You can’t have Christmas without the images and flavors of gingerbread men dancing through your memory, right? Well, maybe that’s just me. However, since I always like to put a new spin on old traditions, I’ve come up with this recipe for Sticky Chewy Gingerbread Toffee with Almonds. I do hope you’ll enjoy making it this holiday season.
In years past my go-to Christmas candy recipe was always this one for Almond Butter Crunch. This year I decided to change things up a bit, and turn that basic recipe on its head with a gingerbread twist. The result is this Sticky Chewy Gingerbread Toffee, and I’m happy to report it’s a winner!
We had some friends over last night for a few cocktails after we’d been to Cristkringlemart in one of our local towns. The weather was perfect, cold and dry, and the time we went was mid-afternoon on a Friday, so the crowds weren’t heavy, and we could walk through the event at a leisurely pace and not be inadvertently pushed through the sea-of-humanity, as in years past at, Cristkringlemart in Chicago.
I’m not sure why I’m telling you all that when the subject was going to be about the Sticky Chewy Gingerbread Toffee, but I digress.
When we returned home from our day trip, I put out the Sticky Chewy Gingerbread Toffee for our friends, and I’m happy to report that they loved it, and had devoured almost half the plate in a matter of an hour. When the time had come for them to leave, I then packaged up the remainder of the toffee and sent them along their merry way. You just can’t ask for a better response to a recipe than when the people you love, love the things that you make. It’s gift giving at its finest, and what the season is all about!
This recipe is so fast, easy and fool-proof to make that I’ve even made a short video for you so you can see it come together in (almost) real time. Have a look, and if you like what you see, please feel free to subscribe to my Youtube channel for more fun cooking and baking videos just like this one:
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- 4 tablespoons butter I use salted but use unsalted if you prefer
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup dark molasses
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- 1½ cup raw slivered almonds
- 1½ teaspoons ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- heavy duty foil
- 9 " x 13" baking pan
- baking spray
- Prepare a 9" x 13" pan by lining with heavy duty foil and spray with baking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium, heavy bottom saucepan, melt the butter over medium/high heat.
- Stir in the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and molasses and continue stirring for at lease 5 minutes until the sugars have all dissolved.
- Stir in the almonds, ginger paste, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
- Continue stirring frequently for an additional 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda.
- Working quickly, spread the toffee evenly into the prepared, foil lined baking pan.
- Cool for 20 minutes and then place the toffee in the fridge to harden (at least 30 minutes).
- Lift the toffee from the pan by grabbing the foil.
- Remove the foil from the toffee and cut into your desired shapes.
- Serve cold or at room temperature.
- If serving cold, it will be more brittle. If serving at room temperature it will be softer and chewy.
Tools and equipment:
Heavy bottom saucepan
Heavy duty foil
9" x 13" baking pan
Since Christmas brings back wonderful memories, it also reminds me of some of my favorite holiday movies of all-time. Let’s see if you can recollect what these fun and whimsical hand painted beer glasses are from. Something tells me you’ll have no trouble with this…Ho Ho Ho!
Or, how about this hand painted Christmas apron from one of the greatest holiday movies of all time? No guessing required because I’ve painted it plain as day (or make that a cold, snowy night on a bridge, over a river…) on the front of the apron for all to see. Complete with Clarence’s bell 🙂
All of my hand painted glassware items are completely dishwasher safe and non-toxic, and all of my hand painted fabrics are completely machine washable and dryable (no fabric softener, please). I use high quality enamel and fabric paints and take the utmost of care when painting each item. Each item I ship is painted to order and unique, and you have my word that I put a lot of love into each piece I create…just like the recipes I share here. If there is ever anything I can paint for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit one of my shops: Etsy and Wazala. Together we give the gifts that people remember!
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!
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