These keto snowball cookies taste just like the real thing. I tested a lot of low carb and keto Christmas cookies this year and most of them didn't make the cut. My original Pecan Finger Cookies are my favorite cookie and I just couldn't live without them.
I never actually intended on creating low carb and keto recipes — especially keto Christmas cookies. But, it turns out that I've been struggling with my weight and my blood sugar. So here we are.
I'm a firm believer that everyone is different and we all have to find what works for us. I've learned that low carb and keto helps me to control my weight and my blood sugar.
It's a reality that I've had to accept but I'm not willing to compromise on being able to include the food that I love in my diet.
What You’ll Love About Keto Snowball Cookies
- These cookies taste just like the original. I'm not even kidding. I was so happy with how these came out. I honestly believe that no one would ever know that these cookies are sugar-free.
- Low carb and keto. These amazing Christmas cookies have only 1 carb per cookie. The original version of my Pecan Finger Cookies has 7 grams of carbs per cookie.
- Gluten-free. Almost all low carb and keto baked goods are naturally gluten-free. This is great news if you're gluten intolerant or just trying to avoid gluten.
When I started testing low carb keto Christmas cookies, I wanted to make sure I nailed it. These are my favorite cookies and I wanted them to be perfect.
I used my Grammy's recipe as a guide for these cookies and made them low carb.
If you have been looking for keto Christmas cookie recipes that totally taste like the real thing then look no further.
Ingredients you'll need to make keto snowball cookies.
- Almond flour and coconut flour. Because these cookies are made in the food processor, the flours are processed to a finer consistency, which gives these cookies their amazing texture. (I use Anthony's brand.)
- Xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is used in keto baking to step in for the lack of gluten. Xanthan gum adds elasticity and tenderness to baked goods, which is usually gluten's job.
- Erythritol. I used Swerve brown sugar and powdered sugar in this recipe.
- Butter. Use softened butter. I usually let the butter soften for about 30 minutes; it doesn't need to be super soft.
- Pecans. You can add the pecan into the food processor and process them with everything. They will be extra fine. Alternatively, if you want the nuts to be chunkier, you can add them to the dough at the end.
Step 1 — Chop the pecans
Add the pecans to the food processor and chop. You can either set them aside to be added back later OR leave them in the bowl. It just depends on how fine you would like them.
Step 2 — Process the flours
Add the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and xanthan gum to your food processor. fitted with a blade attachment. Process or pulse of about 30 to 40 seconds.
I find that processing the flours in the food processor yields a finer textured cookie.
Step 3 — Add the sugar and the butter
Add the butter and the sugar to the food processor bowl. Pulse the mixture until the
You can add the pecans now if you haven't already.
After the dough is mixed thoroughly, chill for a few hours before baking.
Step 4 — Scoop
I use a small cookie scoop for these cookies.
A #60 cookie scoop is about 2 teaspoons of dough.
You should end up with about 48 cookies. You can roll these keto pecan cookies gently into balls or small log shapes. They will get slightly larger as they bake.
Step 5 — Bake
Preheat the oven to 275℉.
These bake at a really low temperature for about 40 to 50 minutes. I know it seems like a long time but trust me these bake low and slow.
The cookies will feel soft when you first take them out. Make sure they cool before the next step. They don't have to be room temperature but they should be cool enough to handle without breaking apart.
Step 6 — Roll in powdered ethyritol or powdered monk fruit sugar
Add about 1 cup of the powdered ethyritol to a bowl.
Drop each cookie into the bowl of sugar and then toss gently until the cookie is coated completely in powedered sugar.
FAQs and Expert Tips
Yes, almond flour is low carb and high in protein.
Xanthan gum helps to add flexibility and binding to baked goods that don't contain any gluten.
Yes, you can eat sugar free cookies on keto if they are made with almond or coconut flour. Traditional wheat flour is high and carbs and should be avoided on a ketogenic diet.
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Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Add the nuts to the food processor. Process them until they are finely chopped. You can either take them out and set them aside OR just leave them in. If you want the nuts to be chunkier set them aside to be added back later.
- Add the almond flour, the coconut flour, the salt, and the xanthan gum to the food processor. Process for 30 to 40 seconds until the mixture resembles a fine flour.
- Add the sugars, the butter, and the vanilla to the food processor. Process until the butter is incorperated.
- If you didn't leave the pecans in the food processor from step 1, add them now. Pulse to incorperate.
- Cover the dough or wrap it in plastic. Set in the fridge for a few hours.
- Preheat the oven to 250℉.
- Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop. Shape the dough into the desired shape — fingers, crescents, or balls. Place on a parchment-lined or (ungreased) cookie sheet.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Oven temperatures vary so watch them closely.
- Set on the counter to cool. These cookies will be very soft and crumbly but will crisp up as they cool.
- When they are mostly cool and can be handled without coming apart. Roll warm cookies in extra powdered sugar.