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Stack of three snowball cookies on parchment paper. The top one has a bite taken out of it.
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4.58 from 49 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 Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snowball cookies
Servings: 11
Calories: 130kcal


  • 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