Coffee Toffee

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Here’s a recipe for toffee (and coffee) lovers! : Coffee Toffee

Coffee Toffee
I love the old-time candy shops… you know, the ones where you can see them making the candy right in front of you… like taffy, caramel apples, fudge and toffee.  I’d like to own an old-time candy shop one of these days because it might finally, once-and-for-all cure my obsessive addiction with homemade toffee (assuming I’d have a tendency to get sick of the stuff).  Toffee is the best of all worlds for me.  The crispy caramel base holds a thin layer of chocolate, and there is usually a good dose of almonds added in there somewhere too.  This version is Coffee Toffee.  There is a small amount of strong coffee added in there to intensify the flavor.  It’s a recipe from a new cookbook I received the mail recently:  Holiday Cookies: Prize-Winning Family Recipes From the Chicago Tribune.  This is the best sort of cookbook since it’s full of great recipes from uber-talented home cooks.  And of course there are loads of new ideas for cookie recipes to try for your holiday cookie platters (and all year long too!)

Coffee Toffee Prep 1

This recipe begins with your typical toffee recipe.  The butter/sugar mixture is boiled until it reaches the right temperature (yes, you’ll need a candy thermometer), then it’s spread onto a buttered baking sheet.

Coffee Toffee Prep 2

Chocolate chips are sprinkled onto the warm toffee.  They’ll melt quickly, and then you just spread the chocolate over the toffee.

Coffee Toffee Prep 3

Toasted almonds are sprinkled on top.

Coffee Toffee Recipe

Once completely cooled, you just pick up the toffee and begin breaking it into pieces.

Coffee Toffee Recipe -

And then it’s ready for munching!  This toffee is not heavy on the coffee flavor.  I’d say that the coffee just gives it all a flavor punch (chocolate and coffee always go well together, don’t they?)  If you wish for a more intense coffee flavor, my recommendation would be to brew a very strong cup of coffee, or use espresso instead.

Coffee Toffee

If you really would the coffee flavor to shine through, I'd recommend brewing a strong cup of coffee (or use espresso).

Yield: 60 pieces

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 30 min


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup brewed coffee (or espresso)
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups slivered almonds, toasted & roughly chopped (divided)
8 ounces dark chocolate chips


1. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, sugars, coffee, corn syrup and salt. Heat to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Insert a candy thermometer into the syrup; boil- stirring only occasionally- until the mixture turns a caramel color and reached 280 degrees (or almost there!), about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in 3/4 cup almonds. Spread mixture onto a rimmed, buttered baking pan, working quickly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the warm toffee. Cover it with a 2nd inverted baking sheet for a few minutes to keep in the heat. Spread the melted chocolate over the toffee. Sprinkle the remaining almonds on top. Let cool completely.

2. When the toffee is completely cooled, break it into pieces (you can use a knife to help speed up the process). Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


*To toast the nuts, heat a small skillet over medium heat, add the nuts and stir occasionally until lightly browned. Dump the toasted nuts onto a paper towel to cool.

More toffee recipes you might enjoy:
Saltine Cracker Toffee by I Heart Naptime
Macadamia Nut Butter Toffee by RecipeGirl
English Walnut Toffee by The View from Great Island
Cashew Toffee by Pastry Chef Online

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  • Kellie wrote:

    Fantastic recipe! This is the first time I’ve made toffee and it came out absolutely perfect. I will definitely be making this again.

  • CHAR wrote:

    Thank you for posting this recipe!  Have been making this since the Trib originally published it years ago.  I should know it by heart, but I do not. Sadly, I misplaced the original clipping and have been searching for the recipe. Christmas will be merry this year indeed!  
    SO easy to make and so delicious!  It will become a favorite. 

  • glenda wrote:

    why is my coffee toffe sticky and sticking 2gether after i bag it 2 give as a gift

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Has it gotten warm? That’s the only thing I can think of.

  • Cheryl Lange (no relation that I know of!) wrote:

    This recipe sounds fab! I am going to make it as part of my holiday gifts this year to friends and coworkers. I usually make biscotti so this will be a fun change! I spend almost all my spare time in the kitchen baking or cooking and am always trying new things. Thank you for sharing!

  • Amy L wrote:

    This looks so yummy! I pinned it and will definately be making some soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  • Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction wrote:

    I’ve never made toffee but I’m definitely going to try yours. Pinned.

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche wrote:

    I love toffee.. never made a coffee flavoured version before! This is definitely something delicious that I have been missing out on. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • FoodCrafters wrote:

    Delicious! Perfect for a homemade christmas gift!

  • Susan wrote:

    Is there a syrup free way to make this? I keep everything else on hand at home, but I never have corn syrup. I take that back. I did once about 5 years ago. It was pretty gross by the time I had a reason to use it :p

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not sure.

  • sue|theviewfromgreatisland wrote:

    As a coffee lover AND a toffee lover, I have to say this is brilliant — sharing and pinning!

  • Melanie | Melanie Makes wrote:

    My husband is quite the coffee lover and I have no doubt he’d love this toffee – can’t wait to try it, Lori!

  • Amanda wrote:

    Awesome flavor combo!! 🙂

  • JulieD wrote:

    Coffee and toffee? two thumbs up from me!!

  • marcie wrote:

    I love the old time candy shops, too! There’s one in downtown Truckee that I always hit whenever I’m there, and the toffee is always a must. This is the toffee of my dreams — love that coffee flavor in here!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    I adore coffee treats so this sounds amazing! Pinned!

  • Mary@Bake Me A Scone wrote:

    This looks like a true treat. An infusion of coffee flavor makes it even more appealing!

  • Erin | The Law Student’s Wife wrote:

    When we were in Cape Cod, there were so many shops pulling taffy and making fudge, and I couldn’t stop watching! I love homemade toffee, and I bet the coffee kick makes this even more addictive.

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

    I LOVE those old time candy shops too! I don’t know how they don’t stop and taste test their creations every 5 seconds!
    I am loving the coffee in this toffee! I would much rather have a plate of this than a cup of joe in the morning! Pinned!

  • Betsy | wrote:

    Oh my heavens! This looks so good!! I didn’t realize toffee was so easy to make!

  • Jenni wrote:

    Oh, Lori! The coffee addition is genius, seriously! I hope I have everything I need in the house, because I am now experiencing an emergency toffee craving! Thanks also for sharing the cashew toffee. Happy Holidays to you and your family!