Toffee Almond Sandies are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. Really. They’re filled with almond flavoring, slivered or sliced almonds and loaded with Heath English Toffee Bits. These cookies also use wheat flour as well as regular flour.
The cookies are rolled in sugar before baking making the “sandy” type appearance and texture. Toffee Almond Sandies are one of the most scrumptious cookies you’ll ever eat. I highly recommend them for tailgating parties, Christmas baking or just because!
In addition to lots of almond and toffee flavorings, Toffee Almond Sandies are also very easy to make and whip up quickly. I love Taste of Home cookbooks and recipes, and I have found hundreds of great recipes from their cookbooks and magazines.
We have made this Taste of Home recipe for our Christmas cookie collection in years past. I love the texture of Toffee Almond Sandies, they’re crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The main change I have made from the original recipe is to increase the flour. This enabled the cookie to hold its shape and not flatten out so much that the cookies kind of ran together in the pan. We enjoy them a lot more with this correction.
When I first published this recipe in June of 2012, and then revised in early November of 2012, I was still new to the blogging world and my pictures were of extremely poor quality.
I recently remade this recipe (November 2014) for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2014, and I’ve updated the pictures so you can have a better appreciation of these delicious treats.
Toffee Almond Sandies are one of my favorite cookies. I love baking them for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza.
Toffee Almond Sandies have a nice crispy and crunchy texture.
Each Toffee Almond Sandy is filled with Heath English Toffee Bits and almonds.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Soften butter, add to mixing bowl with canola oil, eggs, sugar, powdered sugar, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda and almond extract.
Mix everything together with an electric mixer. I like to add the salt, soda, and cream of tartar now where it can really get mixed in well with the ingredients rather than stirring it in later with the flour.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour will toughen cookies and cakes. Add whole wheat flour, sliced or slivered almonds, and Heath English Toffee Bits.
Stir ingredients with a spoon to combine.
Add sugar to a small bowl. Roll dough balls into the sugar and Place on greased cookie sheets. I used over a cup of sugar total.
Press cookie dough down with a fork in criss-cross fashion.
Bake at 350 15-20 minutes or until done. I was running 5 racks at a time. My first batch took almost 30 minutes! The second batch about 20 and the third batch about 15-17 minutes. If you only bake one rack at a time, your cookies may cook even faster.
Toffee Almond Sandies are great to take for potlucks, backyard barbecues or tailgating parties.
Here’s a plate of these delicious treats.
Here’s the recipe.
TOFFEE ALMOND SANDIES
(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Annual Recipes 1999)
- 1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 4 ½ cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal[/url] UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups chopped, slivered or sliced almonds
- 8-oz. pkg. [url href=”http://www.thehersheycompany.com/brands/heath/english-milk-chocolate-toffee-bits.aspx” target=”_blank” title=”heath english toffee bits”]Heath English toffee bits[/url]
- Additional sugar
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, oil, eggs, almond extract, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
- Stir in flour, whole wheat flour, almonds and toffee bits.
- Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar.
- Place on greased cookie sheets; flatten with a fork in criss-cross fashion.
- Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned.
Here’s a stack of Toffee Almond Sandies. Wow!
Don’t Toffee Almond Sandies look marvelous?
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