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Hazelnut Toffee Recipe

Hazelnut Toffee Recipe

The Willamette Valley produces a lot of hazelnuts, so this recipe is truly representative of our area. I always make plenty of this delicious toffee to serve at Christmas and give as gifts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • 1. Place hazelnuts in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 300° for 15 minutes or until toasted; set aside.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, water and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and boil for 2 minutes. Stir in butter; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 300° (hard-crack stage) on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat; quickly stir in salt, baking soda, orange extract and 1-1/4 cups toasted hazelnuts.
  • 3. Pour into a greased baking sheet and spread to 1/4-in. thickness. Let stand at room temperature until cool, about 1 hour.
  • 4. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spread over toffee. Sprinkle with the remaining hazelnuts. Let stand for 1 hour. Break into bite-size pieces. Yield: 2 pounds.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 322 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein .

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