Toffee Recipe

An easy homemade toffee recipe that you’ll get requests for time and again! Made four simple ingredients, it is a favorite!

The holidays and making this toffee recipe go hand-in-hand for me. Well, candy-making in general goes hand-in-hand with Christmas around here, but toffee? Well, it tops the list.

Toffee is really so easy to make once you figure out a couple of basics, that you can easily make a few batches within an hour or so and have delicious gifts to share with friends and family or to serve throughout the holiday season.

Believe me when I say this though, you want to make this and then invite as many people over as you possibly can or immediately wrap it into hard to unwrap packages! Otherwise, you’ll be tempted to eat it all yourself. Promise.

And that sort of temptation just needs to be shared amongst all those you love.

This toffee recipe is so easy it is ridiculous. With four simple ingredients that you probably have on hand right now, you could really have a batch made this afternoon for sampling. I use roasted pecans in my toffee recipe, but you could easily substitute another roasted nut or just completely omit the nuts if you prefer. If you do omit the nuts though, do me a favor and add a heavy sprinkle of sea salt on top of the melted chocolate as it begins to firm up. You really do need that little bit of salty-sweet combination that comes from this toffee. Promise.

See, I’m full of promises today and this is my third one – if you give this toffee as presents during the holidays, you will absolutely without a doubt be asked for the recipe and have folks singing your praises. Promise.

Here’s my favorite toffee recipe of all time. Make it soon!

Toffee Recipe - An easy homemade toffee recipe that you'll get requests for time and again! Made four simple ingredients, it is a favorite! //
Yield: 24
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best toffee recipe, easy toffee recipe, toffee recipe

Toffee Recipe

Total Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Easy Toffee Recipe - An incredibly easy homemade toffee recipe that you'll get requests for time and again! Made four simple ingredients, it is a favorite!
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  • 1 cup roasted pecans divided (optional)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat, such as a Silpat. If using nuts, sprinkle 1/2 cup roasted pecans on top and spread evenly.
  2. Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt brown sugar and butter, stirring constantly. Boil until a candy thermometer reaches 300º F. Immediately remove from heat and pour over roasted nuts. Top with chocolate chips and allow chips to begin melting. Spread chocolate evenly over top of toffee with a silicon spatula. Allow to cool for about five minutes before adding remaining roasted pecans.
  3. If omitting the roasted pecans from your recipe, consider sprinkling top of chocolate with sea salt.
  4. Allow to cool completely to harden - overnight on counter or about 20 minutes in the freezer. Lift hardened toffee off parchment paper or silpat and break into candy pieces.
  5. Optional: for thicker toffee pieces (as pictured), I line a 7x11 casserole dish with parchment paper rather than using a baking sheet. Freezing time increases to 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Toffee Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 13g
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2012.

80 comments on “Toffee Recipe”

  1. My family has been making this recipe for years, but lately when I try to make it when it gets to about 280 it breaks and separates and never goes back together… I’ve tried different temps, pans and weather and nothing seems to work… I generally don’t go above medium heat. Any ideas what may be happening???

    • Hi Meredith,
      I’m not sure I understand if you are following my recipe instructions or if this is another recipe as you say your family’s been making for years.
      For my recipe, I always use a candy thermometer, and when the temperature reaches 300 degrees I immediately remove from heat. Also, I stir this constantly while it is cooking.
      I hope this helps.

  2. I have made pastries for many years and have many variations and even pastries of my own concoction.

    Many of the old world items I make are said to require the humidity to be under 15% ( all brittles,toffee’s, etc), I am unsure if it is true but the old women swear it is, and who am I to say they are wrong.

    My question is, if this is true why isn’t it indicated in cook books or is it just the old gal’s way of saying, I need a break too.


  3. To those whose butter separated out from the sugar, this happened to me on the first try. I read on the Challenge Butter website, that using salted butter often eliminates this. Second try, used salted butter; melted butter sticks halfway, then added brown sugar; lowered heat and slowly brought mixture up to temp, stirring constantly. It worked!

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