almond toffee ~

The tree is up ... 

the house adourned ... 

time for a little baking and candy making ... 

Do you like toffee but are intimidated to make it?  This is the easiest recipe - no candy thermometer needed!



1 Cup of Whole Salted Almonds

2 Sticks of Butter or 1 Cup
1 Cup of White Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Cup of melted Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup chopped Slivered Almonds or chopped Walnuts (optional for garnish)

In a 9x13 pan or on a jellyroll pan or cookie sheet ... line with foil and lightly spray with vegetable oil.
Put in a single layer of the almonds.

In a large, heavy saucepan combine the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.  

On HIGH heat bring to a boil. 

 Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.  
When it begins to boil around the edges start timing.  

Boil for 7 minutes.  
It will begin to get a brownish almond color. 

If you insist on using  a candy thermometer it should read 300 degrees; but who has time for that.  It really turns out great timing it for the 7 minutes. 

After the 7 minute boil ~ POUR over the almonds.  
Quickly spread it out with the back of your spoon, as it will begin to harden immediately.  

Let cool.  
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a glass bowl on high in the microwave for 1 minute.  Spread over the cooled toffee mixture.  Top with chopped almonds or walnuts.

When cooled.  Lift the foil out of the pan and remove.  Place the toffee on a cutting board.  With a sharp, long bladed knife make random cuts.  It will break apart into pieces.  

This recipe is very versatile ... 
You can interchange with whatever kind of nuts you like, peanuts, mixed nuts, chopped brazil nuts, etc...
Also, you can interchange whatever kind of chocolate chips you like, milk, semi-sweet, dark, etc...

The hardest part about this recipe ~ keeping it hidden until Christmas! 

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. Oh my, that looks delicious! I'm definitely going to give this a try. Your tree is beautiful!

  2. I haven't thought about this recipe in years. It was one of my mother's favorites. And it wasn't Christmas until the toffee was in the tins. Thanks for the pleasant memories of Christmas's past.

  3. Sooo I asked Sherry just now, Do I like toffee? OOOhhh yeah it is soooo good.


    Looks and sounds great. Yeah, I am that thick, I cannot remember what I like ('cept a little Sherry' every once in awhile).
    Decorations are nice and you all look so Christmassy. One of these dys I will make a seasonal change on my Blog. LOL

    Love you girl, hugs from Florida.

  4. well now, how in the world did you decide to make toffee...that's exactly what I'm doing this morning but my recipe uses saltines.
    Love your tree....hope to see it soon. LoveYaSissy

  5. Your tree is so pretty and the toffee looks delicious. Now if I wasn't a diabetic I would try to make that.

  6. make that look so easy! I need to give it a try. :-) I always appreciate recipes with minutes rather than the degrees on a thermometer! :-)

  7. looks so good!

    to answer your question, we didn't dig the pond. think maybe first owners did when they had the house built here (we're 3rd owners). not really spring-fed, but we do have a creek that runs nearby and we get run-off from the front field if we get good rains.

  8. Sounds good! Bet I could screw it up, just like I did the ornaments!

  9. Yummy ~ I could be the taste tester this weekend :)
    'love & hugs from afar'

  10. had to come back...ummm, where are those gorgeous Cinnamon Heart ornaments you made all lacy looking?
    Just thinkin'

  11. BOY that looks yummy!!!! I may have to try that! You are such a home-maker and put the rest of us to shame!!