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Chocolate-Covered Butter Toffee

This toffee has been a Christmas favorite in our family for over 30 years now. My interest in cooking also reaches back far—to the preparation of those big threshing-day and family dinners when I was growing up in Iowa.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, salt, water and butter. Cook until mixture reaches 285° (soft-crack stage). Add 1/2 cup nuts. Pour onto a well-greased jelly roll pan or baking sheet; cool. Melt half of the chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave. Spread over cooled toffee and sprinkle with 1/4 cup nuts. Cool. Turn over onto another sheet of waxed paper; repeat with remaining chocolate chips and nuts. When cool, break into pieces.
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