Christmas Almond Toffee Recipe
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Christmas Almond Toffee Recipe

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After trying a coworker's fabulous toffee, I had to have the recipe! It's now a regular on my Christmas cookie tray. I also entered it at our country fair and received "Best in Show.”—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 cups butter, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 325 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. Grease a 15x10x1-in. pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, melt remaining butter. Add sugar, slivered almonds, water and salt; cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 295° (approaching hard-crack stage). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  2. Quickly pour into prepared pan. Let stand at room temperature until cool, about 1 hour.
  3. In a microwave, melt 1 cup chocolate chips; spread over toffee. Refrigerate 45 minutes or until set. Invert onto an ungreased large baking sheet. Melt remaining chips; spread over toffee. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Let stand 1 hour. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 1-1/2 pounds.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Almond Toffee in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p114

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2015

"Don't use!! Made 3 recipes,none turned out.wasted time and money"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"Use this toffee recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out all sugary. I used the thermometer and the cracked candy test with water and both passed. What a waste of time and supplies."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"I am so disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out gooey instead of crunchy. I just hate the wasted time and ingredients. It was suppose to go to someone."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"I've been making this toffee for 30 years. It's one of the first things to disappear from my cookie trays. Crunchy, buttery, delicious!"

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