Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Toffee with Dark Chocolate, Cranberries & Pecans

Its the day before Christmas and this is the first treat I have baked.  Crazy right!  Sweet Girl and I made this toffee last night and I rushed to get the pictures before it was eaten so these were taken at night and they look horrible.  I wonder if it's too late to ask Santa for an awesome camera and a light box???

I love toffee, love it so much that I wasn't sure I wanted it in the house because I don't want to eat it all.  But - when I saw Let's Dish claim to have the recipe for the Best Toffee Ever, I knew I had to see if it really was. Fellow bloggers, just so you know, I am a sucker for your recipes titled "Best....Ever." Not because I think Really? Best Ever?  I just know if you are going to title something that - it's going to be really good!

This toffee was really good. We added a little "Holiday Bling" to our toffee with dried cranberries.  I wish I had some chopped pistachios in the house because that would have really added all the right colors.  The tart cranberries were a great addition to this toffee, which by the way, totally stood up to its title of Best Toffee ever!

recipe adapted from Let's Dish
2 cups butter (2 sticks)
2 cups white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped Pecans 
1 cup dried cranberries

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set aside.
Toast the pecans and set aside.
In a heavy bottom pot set over medium heat, melt the butter with the sugar and salt, whisk the entire time the butter is melting.
Bring this mixture to a boil and keep stirring until this mixture reaches a temp of 285 degrees.
Take the pot off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Sprinkle nuts on to the baking sheet and pour the toffee mixture over it.
Top with chocolate chips and as they begin to melt, spread in an even layer over the toffee.
Top with cranberries and refrigerate until the toffee sets.
Break it up and enjoy!!!

On a sad note,  After 18 amazing years we had to say goodbye to our sweet Albert the other night. I can't believe he's really gone. We are all missing him so much already.

One year ago I made Rum Balls

Two years ago  I made Canvas Photo Ornaments

Three years ago I made Our Tree

Linking up to these happening parties!


  1. Oh my goodness that sounds amazing! Definitely something I know I would love. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. I love the idea of adding cranberries and pistachios! I am SO trying that. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad the recipe worked well for you--I've had a few people tell me it was too soft. I even made it again (because I really needed more toffee in the house!) to make sure the recipe was right. Yep, it turned out great and I ate way too much. I guess candy can be tricky, so who knows--I'm just glad it worked for you! And I'm so sorry about your sweet dog. He was so adorable.

  3. Hi Danielle,
    Toffee is my weakness, I just love it and this recipe looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and wishing you abundant blessings in 2014!
    Miz Helen

  4. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week! Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen


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