter – I used vegan Earth Balance butter for these.
  • 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
  • salt
  • chopped 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 the 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. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place 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 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.

Storing 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 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.

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

If you make these healthier snowball cookies, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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

Healthy Snowball Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 11

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour
  • 3 Tablespoons softened organic butter, ghee or vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 56 Tablespoons organic confectioners’ sugar (divided)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick baking sheet.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

  • Using powdered erythritol (such as Swerve) instead of confectioners’ sugar makes these cookies even lower in sugar.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

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

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    37 comments
    1. Cindi
      January 22, 2021 AT 1:40 pm

      I’m not a cookie eater but I made 3 batches and passed them out. The reviews were amazing! Everyone loved them. They were easy to make and all three batches came out perfectly! Thank you very much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 24, 2021 AT 8:36 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear, Cindi. I’m so glad these cookies were a hit. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

    2. Vanessa
      January 1, 2021 AT 11:15 pm

      These are to die for. I’ve made this recipe 10 times (sometimes doubling the recipe), in the last 30 days. Don’t worry, I shared with friends and family!
      If you drink Mudwtr as your “latte,” then these are perfectly paired 🥰

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 2, 2021 AT 2:49 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you loved these cookies, Vanessa. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Christina
      December 31, 2020 AT 3:30 pm

      I made these for Christmas and I enjoyed them so much I made another batch to ring in the new year. I added some sprinkles to the top to make them a little more festive. Love this recipe. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 1, 2021 AT 8:13 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear!! Thanks for the review Christina. I so appreciate it!

    4. Kim
      December 20, 2020 AT 3:45 pm

      Baked a double batch today for the holidays. These are delicious! So easy to make! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2020 AT 11:38 pm

        Ahh yay, so glad you’re loving these cookies, Kim. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Danielle Guzman
      December 20, 2020 AT 3:22 pm

      I made one recipe, tasted one and then immediately made a double recipe! They are THAT good. Each recipe yielded 10 snowballs for me, using a tablespoon measure! They’re light, such a wonderful crumb, like the perfect shortbread meets sugar cookie, with just the right sweetness. Thank you Brittany for another incredible recipe. These are officially now a part of my cookie recipe collection to make over and over.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2020 AT 11:39 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you loved these cookies, Danielle. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. <3

    6. Nan
      December 19, 2020 AT 5:31 pm

      They were delicious! I was afraid they would be too crispy but they were just the right amount of crispy/chewy. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2020 AT 11:44 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me. <3

    7. Danielle Shanks
      December 17, 2020 AT 4:16 pm

      Made a double batch of these yesterday with my girls. They melt in your mouth.We made ours in the food processor using pulse. Made a easy recipe super quick. We are going to make another double batch to go on our Christmas cookie tray. My husband asked us to hide this batch because it’s hard to resist the bite sized pillows. Thank you for another winner!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 17, 2020 AT 7:12 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m pumped to hear that this recipe was a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Neha
      December 15, 2020 AT 10:32 pm

      Hey, Brittany. Thanks for sharing. Can I use something else instead of pecans? I’m out of it at the moment.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 16, 2020 AT 2:18 am

        Any nuts will work like almonds or walnuts. 🙂

    9. Sarah
      December 15, 2020 AT 5:14 pm

      Can I substitute coconut oil for butter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 16, 2020 AT 2:17 am

        Hey Sarah – I haven’t tried it, but I bet coconut oil would work! Let me know if you try it.

    10. Melissa
      December 13, 2020 AT 7:02 pm

      I dare anyone not to eat them all. These were delicious. Love the texture and they keep very well in the fridge. A lovely treat that’s not overly sweet. Perfect with coffee!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 9:36 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear! I’m glad you loved these cookies, Melissa. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    11. Holly
      December 12, 2020 AT 8:52 am

      These were absolutely delicious! I love how easy they were to make with minimal ingredients. I used Swerve confectioners’ sugar and no one knew the difference! Thanks for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 10:37 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m so glad you loved these cookies, Holly. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    12. Molly
      December 11, 2020 AT 1:43 pm

      My fiancé & I both loved these. They taste just like I remember as a kid (but probably even better!) The texture & flavor is spot on. Nicely done!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 12, 2020 AT 12:37 am

        I’m so glad these cookies were a hit, Molly. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it!

    13. Robin
      December 5, 2020 AT 11:48 am

      Thank you for bringing my childhood back. Its a tradition to make our Grandma’s
      version of your recipe during the holidays. It’s similar with slight variations and are just as equally good as your recipe. She calls them butter balls. They are sinfully good and truly habit forming..

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:19 am

        So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Robin. Thank you for making them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I appreciate it!

    14. CT
      November 28, 2020 AT 4:16 pm

      LOVE these

    15. Sydney
      January 31, 2020 AT 7:25 pm

      These were a total hit!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2020 AT 7:06 pm

        Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Sydney. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    16. Sharon Story
      December 27, 2019 AT 11:10 am

      these were so easy to make and absolutely delicious, even without the additional powdered sugar. They are definitely a keeper!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 31, 2019 AT 11:38 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed these cookies, Sharon. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star review. I so appreciate it. <3

    17. Claire Forand
      December 22, 2019 AT 7:57 pm

      I made these cookies today and am so pleased with the results. They were simple to make with few ingredients and are delicious. Thank you for your dedication to GF lifestyle!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2019 AT 12:21 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. Thank you for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it! <3

    18. Maricruz
      December 16, 2019 AT 11:28 pm

      I made these cookies and they turned out amazing! The crumbly texture and nutty flavor was perfect. The fact that these don’t have a lot of sugar was a big plus.I no longer have to buy these with unknown ingredients. I will be making a second batch soon! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 17, 2019 AT 2:02 pm

        Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Maricruz. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful! <3

    19. Paige Cassandra Flamm
      December 13, 2019 AT 11:42 am

      These look so good! You did an awesome job! Wish I was snacking on these right now!

      Paige
      http://thehappyflammily.com

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2019 AT 4:35 pm

        Thanks babe! I hope you get a chance to make them, they’re so good! 🙂

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