These type of cookies can go by many names, Russian tea cakes, snowballs, butter balls, Mexican wedding cakes, polvornes, butter nuts, ect… Whatever you call them, they are usually a favorite! My mother-in-law makes these with walnuts (I think!) and I LOVE them. As I was researching recipes, I found that any type of nut can be used, I saw one which included coconut which seemed like a good choice for keto to increase the fat, and best of all, no eggs are needed! So for those of you that are looking for egg free cookies, this is the one to try! I even used coconut oil to keep the entire recipe dairy free and vegetarian (vegan actually), so I hope this is helpful to you who need an option like this!
Secondly, you do not need to cook these to eat them. Since there is no egg, it is safe to lick the spoon! The baking time is long and very low, about 170 degrees F (the lowest my oven would go). This is to “set” the outer crust of the cookie. It gives it a little crispiness, and allows you to store them at room temperature. They will hold more fat, so for those of you at the higher ratio’s, don’t worry about adding extra oil or butter, just decrease the water a little. For lower ratio’s, decrease the shredded coconut and increase the coconut flour.
***Bobs Red Mill coconut flour has changed their nutrition values, the new calculation is posted in red***
5.11g protein 5.11
4.48g carbohydrate 3.98
299 calories 299
3.02:1 ratio 3.21:1
22g english walnuts, ground
11g unsweetened shredded coconut, I like the “fine” shred by Let’s DO Organic
7g coconut flour, I am using Bob’s Red Mill
7g coconut oil, melted
1g pure vanilla extract
20g of water (use as much as you need to moisten the mixture)
sweetener of your choice
pinch of salt
Could not be easier! Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. Allow the batter to chill in the refrigerator until you are able to roll it with your hands. If you are using a powdered sweetener (like Truvia), reserve some from your calculated amount to roll the cookies in. You can eat these right away!
To bake these cookies, set them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Set your oven temperature as low as it will go, mine was 170 degrees. Bake for 1 hour to dry the outer layer of the cookie. I preferred the cookies this way, by my kids did not seem to care at all!
You could also press this batter into plastic candy molds and freeze it. Once they are frozen, you can pop them out and then bake them so they will be fun holiday shapes. Here are a few options.. Christmas or Snowflakes