Thursday, December 16

Holiday Sweetness

I know this is isn't a cooking blog, and I leave that stuff up to my sister, but as I was whipping these up for a cookie exchange recently, I thought of you. And, how you might need the perfect gift for friends who stop by during the holidays. Plus, this recipe is super delicious (and, super easy), and it's sad that I only make it once a year.

Making holiday candy and cookies is another tradition in my family. One of the things I remember most about the holidays are all of my mom's Christmas tins overflowing with all sorts of holiday goodness. Chex mix (trash, in my family), butterscotch haystacks, divinity, and of course, this toffee.

The Toffee's cast: 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp karo syrup, 2 Tbsp water, 1 cup chocolate chips, 2 cups whole nuts, 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans work, I used walnuts)
Bring the butter, sugar, water & Karo to a boil and cook about 7-8 minutes. If you want to use a thermometer, you want the mixture to be at 290 degrees. If you don't want to use a thermometer, we've decided that if you start a timer for 7 1/2 minutes as soon as the mixture starts to boil, you're pretty much perfect. Just make sure the mixture is brownish, and not butter colored.
Remove from heat and stir in nuts. (See how the mixture is more "caramel" colored?)
Spread the toffee onto a cookie sheet with the back of a wooden spoon, and pour your chips over the mixture.
Let them sit for 2 minutes and then spread them over the toffee with the back of a knife. (Little bit of trivia: chocolate chips don't lose their shape when they are heated!)
You can top the toffee with chopped nuts, or leave as is. Sometimes a little time in the freezer helps before you break them apart.

For the perfect little gift, break your toffee apart, put a few pieces in a cute bag, and tie it with a festive holiday tag for all your nearest and dearest friends. (There's the design piece, right?! Gift Tag!)
Or, throw some wax paper in one of your Christmas tins, and keep them for yourself to enjoy over the holidays as an anytime snack.

Hugs & Happy Holidays to you all!


  1. Yum! So funny you posted this because I thought about it the other day. And I didn't do nuts cuz all we had were walnuts! Guess I shoulda! I love you and wish you were here already!!!!!

  2. Oh. My.

    I know that Christmas is over.

    Really, i do.

    So maybe i'll make this for Valentine's Day...
    and keep it for myself. :)


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