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Christmas Toffee

Earlier this year I was getting myself excited about Christmas.  Well, to be completely honest, Amanda had gotten me worked up about Christmas about 3 weeks prematurely.  She even had Christmas music playing WELL before its time.  And while I held out as long as possible, I couldn’t help myself.  I did quite a bit of Christmas related browsing and dreaming before the turkey had even been consumed.

Late one night, I sat on the kitchen counter waiting for dinner to finish cooking – browsing pinterest.  My past experiences with pinterest have fallen flat.  But this year I was too excited to take note of this.  And instead, pinned my heart out.  One of the things I pinned was a recipe that was said to be “Simple” or “As simple as it gets.”  It was for “Toffee.”

I don’t honestly know if it is toffee, I don’t know what it is -except good.  SO GOOD.  And easy.  So easy!

The first time I made it, I followed the directions to a T.  The second time I was a bit more relaxed and wavered a bit.  Both times it turned out perfectly -which makes it a successful recipe in my book.  If I can mess around with it and it still turns out?  Then it’s perfect!

We bagged what survived from us taste testing it, and used it as Christmas presents.

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Christmas Toffee

  • 1 cup whole almonds (I cut mine in ½)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 package chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread with almonds and toast.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in saucepan.  Once butter has melted completely, whisk constantly until mixture begins to darken.
  3. Spread mixture over the almonds, and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.  After a few moments, spread the chocolate even, and top with nuts.

Allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces.

The original recipe called for pecans to top it with – and I didn’t buy any, assuming we had some.  I used walnuts instead, and don’t think it took away from it at all.

Originally recipe found here: Easy Homemade Toffee

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