Author Notes: I make batches of this during the holidays and have done so for so many years that I didn't have a recipe written out. Folks ask to be added to my toffee list and are prompt to remind me if I'm a little late in my deliveries. The December holidays at our house mean batch after batch of toffee-making. I could make this in my sleep! I taught my mother how to make this, and we enjoyed making it together once my folks moved to San Diego in 1988. (I've included a photo of our first "California Christmas" together.) After she died, it took me three years before I could bear to make toffee and I renamed it "Scottish Toffee" in honor of her MacPherson roots. For me, this recipe is all about giving and sharing, everything I love about cooking and being in my kitchen, just as women in my family have always done. - Lizthechef
Serves one cookie sheet's worth
- 1 cup unsalted butter ( 2 sticks)
- 1 cup brown sugar, generously packed
- 1 teaspoon best quality vanilla
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips ( one and a half packages) such as Ghirardelli
- 1 cup finely chopped almonds
- good quality sea salt (optional)
- Put half the nuts and half the chocolate chips onto a cookie sheet.
- Cook butter and brown sugar over medium high heat in medium-sized pot, using a candy thermometer, to "hard crack" stage, 300 degrees F. Stir constantly. This will take about 15 minutes. Using a copper pot allows you to cook at a higher temperature without burning the caramel.
- Remove pot from heat and quickly add salt and vanilla.
- Carefully pour caramel mixture over the mix of nuts and chocolate. Sprinkle remaining chocolate over hot mixture. When melted, smooth out with back of large spoon. Sprinkle remaining nuts and gently press into the toffee. If you like salted caramels, you may want to sprinkle some good quality sea salt on top of the candy.
- Freeze one hour before breaking into pieces for storage - or snacking.
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