Toffee Noel Nut Balls

Today I am In Katrina’s Kitchen sharing a twist on an old favorite Christmas cookie, my noel nut balls, for her month long tribute to holiday cookies.  I love making these melt in your mouth, nut-filled cookies rolled in powdered sugar (AKA Mexican wedding cookies, pecan crescents, snowballs, etc), but to make them even more irresistible, I added bits of toffee. 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 is persona non grata around here. Though the hubby has a few non-food allergies, his “allergy” to nuts is totally contrived due his personal preferences. He’ll often claim allergies to mushrooms, mint, pineapple…the list goes on and on. But I decided to share these with my real life friends AND with all of you.

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Toffee Noel Nut Balls #BringtheCookies #Giveaway

Serves 3 dozen     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 38 mins

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.Recipe courtesy of my friend, Cyn.


  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 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. Line baking pans with parchment and set aside.
  2. Cream butter, then add sugar, vanilla and water. Mix again. Stir flour and salt into mixture. Add pecans and toffee bits and mix thoroughly.
  3. Form tablespoon sized scoops of dough into balls. Bake for 18-20 minutes or till lightly browned.
  4. Roll in powdered sugar while warm.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1615kcal Calories from fat 1038
% Daily Value
Total Fat 115g 177%
Saturated Fat 44g 220%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Carbohydrate 138g 46%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 67g
Protein 16g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. YUMMMM! I love anything toffee, and these are festive, and look so good! Making me very hungry! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I love toffee which is a perfect addition to this cookie. And of course OXO is wonderful too!

  3. mmmmmm tofffeeee

  4. Adding this recipe to my husband’s baking repertoire today.

  5. Hill Country Princess says:

    Those look so easy and good!

  6. The cookies sound great! Thanks for posting the recipe, I was looking for that one:@)

  7. I will be making these for Christmas.

  8. I too love nut’s in cookies and the added toffee is a dream I love the look and sound of these and they are so festive looking!

  9. I am going to try to make these. they look so good.

  10. I cannot wait to make these! I love Mexican Wedding Cookies and toffee added in will just make the PERFECT! Thanks, Lizzie!

  11. Yum!! Those look so good!!

  12. I love that you added toffee to these cookies – the only way to improve upon a classic!

  13. I love these cookies and they really melt in your mouth. Heading over to Katrina’s Kitchen to check it out! 🙂

  14. Liz I love that you added toffee bits to these – great idea! My family would chow these down in seconds.

  15. Liz, The more powder on these cookies the better, right? Almond Crescent Cookies are one of my favorites too. I like the idea of jazzing it up with toffee bits. Happy Holidays!

  16. Oh my, I’ve always loved Mexican wedding cookies but never thought to add toffee. This sounds like a such a winner!

  17. Toffee sounds delicious… hoping these are not the kind that crack one’s teeth : )

  18. I’ll take Bill’s share!

  19. Wedding cookies are my husband’s favorite Christmas treat! Heading over to Katrina’s for the recipe..Brilliant addition of toffee bits =0

  20. I don’t see a widget? Should I?

  21. These sound soooo yummy :+)

  22. Anything toffee is good!

  23. These look deeelicious!! (I don’t see a widget either though, or a link?)

  24. Christy Spurlock says:

    Great recipe. The widget never loaded.

  25. now this is something new for my annual christmas gifting. I love the toffee balls covered with nuts! Great flavor and texture

  26. I got tongue tied with the name (go on, say it fast 5 times) but I love them!! You are my hero.

  27. These cookies would be a hit in our house too. They look wonderful.

  28. These snowy festive cookies look wonderful Liz! Love that you used Heath bars in here, sounds delicious with all the pecans:)

  29. I know I would love these, a lot. I am sure you snuck a few before you sent them off. Love that they had toffee in them

  30. I’ve always wanted to make Mexican wedding cookies and now I can!!! Just needed the right recipe!! FABULOUS giveaway, love it!!!

  31. The Toffee Noel Nut Balls will be a wonderful addition to the holiday table. I will be going to
    “In Katrina’s Kitchen” to get this recipe. Thanks to OXO for the great giveaway.

  32. These look great – gonna try today!

  33. I didn’t know it was possible to make these cookies any better, but your addition seems perfect!

  34. Russian tea cakes are my fav!!

  35. i can’t wait to try those.

  36. Toffee is one of those flavors that I love coming back to … this looks like an excellent cookie!

  37. Those are perfect holiday cookies!

  38. These cookies look delicious!

  39. Can’t wait to try these cookies! I love toffee!

  40. These look really good, have all the ingredients so I will be making soon, love the addition of the toffee.

  41. Hotly Spiced says:

    These look very festive. They look like they’d be great to bring out at the end of a meal. The combination of toffee with nuts is a winner for me xx

  42. these are some of my favorite holiday cookies! the addition of toffee just makes them better!

  43. Fabulous cookies. 🙂

  44. Maggie Wallace says:

    Yummy! Will be making these!

  45. Love the idea of using toffee instead of nuts. I love these cookies but my daughter won’t eat nuts (???)

  46. I love nut balls, and I love toffee – but have never had toffee nut balls. This calls for taking out the cookie sheets!

  47. Why have I not thought of this before?! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!! 🙂

  48. Oh my goodness! Toffee snowballs = genius! It sound so delicious!!

  49. Whoa!!!! Love Christmas baking so much!

  50. These cookies sound wonderful!

  51. You just have to have some snowball cookies at Christmas time. These sound like some of the best ones yet.

  52. I can see all the epic treats I’d make for my office. Newspaper editors need something to lighten them up.

  53. Lorraine Pawelec says:

    Love the toffee twist on an old favorite!

  54. Never thought of adding toffee…one of those smack yourself in the head deals….sounds delicious and I am off to the kitchen…RIGHT NOW!

  55. These look wonderful. Toffee and nuts – how can you go wrong?

  56. making these today!

  57. Making these for our cookie exchange…thank you. !!!!!!!!

  58. Everyone is mentioning the recipe, but there’s no recipe here — am i missing something??

  59. Tracy Powers says:

    I’ve made these twice and they are incredible! Making two batches this weekend for a cookie exchange! Thanks for the great recipe!

  60. What is oxo?

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