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Toffee Almond Sandies (Cookie Contest Winner)

5 stars based on 17 votes

Toffee almond sandies

A huge thank you to all who participated in my Le Creuset Cookie Contest! I received hundreds of wonderful and cherished family recipes, and the ones I tried were all delicious. To pick a winner, I packed up the cookies and brought them to a dinner party of twelve close friends. For dessert, we did a cookie tasting, which—in addition to being great fun—seemed like the fairest way to pick a winner. These Toffee Almond Sandies, submitted by Kelly from Virginia, were the favorite, which was surprising because the others looked far more interesting. But that’s what I love about these cookies: they look plain but when you bite into them, you discover a buttery and sweet shortbread studded with melted toffee bits and crunchy almonds—they’re just wonderfully good. They’re also incredibly easy to make and keep well, making them—in my mind, at least—the perfect holiday cookie. Congrats to Kelly and thanks, everyone, for sharing your wonderful recipes!

Toffee Almond Sandies

Servings: Makes about 9 dozen (you can easily halve the recipe)

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies
  • 1 cup Confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups chopped almonds
  • 6 ounces (or 1 heaping cup) English toffee bits

Instructions

  1. Set racks in middle of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt in a medium bowl; mix well.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, granulated sugar and Confectioners’ sugar until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula, then add oil, eggs and almond extract; mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix slowly to combine. Stir in almonds and toffee bits.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, roll in sugar, then place about 2" apart on prepared baking sheets and flatten with a fork. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through cooking, for 14-17 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Reviews & Comments

  • These look wonderful! My Granny used to make a cookie like this and I’m going to make them with my kids on her birthday to remember her.

    - Kami on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • Trisha Yearwood makes a wonderful chocolate orange cake. Perhaps you could work your majic on it?

    - Jody Pease on March 2, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Jodi, Thanks for the suggestion as I’m always looking for new inspiration! I’ll add it to my list of recipes to potentially develop.

      - Jenn on March 2, 2017 Reply
  • Hi Jenn, I just made a comment about the Toffee Almond Sandies and forgot to mention the cook time is 12-14 minutes.

    - Barbara Vorsteher on February 16, 2017 Reply
  • I hosted my first cookie swap in December and was looking for an easy, big batch kind of cookie. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had found what I was looking for. They even had a holiday sparkle! I altered the recipe slightly as follows. The granulated sugar was replaced with 200 grams of pure maple sugar(about 1-1/2 to 1-3/3 cups). The almonds were replaced with 2 cups of chopped pecans and in place of the almond extract, used vanilla extract as I couldn’t find pure maple extract. I did roll then in granulated sugar before baking as the original recipe indicated. I lowered the oven temperature to 325F. These are beautiful and absolutely delicious cookies with the subtle maple flavour and the bonus is they are so easy to whip up.

    - Barbara Vorsteher on February 16, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made 14 dozen of these cookies as Christmas gifts and another 6 dozen for my family and myself. I followed the recipe exactly, except that in the first batch I did not use almond extract because I’d run out of it. I substituted vanilla. For the second batch I used almond extract. The almond flavoring makes a world of difference, so delicious. The vanilla was good too but the cookies were more bland. Also, I found that using a half tablespoon measuring spoon worked perfectly to scoop just the right amount of dough. I’ll make this again!

    - Lynette on February 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These cookies are my husband’s all time favorite! Melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness in every bite.
    Thanks for such a great recipe (all of you recipes are wonderful)!

    - Lee Luo on February 9, 2017 Reply
  • Every recipe I’ve made from your web is 5Star. just want to know if l can add sunflower seeds. I can’t find a recipe for sunflower seed cookies. Does whole wheat flour make a difference instead of all white flour? Thanks for sharing your recipes. All of us in BC Canada love you. Thanks

    - Violet Thompson on January 13, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Violet, So glad you enjoy the recipes! I do think you could add sunflower seeds to these, and regarding the flour, you could try these with white whole wheat flour (I like King Arthur brand) but the taste will definitely be different. I’d love to hear how they turn out with these changes!

      - Jenn on January 14, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was such an easy cookie to make with a wonderful crisp cookie. I made this cookie last weekend with my sisters. We all gave it 5 stars!

    - Susie on December 22, 2016 Reply
  • how do you chop/process the toffee bits? Should I use a food processer?

    - patty on December 22, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Patty, I buy the toffee bits packaged but, yes, a few pulses in a food processor should work. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 22, 2016 Reply
  • Can i crush heath bars to replace the toffee nibs?

    - Sara on December 19, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Sara, I think it would work but the chocolate will change the flavor the bit.

      - Jenn on December 19, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are really delicious, I wish I had cut the recipe in half I would make them again but not so many Thanks

    - Beverly Franco on November 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are AMAZING! Made half the batch, and froze the rest of the dough for another time. The cookies were light, crispy and so delicious! I substituted almond flour for the chopped almonds, and put some sliced almonds on top before baking. Outstanding! Thank you!

    - Bernadette on March 25, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are delicious!

    - Jennifer Peters on December 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just found this website a few days ago so this is one of the first things I have made from it. I have one thing to say, YUM! I’m glad I cut the recipe in half because my pants would never fit after eating 9 dozen cookies

    - Kris on December 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’m not a baker but I made these toffee almond sandies for the holidays. Wow! They were incredibly good!!

    - sharon l. on December 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Excellent cookie. Thanks for another fantastic recipe.

    - Hedy on December 19, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I need the almond toffee Sandies and they were delicious and so delicious fresh out of the oven but then the cookies got hard within an hour how do you prevent them from getting so hard?

    - Bea Lane on December 14, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Bea, Did you store them in an airtight container as soon as they were fully cooled?

      - Jenn on December 14, 2015 Reply
  • Just wondering whether the chopped almonds in the Toffee Almond Sandies cookies are skin on, or does it matter?Thank you!

    - Del on December 13, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Del, I used slivered almonds for this recipe (with no skin). While I think you could get away with using almonds with the skin, for best results I would recommend the slivered ones instead.

      - Jenn on December 15, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These cookies are amazing! A delicate,crumbly,texture,having the crunchy toffee bits to balance them. Good for holiday gifting or any time of the year when, (heaven forbid!), just not feelin the standard chocolate chip cookie!

    - Teri Giese on December 12, 2015 Reply
  • Jenn,
    Please tell me how many cookies (approximately) this Toffee Almond Cookie recipe makes. I want to make them for an office cookie swap and I am pretty sure we will need to make at least 12 dozen. If you have a better idea for this please advise. Thanks!!

    Deb Bay

    - Deb Bay on December 5, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Deb, the recipe makes about 9 dozen cookies, so you may want to make 1 1/2 times the recipe. Hope everyone enjoys them!

      - Jenn on December 6, 2015 Reply
  • Are the toffee almond sandies ok to freeze

    - Karen Marr on October 30, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Karen, Yes definitely :)

      - Jenn on October 31, 2015 Reply
  • Would love to try these and make a double batch, but am wondering, could these be frozen? Then popped in the oven within a few months to bake?

    - Anna on September 5, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Anna, Yes, that would work fine.

      - Jenn on September 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is a great recipe to use as a base for Pecan Sandies. I changed to gluten free and sugar free by replacing flours with a gluten free blend and replacing the sugar with Swerve. It came out great. I used pecans of course and omitted the toffee as they are not sugar free. There are some great recipes on this site. I will try converting the chocolate chip pecan blondies next.

    - Glenda G on March 23, 2015 Reply
    • I’ve just gone gluten free and was wondering which flour you used, and whether you’ve tried and been successful with other recipes on this site using gluten free substitutes. Thanks!

      - Beth on December 21, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are wonderful!! I halved the recipe, very easy to do. Thanks!!

    - Barbara on March 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made these cookies for a special family party. They were a huge hit. I have been baking cookies from scratch for many years, and these are absolutely the best I have ever made. I followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect. Thank you for posting the recipe!

    - Dot on February 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Not enough stars for this recipe! I rolled then in turbinado sugar before baking. These are perfect!

    - Edi on December 21, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are my new favorite cookie!!! of all time. I used kosher salt instead of regular and it made them be even more addictive with a faint salt crumb to add to the sandy texture. The recipe makes a lot but I’ll I’ll be doubling it everytime because they fly off the plate. Yum!!!!

    - Anne on December 19, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Wow, these are amazing! Light, buttery, just the right amount of everything. These will go to the top of my list along with coconut cranberry chews as our favorite cookie. I’m going to have to give these away to the neighbors or my jeans will be too tight in a matter of days.

    Thanks, Jen, for sharing so many delicious recipes with us this year. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    - Linda on December 15, 2014 Reply
  • Thinking I would use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil – do you think that would work?

    - Diane Lestina on December 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Diane, It should work as long as the coconut oil is in melted form — might impart a slight coconut flavor but that’s not a bad thing :)

      - Jenn on December 7, 2014 Reply
  • Can I use all purpose flout for the whole wheat too?

    - Julie on December 3, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Julie, Yes that’s fine.

      - Jenn on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • I use White Whole Wheat flour, instead of all-purpose or wheat flours. Any ideas on what the total flour measurement would be??

    - Edi on December 3, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Edi, I would use 3 cups all purpose to 1-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour. Please come back and let me know how they turn out!

      - Jenn on December 3, 2014 Reply
      • Thanks so much for the response, but I think my question wasn’t clear…I was wondering about making them without using all-purpose flour…using only white whole wheat…your thought??

        - Edi on December 3, 2014 Reply
        • Ahh, sorry, I misunderstood. You can just sub white whole wheat flour cup for cup for all purpose flour but the taste will definitely be different.

          - Jenn on December 3, 2014 Reply
          • How bad can it be?! lol Thanks again!

            - Edi on December 3, 2014
  • this is basically the Amish sugar cookie recipe with add ins.

    - Hannah on June 12, 2014 Reply
  • Would really like to try this recipe, just one question…Is it okay to use almond flour instead of the regular flour Somehow I have this bag of flour and is it okay though.

    Thank you and hope to hear from you soon

    - Lillian on December 15, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Lillian, I’m sorry almond flour will not work as a substitute for regular flour.

      - Jenn on December 16, 2013 Reply
  • I live in Tasmania, Australia and am unsure what is meant by English toffee bits. Is it crunchy toffee broken into shards? Or small bits of firm caramel, also known as toffee in Britain?
    I would like to try the recipe, but can’t find the product you mention in my local stores. We do, however, have a local sweet shop that sells many traditional British sweets (candies) so I think I could make a reasonable adaptation if I had more of an idea of what I am looking for. Thanks.

    - Marguerite on May 14, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Marguerite, It is crunchy toffee broken into shards. Hope you are able to find a good substitute…the cookies are delicious!

      - Jenn on May 16, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Marguerite, I’m also in Australia – what did you end up using for the toffee bits? Thank you!

      - DeLM on May 12, 2015 Reply
  • I have made these cookies a few times and they always turn out great! I accidentally bought the chocolate covered toffee bits and used them anyway, and the cookies were still good!!

    - Karen on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • We added these last year to our annual Christmas cookies to make. They were a hit with everyone who tried them, I wouldn’t change anything!

    - Lindsay Lutsi on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • Delicious…I used unbleached flour since I dint have any whole wheat flour & it worked great. I would love to win the cook wear

    - Denise on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • my mouth is watering and I love the Twix bars!

    - Tamar on June 25, 2012 Reply
  • These cookies are great. Recipe easy and fast.

    - Gayle Snyder on June 24, 2012 Reply
  • Great tasting cookies!!

    - Karen on June 22, 2012 Reply
  • These are my husband’s absolute favorite cookie! Seems like I can’t make them fast enough sometimes.

    - Janda on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • I have made these a couple of times and they are great.. I used chocolate covered heath peices on one occaision and they turned out just as good.

    - Linda on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • I have made these twice to give as gifts and the recipients thought they were great both times. We have enjoyed them also.

    - Anne on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Pecan sandies are my favorite store bought cookie. These are even better.

    - Cheryl on May 16, 2012 Reply
  • These are the absolute BEST cookies I’ve ever had! They’re super easy to make and I love that they make so many. I’ve taken them to every function I’ve been to since you posted this winner and each time I get multiple requests for the recipe.

    - Amy Simonson on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I just made this recipe today, and it is a hit with everyone in my family. I find it to be the perfect cookie — perfect texture, taste, and look. It is light and crisp. The almonds make a great taste and texture. (I had sliced almonds on hand and just put those in the chopper to use. Very nice.) The cookies are flavorful — not too sweet and definitely not bland. And they have a perfect, light color and look. I know we’ll be making these again and again. I baked on a Silpat rather than parchment paper. Delicious cookies.

    - Donna on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • My daughter and I made these for Christmas. My new favorite for sure! Loved them!

    - Paige on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I have made these cookies several times and they are always a big hit.

    - Julie K on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • My girlfriend & I had a bake date, we decided to bake these Toffee Almond Sandies, the recipe was easy to follow and they were absolutely delicious! We sprinkled ground cinnamon on half of the batch, it was a nice touch.

    - Crystal Soto on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I made this at Christmas and dipped half of each cookie in Chocolate. Soooooo good!

    - Susan Pfund on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These cookies were a hit with the whole family and did not last long!

    - Michelle on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Can’t wait to make these! Would love to try the others, will you please post those recipes as well? Thanks!

    - Rita on December 15, 2011 Reply
  • I made these today. Wonderful. I made half the recipe. Definitely use the parchment paper as they do brown on the bottom. How nice to have a new cookie to add to my Christmas cookie collection. Love your site and your recipes. How about a few more Christmas cookie recipes for this year??

    - alice on December 11, 2011 Reply
  • I made these yesterday slightly deviating from the recipe. Instead of almonds and toffee, I went the pecan sandie route as they are the favorite of my boyfriend’s father. I swapped the almond extract for 2 teaspoons of vanilla, added about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and used 2 cups of chopped/toasted pecans. I knew once I tried the batter these cookies were going to be amazing but that first bite was absolute bliss. They blew me, and everyone else, away. Eat your heart out Keebler elves!

    - Natalie on June 20, 2011 Reply
  • These are quite possibly the best cookies I’ve ever eaten! I’m so glad the recipe makes 9 dozen. I may eat most of them myself!

    - Amy on February 12, 2011 Reply
  • Great ideas, Tom! So funny because as I was baking them, I wondered how they’d be with both pecans and chocolate, but because it was a cookie contest, I had to stick to the recipe. Thank you for letting me know! I’ll definitely experiment a little next time.

    - Jennifer on January 27, 2011 Reply
  • Wonderful cookie Jen, I was also curious if you plan on posting the other cookie recipes that were submitted? Always curious to see what other bakers created. As for these Toffee Almond Sandies, I broke mine up in batches and added some ground pecans to one group, toffee speckles (fine ground) to another & chocolate speckles to the third group sprinkling the tops lightly before making any indentations & baking. Another option is rolling them lightly in fine ground pecans or almonds before pressing into a cookie and baking.

    - Tom on January 27, 2011 Reply
    • Tom,
      After making these initially exactly as Jenn wrote the recipe, I’m going to try your variations on my next batches. Pecans are always my favorite kind of nut, so I’m going to try adding them (as well as chocolate to a different batch) and I love your idea of rolling the balls in chopped pecans before pressing with a fork and baking. Great ideas. Thanks.

      - Jane W on January 18, 2015 Reply
  • I love that you made all of these cookies and then did a “taste test” with your friends. Genius. And what lucky friends you have to taste all these goodies! Happy holiday! (p.s. thanks for your recent comment…so great to meet you).

    - susan on December 21, 2010 Reply
  • Anne, Toffee Bits of Brickle is the one to use.

    - Jenn on December 21, 2010 Reply
  • We loved these cookies! They make A LOT! We’ll be adding this to our Christmas cookie list from now on for sure. Thanks!

    - Lynn on December 21, 2010 Reply
  • Congrats to Kelly! I agree, I would love to see the recipes for the others as well.

    - Carrie on December 20, 2010 Reply
  • Ditto… please share the other recipes. They all look fabulous, especially Rose’s Raspberry Almond Thumbprints… they just LOOK like Christmas!

    - Michele on December 18, 2010 Reply
  • The Toffee Almond Sandies look delish!

    I am honored that you tried the lemon thins!

    That was a fun giveaway! I hope you will share the other recipes!

    - Mary Ann on December 17, 2010 Reply
  • What type of Heath’s Toffee bits did you use? I found Milk Chocolate ones and Bits of Brickle Toffee (which is what I purchased) at a Food Lion. I haven’t made them yet.

    Anne

    - Anne Ammerman on December 17, 2010 Reply
  • Yes!! Please print the recipes for the other cookies pictured. I am really interested in the lemon thins!!! Thanks,
    Courtney

    - Courtney on December 17, 2010 Reply
  • I loved this post. Will you share the other “runners-ups?”

    Janise

    - Janise Murphy on December 17, 2010 Reply
  • All of those cookies look delicious! Could you share the recipes for all the pictured ones???

    - D on December 17, 2010 Reply
  • These all look wonderful and I want to try them all…but first will be Toffee Almond Sandies…then Twix bar. Beautiful pictures as usual!

    - Sonja Denney on December 17, 2010 Reply
  • Yum. They all sound and look good. Will you please share recipes for the runners up that are featured? Pretty please!

    - Renee on December 17, 2010 Reply
  • Would you please post the recipes for the other cookies pictured in this post? They look amazing as well! Thanks!

    - Carin on December 17, 2010 Reply

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