Holiday Baking:: Crazily Addictive Almond Toffee White Chocolate Bites with BONUS Sinfully Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

My mom Stacy is a fabulous cook, just like her mother was. Like most fabulous cooks, she’s “famous” for a few dishes that she’s known for making very well. During the holidays, her old-fashioned peanut butter fudge definitely tops that list. Since that recipe is a family secret and I was asked not to share it, we compromised and I’m sharing these delicious cookies instead! (But I did give you a delicious alternative peanut butter fudge recipe at the end of this post just in case you now have a craving for peanut butter fudge!)

These cookies are buttery, chewy, and oh so decadent. They’ve been gifted in cookie tins and brought to many a holiday party. We hope you’ll love them!

Stacy’s Almond Toffee White Chocolate Bites

One of the cookies my mom is known for is a twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. What sets hers apart most is that she makes them in mini muffin tins – the shape creates a thickness that makes the cookies perfectly chewy.

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

¾ cup white sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups white chocolate chips

½ cup sliced almonds

1 cup English toffee bits (the plain Bits O’Brickle toffee bits, not the Heath bar chips with the milk chocolate)

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter, both sugars, and vanilla extract. Add the eggs in one at a time and gradually beat in the dry mixture. Stir in white chocolate chips, almonds, and toffee bits. Drop by rounded tablespoons into greased mini muffin tins. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 5 dozen mini muffin-sized treats.

BONUS: Sinfully Easy Peanut Butter Fudge (that is NOT my mom’s recipe)

When I said I wasn’t privy to sharing my mom’s old-fashioned peanut butter fudge, I meant it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share this surprisingly quick and easy alternative recipe I stumbled upon! It comes together in less than 5 minutes and makes a perfect gift!

1 10-ounce jar creamy peanut butter

1 16-ounce can frosting (vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese, whatever floats your boat!)

Scoop contents of both jars into a microwaveable bowl and microwave at 1-minute intervals until completely melted. (In my microwave, it takes about 2 minutes.) Whisk well to combine and pour into a foil or parchment-lined 8×8 pan. Cool until set, slice into squares, and enjoy!

Joey is a New Orleans native, Dominican alum, and LSU grad who joined the ranks of motherhood in the summer of 2019. She and her Colorado born-and-raised husband, Phil, left their Mid-City apartment for a house on the Northshore about ten days before they welcomed their son, Sam, into the world. Though she’s always had a passion for writing, it’s her work as the Director of Marketing for a Louisiana-based electrical firm that pays the bills. She’s a longtime member of the dance troupe The Muff-A-Lottas and when she isn’t covered in glitter and dancing through the streets of New Orleans, she’s usually cooking, trying new restaurants, and listening to true crime podcasts. A consummate Pinterest fanatic, she’s always looking for her next DIY project or recipe to try. She believes good senses of humor and random acts of kindness make the world go ‘round.

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