Healthier Snowball Cookies

The big day is almost here! I don’t know about you but I’ve been insanely busy getting ready for Christmas. Between shopping, baking, cooking, and cleaning I’ve hardly had time to sit down (probably a good thing with the amount of cookies, dough, and frosting I’ve consumed). However, I think as of this afternoon I am finally done. Now all that’s left to do is sit down and watch Christmas movies and eat cookies.

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While we are on the subject of cookies, I’ll share a healthier version of one of my favorite Christmas cookies, Snowball Cookies. Snowball cookies have many names, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies, and my favorite Butter Balls.

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Essentially the last name is correct if you make them the traditional way. Since I love to eat these cookies so much I figured I better make them a little less fattening, that way I could have more! The original recipe for these snowball cookies is one I got from my mom. She makes these every year for Christmas and I love them.

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The changes I made to the recipe were replacing 3 tablespoons of the butter with non fat Greek yogurt, subbing whole wheat pastry flour for some of the all purpose flour, and adding a little cinnamon, mainly because I love cinnamon! The cookies turned out great! Flavor wise I hardly noticed a difference. The cookies were a little chewier then the original ones due to using less butter, but the texture was still good. If you are like me and have a hard time stopping at only one cookie then I recommend giving this healthier snowball cookies a try. You will still have the wonderful buttery taste of the original snowball cookies, but you can eat 3 or 4 of these and not feel so guilty!

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Healthier Snowball Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 5 T. butter, room temperature
  • 3 T. non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (quick oats work also)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in after baking

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper.
  3. Beat the butter, Greek yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a stand mixer until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the oats, flours, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and beat until everything is combined.
  6. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
  9. Once the cookies are cooled roll them in powdered sugar.
  10. Store the cookies in an airtight container.
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Comments

  1. Yay, snowball cookies are my favorite kind, and I always have a hard time trying to stop at one. I love how you made them healthier with greek yogurt. I bet they taste delicious anyway! ;–)
    Merry Christmas! x

  2. These are definitely my all-time favorite cookie. So I love how you transformed them into something that wouldn’t kill my diet! They look delicious!

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