english toffee

I saw this recipe a couple weeks ago and figured in place of granola, I should fill my jar with english toffee. It was easy enough, and of course I had a ton of butter in my fridge. Once it was done, you simply break it in pieces and put it in the jar- or in cute little bags with red ribbon and a note to bring out the martha in you...

Mailing Toffee- thanks to the Kitchn
makes 4 pounds

1 lb. butter
3 Tbsp. water
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 12-oz. pkg semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 cup chopped or slivered almonds

In a large skillet, melt butter, water, sugar, and salt over medium high heat. Stir constantly and rapidly with wooden spoon, keeping sides of pan clean. Boil, stirring rapidly, until mixture starts to turn a deep golden tan. Quickly remove from heat so as not to burn the mixture. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour mixture into rimmed cookie sheet or baking pan, lined with foil or waxed paper. Allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes, then sprinkle mixture with chocolate. When chocolate looks glossy, spread with an offset cake spatula or a wooden spatula, and sprinkle with nuts. Press nuts into chocolate by covering pan with wax paper and pressing with palm of hand.

Cool 8 to 12 hours, then break toffee into chunks. Wrap in foil or plastic film for giving away.


  1. Anonymous12/17/2009

    Ohh! This looks delicious. Must add this to my cooking list!

  2. please overnight to my party. which is tomorrow. / red eye deliver it yourself!

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  3. Laura, this looks so good! I hope you have a Merry Christmas! :-)

  4. Neat blog, just friended you! That recipe looks amazing, and with ingredients like that, how can you go wrong?!