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I love making Pecan Snowballs to giveaway for the holidays, so today, these Toffee Noel Nut Balls are a kicked up version with the addition of English toffee!!

Noel Nut Balls in a white dish

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 to 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.

Overhead view of a bowl of Noel Nut Balls on a holiday table

Mexican Wedding Cookies with Toffee

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! 

Also, check out these Italian Ricotta Cookies and Stained Glass Cookies.

Toffee Noel Nut Balls

Toffee Noel Nut Balls

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.

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


  • 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


Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line baking pans with parchment and set aside.

Cream butter, then add sugar, vanilla and water. Mix again. Stir flour and salt into mixture. Add pecans and toffee bits and mix thoroughly.

Form tablespoon sized scoops of dough into balls. Bake for 18-20 minutes or till lightly browned.

Roll in powdered sugar while warm.


Adapted from my friend, Cyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 75mg Carbohydrates: 14g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

Holiday Giveaway (CLOSED)

Katrina is also offering a generous giveaway from OXO. You can enter by just leaving a comment using the promosimple widget below…plus there are bonus entries for following my facebook page.  Who doesn’t love OXO???

So after you enter, please head on over to In Katrina’s Kitchen, tell her hello from me, and check out this yummy recipe for toffee noel nut balls. And make sure to browse through all the other fabulous holiday posts Katrina has up for the month of December. Thanks for the invitation to join the cookie party, Katrina! Hope you’re good as new very soon.

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64 comments on “Toffee Noel Nut Balls”

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

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

  3. Love the toffee twist on an old favorite!

  4. 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!

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

  6. making these today!

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

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

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

  10. What is oxo?

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