Easy Keto Snowball Cookie Recipe (Buttery & Delicious)

This classic Christmas cookie shows up on the cookie tray at most people’s homes during the holiday season. The cookie dough is a classic shortbread flavor with a twist. Often called Mexican wedding cakes, it is easy to take this favorite cookie and make it keto-friendly.

You will like this one so much you will be compelled to write it down on a recipe card and give it to all your friends!

What are Keto Snowball Cookies?

Snowball cookies are small, round cookies that have finely chopped nuts inside. They have a buttery taste and are rolled around in powdered sugar which is why they are called snowball cookies.

A popular Christmas cookie, these little gems are also known as Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies or butterballs.

To make them keto-friendly, certain adjustments need to be made. Using almond and coconut flour instead of regular flour is a great way to cut carbs, but not quite enough. Swapping the sugar for sugar-free sugar substitutes saves you a lot of calories and carbohydrates.

In addition to being low carb, our keto recipes are also deliciously gluten-free.

Low-Carb Snowball Cookie Recipe

When trying to make snowball cookies that are both low-carb and sugar-free, my cookies spread like traditional cookies rather than staying in a dense ball.

Although they do not look like the snowball cookie your grandma used to make, there is no arguing with the flavor. The taste is spot on but the density is not. This version is certainly worth a try!

Prep Time

10 minutes, cook time 18 minutes, cool time 10 minutes.

Total Time

Less than 40 minutes.


  • 1 ¾ cups almond flour

  • 1 cup walnut pieces finely chopped (Since they should be almost ground you may wish to use a food processor)

  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter softened

  • ½ cup sugar free brown sugar substitute

  • 1/4 cup Fiberyum Tapioca Soluble Fiber Syrup

  • 1 large egg at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup sugar free powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, chopped walnuts, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sweetener until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the almond flour mixture until the cookie dough comes together.

  • Roll into 1-inch dough balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool on the pan.

  • Place the powdered sweetener (sugar free confectioners sugar) in a small shallow bowl. Roll each cookie until completely coated in the powdered sweetener.

  • Store cookies in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information

A serving size of two cookies has 180 calories and less than 3 net carbs.

Keto Snowball Cookie Alternatives

There are ways to mix up this classic Christmas cookie recipe.

  • Pecans: Many people prefer this recipe with chopped pecans instead of walnuts.

  • Coconut Flour: Recognizing that this recipe uses both almond and coconut flour, there are recipes made entirely out of coconut flour.

  • Chocolate Snowball Cookies: Add cocoa to the dough and some mini-chocolate chips and you have a hybrid mix of snowball and chocolate chip cookies.