Homemade English Toffee

Homemade English Toffee is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts. It's so delicious and so easy to make. (You won't need a candy thermometer to make this great Christmas Treat!) It will become an instant family favorite and also makes a great DIY Christmas Gift. Follow us for more fun Christmas Food ideas.

While Laurie will try to make the argument that nothing says Christmas like my mom’s Sherry Cake.  I say that Homemade English Toffee is Christmas.  For as far back as I can remember, I helped my mom make this buttery chocolatey bit of candy goodness.  It’s a very simple recipe that I guarantee everyone will love.  The best part is you can make a couple of batches and give out tins of English Toffee as Christmas gifts.  Just make sure you keep some for yourself.

 

How to Make Homemade English Toffee

You will need:

  • 2 Cups Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Chopped Nuts (Optional – Can be walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 12 oz. package of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Finely chop the nuts

The first step in making Homemade English Toffee is to chop the nuts. We used Pecans for this batch.  But we have used walnuts.  And we have made it without nuts at all.  It still tastes amazing which ever way you would rather where nuts are concerned.  The same thing goes for how finely or rough to chop the nuts.   We usually go somewhere in the middle between finely chopped and a rough chop.  As you will see in the picture below.

Prepare the cookie sheet for the Homemade English Toffee

Distribute the chopped nuts evenly in a large cookie sheet.  You do not need to prepare the cookie sheet in any way. There is plenty of butter in the candy mixture, it will not stick to the pan once it is cooled.

Melt butter in a medium sauce pan

Melt 2 cups of butter in a medium sauce pan on Medium High heat.  We used Salted Sweet Cream butter for Homemade English Toffee.  You can use margarine if you prefer but the Toffee will taste a little bit differently.

Add 2 cups of sugar to the melted butter

Now add 2 cups of sugar to the melted butter and stir until the sugar is fully incorporated.

Bring the candy mixture to a boil

Now the fun part begins.  You need to bring the mixture up to a boil while continuously stirring so you don’t burn the candy mixture.  The good news is that you don’t need a candy thermometer to make Homemade English Toffee.  You just need to cook the sugar and butter mixture until it turns the color of peanut butter.  It should take about 10-15 minutes depending on your stove.  So start stirring!

Candy mixture when it reaches a boil

First, the candy mixture will reach a boil.  We keep the burner on Medium High.  If you have the burner too high, you can burn the mixture.  Keep stirring!

Homemade English Toffee mixture

Next, the mixture will start thickening up.  Keep stirring!

Homemade English Toffee Mixture - halfway through the cooking process

About half-way through the cooking process, the mixture will start darkening up.   But it’s still not the color of peanut butter.  Keep stirring!

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Homemade English Toffee candy misture - almost done

Now is a good time to get out a can of peanut butter.  We’ve been cooking and stirring for about 10 minutes at this point. Still not done.  Keep stirring!

Homemade English Toffee mixture - the color of peanut butter

This is what the mixture should look like – a medium tan color very similar to peanut butter.  Stop stirring and take the candy off the heat.

Pour candy mixture into cookie sheet

Immediately pour the candy mixture into the cookie sheet with the nuts.  Try to pour it evenly over the whole cookie sheet.

Cookie sheet with Homemade English Tofee

Here is what it will look like.  The candy mixture doesn’t have to go all the way to the edges.  Let it set for a few minutes – about 5 should do it.

Pour chocolate chips onto the setting candy

Sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips onto the top of the still hot candy.  The chocolate chips will start to melt.

Melted chocolate chips

Wait until the chocolate chips are mostly melted. They will look like this.

Spread the chocolate over the candy mixture

Now you can use a knife to spread the chocolate over the toffee mixture.  If you like nuts, you can also sprinkle some finely chopped nuts on the top of the melted chocolate.

Breaking up the Homemade English Toffee

Let the Homemade English Toffee cool and harden for a couple of hours.  Then you can break it up into pieces.  Use the tip of a knife (as shown above) to start breaking up the candy into pieces.

Homemade English Toffee is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts. It's so delicious and so easy to make. (You won't need a candy thermometer to make this great Christmas Treat!) It will become an instant family favorite and also makes a great DIY Christmas Gift. Follow us for more fun Christmas Food ideas.

The pieces don’t have to be uniform.  In fact, it looks best on a plate when they are not.

Homemade English Toffee is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts. It's so delicious and so easy to make. (You won't need a candy thermometer to make this great Christmas Treat!) It will become an instant family favorite and also makes a great DIY Christmas Gift. Follow us for more fun Christmas Food ideas.

That’s all there is to it.  So easy.  So Delicious.  It’s a wonderful Christmas Treat for the family and a really great Holiday gift for the neighbors or co-workers.

Nancy

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Homemade English Toffee is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts. It's so delicious and so easy to make. (You won't need a candy thermometer to make this great Christmas Treat!) It will become an instant family favorite and also makes a great DIY Christmas Gift. Follow us for more fun Christmas Food ideas.

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Homemade English Toffee
Recipe Type: Candy
Author: Two Sisters Crafting
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Chopped Nuts (Optional – Can be walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 12oz. package of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Boil until medium tan color (like peanut butter).
  4. Sprinkle chopped nuts on a cookie sheet.
  5. Pour mixture over nuts and let set but not cool.
  6. As soon as a little set, pour 1 package chocolate chips on the candy.
  7. Spread chocolate chips when melted.
  8. Sprinkle top of chocolate with chopped nuts.

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14 comments on “Homemade English Toffee”

  1. Merry Christmas to everyone! My question is about the after. I see you put colored candies on top. Do you put them on immediately after spreading cohocolatw or wait and how long?

    • Hi Debbie – we waited about 5 minutes after we spread the chocolate.

    • Hi Nancy I have been making a very similar candy for over 40 yrs. It originally came from a newspaper clipping in England. We use almonds unblanched in the pot and blanched after it is cooked. I have to agree that your description of the colour or spot on. Thanks for sharing

  2. I’ve tried many a toffee recipe this year. This one was the best! The peanut butter-colour was the easiest and best way to know when it’s done. First time I did it I stirred with a spoon and butter never fully incorporated. It still worked, I just poured the excess butter off 😉 Did it next time with a whisk and it worked perfectly.

  3. I wonder how Christmas M&M would do with this recipe?? Wondering out loud…

  4. My butter also separated. I’ve made lots of candy over the years and I think Inknow what happened. The mixture was thick and a golden brown color but not exactly the color of the peanut butter. I should have pulled it off the burner then.

  5. I have learned that if you stir with a wire whisk its much easier and mixes much better … Love your blog

  6. The butter separated on mine too. Had butter running all over the pan. Not sure how it will taste.

  7. hi! I´ve done two batches of the toffee, but it has come out well, it tastes great but its a bit of a hassle since the butter is not mixing well with the sugar. what can i do? and algo how many grams of butter do you use? thanks a lot!

    • Hi Roxana – It would be 452 grams of butter. Was the heat high enough? Can you explain more about the sugar not mixing. What is it doing exactly? Are you constantly stirring during the heating process? Sorry for all the questions.

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