This butter toffee almonds recipe is a snap. The hardest part about making these delicious treats is not eating the entire batch before they completely cool! While any nut will do when making toffee, butter toffee almonds and butter toffee peanuts seem to be the most popular.
The following toffee recipe can also be used when making English toffee. The only difference for basic English toffee is that you pour the toffee mixture into a cookie sheet and later break it into pieces. With this recipe, you simply coat the almonds and space them apart on the cookie sheet to prevent sticking.
Butter Toffee Nuts Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
3 cups whole almonds (or use 3 cups peanuts)
Use a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan to heat all of the ingredients, except the nuts. Stir the mixture constantly to prevent scorching. Using a candy thermometer and medium heat, bring the mixture to 300 degrees. Do not stir. The temperature will rise as the water is boiled off, and this can happen quickly, so be prepared to lower the heat or remove the candy from the heat as needed.
As soon as the mixture reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the stove and add the nuts. Mix until all nuts are coated. Pour the nut mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and separate the nuts.
Candied Almonds Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
3 cups whole almonds
? teaspoon salt (optional)
½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
¼ cup butter
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup corn syrup
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Using a large, deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix corn syrup, brown and white sugar, butter and salt over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to boil, do not stir. Boil gently for about five minutes or until the mixture begins to caramelize. Remove from heat and add baking soda and cinnamon, if desired. Baking soda will cause the mixture to rise, so make sure your pan is deep enough.
Add the nuts and stir to coat. For a variation, add one cup of small pretzel sticks or one cup of mixed nuts to the pan. Once the nuts have been coated sufficiently, pour the entire mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and pop it into the oven. Cook the mixture for one hour on a low setting at about 200 to 225 degrees.
To ensure all sides are baked, stir at least five to six times. Meanwhile, grease another cookie sheet with butter. When the nuts are done baking, pour them onto the second cookie sheet and separate any nuts that have become stuck together.
How to Store Your Toffee Nuts
These nuts will last for about three months if stored properly. Store in a cool place, like the refrigerator, and keep in an airtight container. Moisture and humidity will make the product sticky and stale. Both recipes will yield approximately three to six cups of butter toffee almonds.
If you're craving some fabulous homemade honeycomb toffee or sponge toffee, you can whip up a batch quickly and easily. This sweet treat is perfect to share with the family or pass out in a holiday gift basket.
Easy butter toffee recipes require little or no mixing, baking or cutting. Try creating microwavable butter toffee with this simple recipe.