Keto Chocolate Mint Snowball Cookies

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Alright guys, here it is…the first official Holiday/Christmas recipe of the year! That’s right, we are starting early! Last year I slacked a bit and didn’t start baking until half-way through December so I felt like this year, since the blog has grown so much, I needed to work on that and redeem myself, haha. So without further ado, say hello to my little friends(movie reference..I’m lame, I know). Anyways, these are my Chocolate Mint Snowball Cookies! These are the cutest little things and if anyone has seen a Christmas or Holiday cookie recipe book, these are usually always included in some way, shape or form.

Everyone has their own version of these cookies so for me, I had to take inspiration from the best. My mother. Yup every year she makes these using this recipe she’s had for AGES. The cool thing about it is that it’s a bit different from the other versions of this recipe since it uses “sweetened condensed milk” as the main source of sweetness in the cookies. This gives them their characteristic fudgey texture.

Now I know what you’re thinking.. “I’m on a KETO DIET. I can’t be throwing sweetened condensed milk into my recipes?! That stuff is loaded with sugar”. But fear not my friend. I’ve found an alternative that will have you wanting to slather it on everything you eat(honestly, I’m pretty sure I could have just eaten it by the spoonful but I figured actually making a recipe for you guys might be more important).
The recipe for the Low-Carb Sweetened Condensed Milk was developed by Carolyn over at “All Day I Dream About Food” and I give her full credit! The only thing I did was change the amounts to make exactly enough for this recipe and cooked it for slightly less time. (You can find the original recipe here: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/sugar-free-condensed-milk/ )
So with that said, let’s stop the rambling and get to making some delectable chocolate mint cookies.

Keto Chocolate Mint Snowball Cookies

Serves: 24

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup(120g) stevia-sweetened chocolate-chips (these or these)
  • 2 tbsp(30g) butter
  • 5 tbsp “low-carb sweetened condensed milk” (see recipe below)*
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp splenda (or another sweetener-add to taste)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp truvia (or 5 tbsp of another sweetener that measures like sugar-add to taste)
  • 2 tbsp(30g) stevia sweetened chocolate-chips (do NOT melt)
  • 5 tbsp powdered swerve sweetener
*Ingredients (Low-Carb Sweetened Condensed milk):     <– Make this first before starting the full recipe.
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp(10g) butter 
  • 2 1/2 tbsp splenda (or swerve to taste)
*Directions(Low-Carb Sweetened Condensed Milk)
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil
  2. Once boiling, turn down the heat and simmer on low for about 15min, stirring regularly.
  3. Remove from heat, whisk in your butter, splenda (or another sweetener) and a small pinch of xanthan gum.
  4. You can add more or less xanthan gum as needed to thicken the cream. (Just be careful not to over-do it!!! A little goes a long way and too much could create a gummy final product.)
  5. Set aside until needed. 

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(Note: It will thicken more as it cools, use the entire amount in the cookies)

Directions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients except the additional chocolate-chips and sweeteners.
  2. In another separate bowl, combine your chocolate-chips and butter. Microwave for 30-40s, stir, and then microwave in 15s intervals until melted. 
  3. Let the mixture cool for 5min before adding your low-carb sweetened condensed milk, egg, vanilla extract, mint extract and sweeteners. Whisk to combine.
  4. Next add your dry ingredients back to the bowl. Stir until a thick batter forms and add more mint extract and/or sweetener if needed and your 2 tbsp of chocolate-chips.
  5. Refrigerate the dough, covered for at least an hour before shaping.
  6. Meanwhile pre-heat your oven to 325*F.
  7. Place parchment paper on two cookie sheets.
  8. Remove the dough from the fridge and begin rolling it into small balls(I ended up with 24). FullSizeRender 10.jpg
  9. Place each ball on the parchment paper and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Repeat until dough is gone. FullSizeRender 15.jpg
  10. Bake for 11-15min or until cookies are “set” on top. 
  11. Remove from the oven and sprinkle each cookie liberally with the powdered swerve.
  12. Once cooled slightly, you can remove the cookies and set them on a wire-rack or plate to finish cooling. 
  13. Serve immediately or freeze in an air-tight container for future holiday events! Enjoy!

Nutrition per cookie (based on 24 servings): 76cals | 1g of NET carbs | 7g of fat | 1.5g of protein | 3g of fibre

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3 thoughts on “Keto Chocolate Mint Snowball Cookies

  1. I see the product, SWERVE, in many of your recipes. Have you found a place to buy it affordably in quantity? I found it on Amazon for $22.90 USD for 12 oz each of granulated and powdered sugar replacement. YIKES! Who can afford to (enjoyably) eat Keto at this rate?

    I would be grateful for suggestions.

    1. Hi Juanita! It can be quite pricey! I tend to only use swerve for only a few recipes that require a “powdered sugar” replacement. Otherwise I use a combination of truvia and Splenda for the rest. Splenda is typically the cheapest option (I know some people aren’t a fan) but honestly it tastes the best when combined with truvia PLUS with truvia you only have to use 1/3 the amount of sugar or regular sweetener called for so although it’s also pricey, it lasts a lot longer than swerve (Truvia is made up of a combination of erythritol and stevia). Otherwise I would reccomend looking into buying bulk erythritol online (that’s basically all swerve is anyways. It’s just marketed under a brand name) anyways. And as for where else to buy it, you can try a bulk store or the health sections of most grocery stores now carry swerve! I hope that helps! -Sam

  2. I actually have some erythritol in the cupboard – how would I change it from granular to powdered, I wonder . . . coffee grinder? food processor? Ideas?

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