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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Toffee that's worth procrastinating for

My December goal is to write 20K words on Creed, my work-in-progress. But...every good novel needs a break now and then, and one of my favorite December activities is making candy! Here is a recipe for the toffee in the title:

1 lb (2 cups) butter - the real stuff
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
6 squares semi-sweet chocolate or 2/3 c chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or nut of your choice
A good candy thermometer

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, add sugar & water, return to burner. Cook to 252F. Add 1 c. nuts and cook to 292F. Pour into 10" x 14" buttered metal pan (metal is important: can be twisted). Let set a few mins and spread with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Remove when set and break into pieces. Yum.

Then get back to work!


  1. 20 k at xmas - you are a powerhorse!! looks delish. I like william sonomas' peppermink bark.

  2. The picture just makes my mouth water. Just a few ingredients, a couple stirs ... I'm off to the grocery store.

  3. Now how am I supposed to work when I'm thinking about toffee? :)

  4. This looks really awesome. I might have to try this.
    BTW, I nominated you for the I Love Your Blog Award. =D

  5. Love this toffee! Thanks for the recipe and good luck with completing your resolutions!

  6. Now what *I* really want is your sweet & spicy pecan recipe...we all loved it! YUM!