These Keto Snowball Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie! And some of you may know these as Keto Mexican Wedding Cookies, or even Keto Russian Tea Cookies, but I think everyone can agree to call them delicious. That's because they're rich, nutty, and filled with melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness. Best of all though, each one of the keto cookies has just 1 NET CARB!
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The Best Keto Snowball Cookies
These keto snowball cookies (also known as Russian tea cakes) are the real deal.
Now, sticking to a low carb diet can be challenging during the holiday season.
I mean, there's just so many party's, and so much food.
And usually, the food is about as far from keto as possible. It's truly the season of comfort food...am I right?!
Of course, one of the most popular traditions during this time of year is making cookies.
And I'm not talking about making just 12 cookies, but making like 1200 cookies. Of course, these aren't usually low carb or keto.
But, today, we're going to change that!
Today, I'm going to show you how to make the best keto snowball cookies on planet earth.
Seriously, they're addicting. Like, you can't just eat one of these keto snowball cookies, so it's a good thing they are so low in carbs!
So, be prepared to overindulge, but not feel too bad about it afterward!
The ingredients you need for these keto snowball cookies are really straightforward.
And those ingredients are...
- Pure vanilla extract
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- And the walnuts from earlier
Pretty simple, right?
Keto Flours To Use, & NOT To Use
First off, this recipe definitely works BEST with almond flour.
That said, I know a lot of people are allergic to it, or simply don't like to use it.
If you fall into either of those two categories, I have good news. You definitely can substitute the almond flour out of these snowball cookies, but you want to make sure you do it with the right low carb keto flour.
The rookie mistake is substituting almond flour for more coconut flour. Unfortunately, you cannot substitute these on a 1:1 basis as coconut flour is FAR MORE ABSORBENT than almond flour.
So, don't use coconut flour.
Because if you do, you're going to end up with a dry mess.
And probably 0 cookies.
Instead, use either walnut flour or sunflower seed flour. Both of these flours are keto friendly, and can be substituted for almond flour on a 1:1 basis.
The only thing to keep in mind is that walnut flour can have a pungent taste to it, and sunflower seed flour is more neutral tasting.
Keto Friendly Sugar Substitutes
Ok, so to make these keto snowball cookies low carb and keto, you obviously want to skip the sugar.
And my favorite way to replace sugar in this keto Russin tea cakes recipe, and all keto recipes, is by using Swerve.
The reason I like to use Swerve is that it measures cup for cup like sugar.
You can't say the same thing for a lot of other sugar substitutes.
For instance, stevia is 600 times sweeter than sugar - in it's purest form - and as I said Swerve is only as sweet as sugar.
So, clearly, you don't want to substitute them for one another.
That said if you don't want to use Swerve use this monk fruit sweetener from Lakanto. It's as sweet as sugar so you can substitute it on a 1:1 basis.
Replacing the Walnuts
A few people have already asked me if it's possible to replace the walnuts with pecans.
And the answer is 100 percent yes!
Just substitute the walnuts for pecans on a 1:1 basis.
Your snowball cookies will turn out just as delicious with pecans.
How To Make Keto Snowball Cookies
Snowball cookies are actually one of the easiest cookies to make.
The hardest part is just waiting for the dough to chill so that the cookies don't spread out as they bake.
Step 1: Prep
So, the first thing you'll want to do is preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now, add either 1 cup of walnuts - or pecans - to a food processor and process until crumbly.
Step 2: Adding and Combining the Ingredients
Next, you'll want to soften a stick of butter in the microwave, and then use a hand mixer to combine some powdered sugar substitute into it. Once things are looking creamy, you can add all of the other ingredients into the bowl.
When you've added those, you'll want to use your hand mixer again, and mix everything on medium-low speed until crumbly.
Now, at this point, use your hands to form a ball of dough, and then refrigerate the dough for atleast an hour.
Step 3: Shaping and Cooking The Cookies
So, after that amount of time passes, you can form 20 truffle sized balls of cookie dough and add them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Once you've got the cookie dough added to the baking sheet, chill it for 15 minutes.
As I mentioned earlier this just ensures that the cookies will not spread while you cook them.
Bake them for 10-12 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, checking on them occasionally. You want just the tops of the cookies to start turning golden brown.
When the tops just start to look golden, remove the snowball cookies from the oven, and let them cool on the tray. They'll be soft when they first come out of the oven but will set as they cool.
Step 4: Adding The Topping
So, when they're firm but still warm, add them to a bowl filled with Confectioners Swerve and generously coat them in it.
Lastly, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Storing These Keto Snowball Cookies
Ok, so you made these keto snowball cookies, you ate 'em, and you loved 'em! But now you've got some sugar free snowball cookies left over.
Well, as far as storing the cookies, you can keep them out at room temperature, or you can keep them in the fridge/freezer.
If you store these Russian tea cakes at room temperature, or in the fridge, they'll stay good for up to a week.
However, if you store them in the freezer than can stay good for up to several months.
So, just keep that in mind if you don't eat all of these keto snowball cookies the day that you make.
Other Keto Cookies For the Holidays
I've actually done quite a few keto cookie recipes on the blog already. And, most, if not all of them, would make perfect holiday cookies.
So check out these keto recipes:
- Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Keto Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Keto Nutter Butters
- Keto Magic Cookies
Keto Snowball Cookies
These Keto Snowball Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie! They're rich, nutty, and filled with melt-in-your-mouth buttery deliciousness. Plus, they're just so easy to make. Best of all, you'd never know these were low carb snowball cookies...they taste just like the real thing.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 20 Cookies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Keto
1 Cup (120g) Walnuts (or Pecans)
1 Stick (112g) Salted Butter
½ Cup (75g) Confectioners Swerve
1 tablespoon (7g) Coconut Flour
Just less than 1 ½ Cups (161g) Almond Flour
1 teaspoon (4g) Pure Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
⅓ Cup (50g) Confectioners Swerve
- Add the walnuts to a food processor and process until ground (don’t over process).
- Now in a medium sized bowl soften the butter just a bit in the microwave, add the Swerve to it, and beat with a hand mixer until combined and creamy.
- Once combined, add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl, and beat until crumbly.
- When the ingredients become crumbly use your hands to form a ball of dough, and refrigerate it for atleast an hour (this ensures the cookies don’t spread).
- Now use your hands to form 20 small truffle sized cookies and add them to 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
- Chill the dough again for about 15 minutes.
- Cook at 325 Degrees F. for about 10-12 minutes (until they just turn golden brown on top). *NOTE: You'll want to cook them in 2 batches to avoid the cookies burning on the bottom.
- Let them cool in the pan...they’ll be soft when the come out, but as the cool they’ll firm up.
- When they’re a bit firmer (but still warm) toss them in the Confectioners Swerve topping and let them finish cooking on a wire rack.
- Store in a sealed bag/container for several days.
***The "scale up" function in this recipe card does not scale up the grams properly, so you'll need to do this yourself.
- Serving Size: 1 Cookie
- Calories: 140
- Fat: 12.75
- Carbohydrates: 2.75
- Fiber: 1.5
- Protein: 3
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Sara Houseman says
I am so excited!!!! These cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie!! I can’t wait to try them!!!
The Diet Chef says
Hope you like them Sara :)
STACY G says
Hi Joe thanks for this recipe just want to make sure I understand the instructions are we supposed to chill the dough balls in the freezer for 15 minutes before putting them in oven I'm confused
I have tried a lot of your recipes. The ice cream, my daughter and I love!! Thank you!! I am going to try this recipe. You’re the best! Thank you ever so much, Diet Chef, Joe Duff!! I have tried many of your recipes and love them. You’re amazing for helping us stay on track!! 🤗☺️🙂
Tried and making more today! Excellent cookie. I made with raw pecans. Found great even without the swerve dusting, probably because keto for more than a year. Also made with 1 Tablespoon scooper, got 33 cookies. A definite keeper. Thanks Joe!
Joe I LOVE ALL YOUR RECIPES!! Thank you for sharing them and your videos are what really make the difference for me because when I watch you do it so effortless, I think maybe just maybe I could too! I read loads of recipes but some have sooo many ingredients with convoluted instructions that I can get lost in them and not know which end is up! But with yours they are always Keto ingredients that I have on hand and they are versatile as well. These snowball cookies I was thinking I could change them up by adding a little green or red food coloring and then adding a minty extract or a cherry extract just a little and it would change them up also could add yellow or orange and do the corresponding lemon or orange extract flavouring. Also I could go crazy and change out the nuts from walnuts to pecans or hazelnuts or macadamia nuts. I could make a chocolate hazelnut version with some cocoa powder or chocolate extract and hazelnuts. I love that it’s such an amazing base style recipe that can be changed to make something with a completely different taste profile. As always I value your opinion do you think my suggestions above would work? I’d love to hear your advice. Thanks! Thank you so much for all your hard work! I’m truly inspired, Leanne
Pauline Napieralski says
so glad I found this recipe. I have a grandson who has flies and eggs are one of his triggers. So it's nice to be able to make him a delicious safe cookie, and he loves them. Thanks
These are amazing. I used pecans and they are perfect. Highly recommend this recipe.
My only comment is that your use of grammar was a bit confusing when it came to substituting ingredients. When one wishes to use pecans instead of walnuts, I believe it would be less confusing if you said “substitute pecans for walnuts.” I don’t wish to be the grammar police. But I think my suggestion is proper grammar. If you say “substitute walnuts for pecans,” I would assume it means that there are pecans in the original recipe.
The Diet Chef says
Thanks for the tip Ed! Happy holidays :)
Whatever Ed!!!! Really???? You just had to go there?? Completely unnecessary!!! I’m sure you’re patting yourself on the back for pointing this out🤣. Personally I’m embarrassed for you😔😒
Amy Myers says
Hi, I was wondering if pecan flour could be used for this recipe? I like these cookies with no nut chunks in them. Thank you so much for this recipe!
The Diet Chef says
Yes, it should work fine :)
Amy Myers says
Thank you 😊
Lisa Madinger says
Omg they are delicious 😋 we call them butter balls, lol we have made these for for 50 years or so, it was one of my family's favorite. I'm diabetic can't have the regular recipe, yours is fabulous, thank you stay safe
Debbie McMurry says
Excellent! Thank you
I had used the pecans vs the walnuts in this recipe. Oh, my goodness. This cookie taste wonderful and my husband, who is not a Keto fan, loves them. Hats off to you!
These tasted amaze. Glad you do these videos for us small people out in the world trying to eat healthier. Thanks Mr Duff. Continue your great recipes as I have used a few already!!
Hi Chef .Joe
My mouth is watering just looking at all your recipes !!!
I haven't tried them out yet but will definitely start as soon as I get to the store for some ingredients
I have a sweet tooth from hell and it's my downfall therefore gaining weight !!
These recipes are going to save my attempt to lose the weight I've gained !! Thanks for your creativity
This recipe is now a holiday staple for me! Absolutely delicious and easy to make😋😋😋. Thank you!!