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Aunt Rose’s Fantastic Butter Toffee

I don't live in the country, but I love everything about it—especially good old-fashioned home cooking! Every year, you'll find me at our county fair, entering a different contest. This easy toffee recipe is a family favorite. —Kathy Dorman, Snover, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    32 pieces


  • 2 cups unblanched whole almonds
  • 11 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a shallow baking pan, toast almonds until golden brown, 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Pulse chocolate in a food processor until finely ground (do not overprocess); transfer to a bowl. Pulse almonds in food processor until coarsely chopped. Sprinkle 1 cup almonds over bottom of a greased 15x10x1-in. pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 290° (soft-crack stage), stirring occasionally.
  • Immediately pour mixture over almonds and chocolate in pan. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate and almonds. Refrigerate until set; break into pieces.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Sometimes when you make toffee, the ingredients separate during cooking and there is a buttery layer on top and a thicker layer underneath. To save the batch of toffee, add about 1/2 cup hot water and stir until well blended. Continue cooking as directed.
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  • 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.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 ounce: 177 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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    • brok
      Jun 18, 2020

      Excellent recipe! Perfect just as it is. I stopped cooking when it hit 290 degrees. I immediately stirred it well and poured over the chopped chocolate and almonds. Very quickly smoothed and spread the toffee. Sprinkled some chocolate and the ground up almonds over the top. After breaking it up when chilled in the fridge it made a nice sized batch. I'm a huge dark chocolate fan but honestly the milk chocolate compliments the toffee perfectly. I'll leave the recipe as is for us! Best toffee I've ever had!

    • Cargram
      Aug 31, 2019

      Gotta try this- only I'll use dark chocolate as my family all prefers that to milk choc.

    • jeanniem12
      Jan 28, 2018

      This recipe is perfect the way it is written. I've made at least two batches each year at Christmas for many years and have gotten many requests for the recipe. Excellent!

    • Nomealaska
      Dec 21, 2017

      I have made this Every year for around thirty years. Only difference, my recipe uses 1/2 cup water and 2 tbsp. White corn syrup. Temperature is critical. I have always pored the toffee, the sprinkled chocolate chips on to, until softened, then spread the chocolate around and sprinkled the sliced almonds on top. Next year I may try this method, would probably work very well. Can’t say how great this is.

    • snate56
      Dec 21, 2017

      I was going to answer AuntRoux but her question was way back in 2010! ;)But for anyone else interested you can make toffee with any nut you please, or none at all!I, myself, prefer walnuts or pecans.

    • cindiak
      Dec 5, 2017

      This was delicious. Best of all, I didn't have to run out to the store to buy any special ingredients.

    • indianalynn
      Dec 5, 2016

      This has been my go-to candy recipe for Christmas for several years now. It is easy to make and so good you could sell it at a premium price! My guests crave it and you cannot eat just one piece. If you are making candy for the holidays, you must include this!

    • AuntRoux
      Sep 20, 2010

      Wonderful recipe, but I was wondering if it could be made with other nuts like pecan, walnuts, macadamia, etc.Looks beautiful in that jar, and a perfect recipe for the Holidays.Thanks to all who respond!

    • aheinonen
      Jan 5, 2010

      I make this by the batches at Christmas time and give it as gifts. Everyone asks for the recipe. It is by far the best candy I have ever made!

    • kbartels
      Dec 27, 2009

      This is the best! I have given it for gifts several times and always have rave reviews. It is very easy to make. I like to make it in a 9x13 pan for a little thicker toffee, but that is just my personal preference. Thank you Aunt Rose wherever you are.