Pecan Snowballs (THM S)

One of my absolute favorite Christmas cookies just happens to be a what I grew up calling Snowballs. It’s a dense, ball shaped cookie that has pecans in them. My Granny made them each year as apart of her HUGE cookie trays during the Holidays for her neighbors and friends. I wish I could transform each cookie that she makes into one I can use for Trim Healthy Mama. Maybe that’s a little challenge that I can set for myself…converting Granny’s cookie, one recipe at a time! This year, I’m starting with her snowballs. This is a keeper for me and I’ll make up many to freeze and some for my neighbors as well. I have two sets of neighbor’s out here in the country that are diabetic. I will really enjoy being able to take them all cookies that they can safely eat! My boys enjoy taking cookies in tins to our neighbors each year and this year will be no exception!

pecansnowballsPecan Snowballs (S)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond flour/meal
1/2 cup flax flour/meal
1/2 cup THM Oat Fiber
2 Tbs THM Sweet Blend
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped pecans

*You could use all vanilla, but I love almond extract.

Directions:

Mix the almond and flax flour in a food processor or blender. I pulsed it a few times to make the flours more fine. Add the Oat fiber. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the mix. With the processing, the flour is fluffier now and you’ll have some extra. I ended up with about 3 Tbs left over. Add the baking powder and pecans and blend together. Set aside.

In another bowl, cream the soft butter, extracts, sweetener, salt and 1 egg with a hand mixer. When it’s creamed, sift in the flour a little at a time. When it’s well mixed, form into a ball and place it in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours. After this dough is chilled, you can form the balls from the dough and place them on a well greased cookie sheet. I used some THM Oat Fiber on my hands and that helped a lot in keeping the dough from sticking. I formed the dough into little balls and baked them at 425 for about 5-7 minutes. They don’t spread, so you can get many on the cookie sheet. This should make 1-1/2 dozen Pecan Snowball.

You could dust these in some powered THM Sweet Blend or powdered Truvia for that powdered, dusty look. I wouldn’t roll them in it like, many do the sugary coated snowballs. The sweeteners are much strong that we use. Maybe a light dusting would be better if you really want to do that, but I like them just as they are.

Note: You could also make a ball of dough, press your thumb in the middle and make a thumbprint cookie with some all fruit jam or homemade jam. I used strawberry on mine and loved them! Just another option if you want a few cookie ideas.

Printable Recipe:

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Pecan Snowballs (Low Carb~Sugar Free)
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Yummy, nutty Christmas cookies!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond flour/meal
  • ½ cup flax flour/meal
  • ½ cup THM Oat Fiber
  • 2 Tbs THM Sweet Blend
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Mix the almond and flax flour in a food processor or blender.
  2. I pulsed it a few times to make the flours more fine.
  3. Add the Oat fiber.
  4. Measure out 1½ cups of the mix.
  5. With the processing, the flour is fluffier now and you’ll have some extra. Add the baking powder and pecans and blend together. Set aside.
  6. In another bowl, cream the soft butter, extracts, salt and 1 egg with a hand mixer. When it’s creamed, sift in the flour a little at a time.
  7. When it’s well mixed, form into a ball and place it in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours.
  8. After this dough is chilled, you can form the balls from the dough and place them on a well greased cookie sheet.
  9. I used some THM Oat Fiber on my hands and that helped a lot in keeping the dough from sticking. I formed the dough into little balls and baked them at 425 for about 5-7 minutes.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!  I have another recipe to share and a New Year’s Giveaway..so be watching for that!

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Pecan Snowballs (THM S) — 14 Comments

  1. I have had a hard time finding THM sweets I like. I love these!!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  3. Oh, you’re my favorite! I was just wondering if I could figure out how to THMify snowballs. My husband likes them without the sugar coating, so these would be perfect. I wonder if Gentle Sweet would work for dusting sugar? I haven’t tried it yet, since it always seems to be out of stock, but if it tastes close to real sugar, it might work.

  4. Jennifer,
    God bless you and thank you for your servants heart in both reaching out to many through your website page and in the way you are teaching your children kindness with your neighbors.

  5. joellen- i had found this recipe online some time ago (although it’s not jen’s recipe)…. it’s pretty good, but as noted, the cookies are rather fragile.

    Russian Tea Cakes/Snowballs (S)

    1 cup butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    4 tablespoons powdered Truvia
    2 cups almond flour
    1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
    1 cup ground walnuts
    1/3 cup powdered Truvia for decoration

    Cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Stir powdered Truvia into butter mixture until blended. Mix in ground walnuts, almond flour, and xanthan gum. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them two inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 350. When cool, roll cookies in remaining powdered Truvia.
    Note… These are very fragile cookies; handle carefully!

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  7. These are one of my favorites as well, and thanks for the “thumbprint” cookie tip. I love cookie versatility 😀