Snowball Cookies with Toffee are sweet, buttery with a double dose of crunch! These classic Noel Nut Balls are kicked up a notch!

Adding chopped toffee to these Mexican Wedding Cookies was a delicious twist on a holiday favorite. If you’re looking for a new Christmas cookie recipe to try, this is a winner!

Noel Nut Balls in a white dish.

Why You Must Make

These holiday cookies are a twist on an old favorite Christmas cookie, my Pecan Snowballs. I love making these melt-in-your-mouth, nut-filled cookies rolled in powdered sugar, but to make them even more irresistible, I added bits of toffee.

  • Adding toffee to a classic cookie pushes these babies over the top!
  • These are a delicious way to shake up your holiday baking.
  • If you love snowball cookies and toffee, you will adore these cookies.

That little addition totally pushed these babies over the top. I baked up a batch for a cookie exchange but seriously contemplated keeping them all to myself. My loyal readers will know that any nut-filled cookie that’s in my kitchen will get totally ignored by everyone except the cook. Though the hubby has a few non-food allergies, his “allergy” to nuts is totally contrived due to his personal preferences.

Overhead view of Noel Nut Balls in a white dish.

Expert Tips

  • I like to line my baking sheets with parchment paper. It helps make for easy cleanup, and there’s no sticking!
  • To make this version of Mexican Wedding Cookies, cream the butter, then start adding the other ingredients and mixing, ending with the pecans and toffee bits.
  • Make sure to chop your pecans and toffee pretty tiny, at least as small as a mini chocolate chip.
  • PRO-Tip: I prefer chopping up some Heath bars versus using a bag of toffee chips. I feel the quality is better.
  • It’s up to you what size and shape you make your nutballs. I make tablespoon-sized rounds, but smaller works, too. And like I mentioned above, the crescent shape is very common, too.
  • Bake until these are lightly browned.
  • Roll in powdered sugar while they’re warm. This helps the powdered sugar stick. I like to redust with powdered sugar after they cool, too.
  • PRO-Tip: There is no egg in these Noel Nut balls! Perfect if you have an egg allergy. Egg allergies actually are more common than nut allergies or peanut allergies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Nut Balls?

Nut balls (or Nutballs) are known by many other names besides Mexican Wedding Cookies. These melt-in-your-mouth cookies came into vogue in the 1950s and are also called Russian Teacakes, Mexican Teacakes, Russian Wedding Cookies, Snowballs or Butterballs. The texture and “snow” coating of powdered sugar make them popular for the holidays, but tasty enough to make all year long! Add some toffee to shake things up! When made in crescent shapes instead of balls, they’re also known as pecan crescents!

What Kind of Nuts Can Be Used?

Pecans are my preference, but walnuts and almonds will also work well.

Why Are These Called Mexican Wedding Cookies?

Historians think the strained relationship between the United States and Russia during the Cold War, which started in the late 1940s, caused a name change. One of the alternative names, Russian Tea Cakes, was not socially acceptable anymore, so this same cookie recipe became Mexican Wedding Cookies!
The name snowballs is pretty self-explanatory since they’re dusted heavily with powdered sugar which represents snow. Why they’re known by so many other names makes it even more confusing!

How Long Do Mexican Wedding Cookies Keep?

Like most cookies, they’ll keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days. To freeze, place cooled cookies in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag, remove as much air as possible freeze for up to 3 months (though I’ve kept mine longer!).

Mexican Wedding Cookies with Toffee bits in a white serving bowl.

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Noel Nut Balls in a white dish

Toffee Noel Nut Balls Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 36 cookies

Toffee Noel Nut Balls (Mexican wedding cookies) made extraordinary by adding chopped Heath bars to the batter. A new twist on a classic holiday recipe.


  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 5 Heath bars (or about 6 ounces) finely chopped (to about half the size of a standard chocolate chip)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Line baking pans with parchment and set aside.
  3. Cream butter, then add sugar, vanilla, and water. Mix again.
  4. Stir flour and salt into the mixture.
  5. Add pecans and toffee bits and mix thoroughly.
  6. Form tablespoon-sized scoops of dough into balls.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or till lightly browned.
  8. Roll in powdered sugar while warm.


Sift powdered sugar if you find it has a lot of little lumps.

Adapted from my friend, Cyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g


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