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. GUEST POST by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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. #BringtheCOOKIES
I am thrilled to be sharing a cookie with all of you fans of In Katrina’s Kitchen. This virtual cookie swap is right up my alley. Once December hits, I don my apron and pull out my stash of flour, sugar and butter and start my holiday baking. One of my favorite cookies is the noel nut ball…better known as the Mexican wedding cookie. However, when bringing a treat to a cookie exchange, it must be something extraordinary, so I gave these babies a little boost by adding chopped Heath bars to the batter. Doesn’t that sound incredible? They definitely were.

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. #BringtheCOOKIES

These nut balls are super simple to throw together…just cream together butter, sugar, water and vanilla. Add flour and salt, then mix in the finely chopped pecans and  toffee bits. The dough is then rolled into balls, baked low and slow, then rolled in powdered sugar. They practically melt in your mouth. I’ve been known to chow down on these right from the freezer. If your nut balls aren’t perfect spheres after baking, with a few appendages from the melted toffee, just snip those melted bits off with a scissors before dusting with the sugar. Those little pieces are important to taste for quality control…well, maybe not, but it’s a good excuse for a little sample!

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. #BringtheCOOKIES

Thanks, SO much, for inviting me to your cookie extravaganza, Katrina! Hope you’re good as new very soon!!! xo

Toffee Noel Nut Balls

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Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30-50 minutes

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 6 ounces of Heath bars, finely chopped (to about half the size of a standard chocolate chip)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling cookies

Directions:

  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.

GUEST POST by That Skinny Chick Can Bake, recipe courtesy of my friend, Cyn.

A new cookie recipe every day in December- a virtual blogger cookie swap!

This post is part of our Third Annual I’ll Bring the COOKIES Virtual Blogger Cookie Swap. Be sure to check back here every day in December leading up to Christmas where some of the best bloggers will be sharing their favorite cookie recipe! You can also follow along Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ with the hashtag #BringtheCOOKIES. Thank you to OXO for being our exclusive #BringtheCOOKIES sponsor.  Be sure to visit Liz’s blog, That Skinny Chick Can Bake to enter a sweet OXO Baking Prize Pack

 More delicious cookie recipes from Liz:

M&M Brownie Cookies

Caramel Biscoff Blossoms

Browned Butter Snickerdoodles

- Katrina

16 Responses to “Toffee Noel Nut Balls”

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    Cassie — December 10, 2013 at 8:56 am

    DYING for a couple of these right now. So fun!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 10th, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Cassie! Liz certainly makes a delicious cookie, doesn’t she?! 🙂

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Hi Katrina and Liz! My mom always made mexican wedding cookies when we were little around then holidays. So this brings a bit of nostalgia! Must try them with Heath bars. My mouth is watering. 🙂

    • Katrina Bahl — December 10th, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

      Same here! I love these cookies every year around Christmastime.

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    How exciting to find liz here! 😀 Ohhh they look so delicious!!! They look so pretty and festive. I didn’t know we can make them in less than one hour!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 10th, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

      Delicious cookies in an hour? I’m sold too!!

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    Liz — December 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks so much for having me here today, Katrina!!! I’m LOVING all the cookies in this series!!!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 10th, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

      Thank YOU, Liz for bringing the cookies! They look fabulous.

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    wok with ray — December 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This is a nice post by Liz and also my favorite cookies. These Toffee balls look very wintery and festive. Thank you very much! 🙂

    • Katrina Bahl — December 10th, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

      Liz certainly did a great job. Thank you for stopping over here, Ray! I’m so happy to have you here 🙂

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    The Ninja Baker — December 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Do-able, delicious and elegant – now that is one little happy Christmas cookie gift!

    • Katrina Bahl — December 10th, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

      So true! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — December 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Throw a Heath bar in anything and it’s instantly better! Love these cookies Liz and Katrina!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — December 11, 2013 at 12:49 am

    It would be worth the postage to get Heath bars sent from the states to make these!

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    dirtgirl — December 12, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Trying to round up the ingredients to make these as we all love Mexican Wedding Cookies, so the addition of toffee bits and pecan nuts is sure to please. Biggest problem here in Oz is getting just plain old toffees or toffee bars, you’d think I was asking for nuggets of gold! I shall not give up…..
    I am presuming the flour is Plain or All Purpose as you refer to it?

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    Liz — December 12, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Yes, dirtgirl, all purpose flour. Hope you can find the toffee 🙂

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