Snowball Keto Christmas Cookies are sugar-free and delicious. They are soft, shortbread-like cookies made with healthy almond flour and sweetened with low-carb and calorie-free erythritol. Good thing you're only 20 minutes away from curing your sweet tooth!

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It's holiday season! And we're celebrating with a batch of our favorite almond flour shortbread cookies. Only this year, we've decided to give them a healthy makeover.

Why you'll love these keto Christmas cookies

  • They are soft and buttery. Think melt in your mouth shortbread cookies.
  • Perfectly sweetened. Not too much, not too little. Juuust right.
  • Sugar-free cookies means you can eat an extra. Or three extra.
  • It's a super easy Christmas cookie recipe that requires only one bowl, one spoon, and a baking tray.
  • With the little cranberry on top, we think they look like Christmas ornaments. So festive!
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Tips for making these almond snowball cookies

These keto Christmas cookies are very easy to make. But there are a few tips for making sure they turn out perfect.

Use well soften butter. As soon as I start thinking about cookies, I take the butter out of the fridge. It needs several hours at room temperature to get very soft. If you're in a rush, cut the amount you need for this recipe (½ cup) into small pieces. The small pieces will soften much faster than a brick of butter.

Use fine almond flour. For the best texture, avoid almond meal. It's more coarse and will result in denser cookies.

Dust the cookies with powdered erythritol when they're still a little warm. It will stick better if they're warm.

Have patience. These cookies taste underdone when warm. They're better if you wait for them to cool.

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What makes these healthy Christmas cookies?

To make this a sugar-free cookie recipe, we use erythritol as a sweetener.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is found naturally in some fermented foods. (But what you buy in the store and is used in this recipe is man-made.) While it tastes sweet and acts similar to sugar in recipes, it passes through the body without being metabolized. It has no calories, no net carbs, and does not spike insulin.

So to make healthy keto Christmas cookies, we start by using erythritol. Then we add some healthy almond flour, which is high in protein and healthy fats. And finally, we use butter – grass-fed if you want it to be. A sprinkle of sea salt and a small splash of vanilla and you've made your cookies!

And if you love keto desserts, try this keto pumpkin cheesecake!

A plate of almond flour shortbread cookies topped with cranberries with a few missing from the plate.

So do we! We make refined sugar-free cookies regularly. These are our favorites:

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Snowball Keto Christmas Cookies

Snowball Keto Christmas Cookies are sugar-free cookies that taste like the real deal.  They are made with almond flour so they are soft, buttery, and totally delicious. No one will guess that they're healthy Christmas cookies!

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  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • ¾ cups powdered erythritol, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened (vegan, if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 26 dried cranberries


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the almond flour, ½ cup of the powdered erythritol, and sea salt to a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the softened butter and vanilla and mix until a soft dough forms.
    2 ½ cups almond flour, ¾ cups powdered erythritol, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, ½ cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop the cookie dough and roll it into 26 balls. Place them on 2 baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then let cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack. Dust with the remaining ¼ cup of powdered erythritol (a fine-mesh sieve) works well for this) and top each one with a dried cranberry.
    26 dried cranberries


It is best to let these cookies cool completely before digging in as they will taste undercooked if you eat them while they're warm.
Serving: 1 cookie, Calories: 96kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 2mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 109IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg
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