By Christie Vanover | Published January 2, 2012 | Last Updated December 28, 2022
Homemade toffee bits are so easy to make, and they taste so much better than the store bought bag ‘o bits. Use them in cookies, in muffins or on ice cream.
Here’s how to make homemade buttery, sugary goodness in less than 15 minutes.
You can break them up into smaller pieces for cookies, or you can break them into larger chunks to eat as a snack. Go ahead and dip them in chocolate. It’ll be our secret.
Start by placing butter, sugar, water and salt in a saucepot, and bring it to a boil.
After it boils for about 8 minutes, it will begin to caramelize. It’ll be tempting by don’t stir it.
If you stir it, the sugars will crystallize and you’ll end up with grainy toffee.
This is an important point of the process.
You want it to brown to a dark golden color for rich homemade toffee bits, but if you cook it too long, it will burn and become bitter.
It’s better to pull it off the heat a little early, just make sure it reaches 300F degrees with a candy thermometer. That will ensure it hardens when cooled.
Pour the mixture onto a Silpat-lined cookie sheet, and allow it to cool until hardened.
It smells so good, it’s going to be really tempting to taste it. Don’t do it! I speak from experience.
This candy is screaming hot, and will burn you. Be patient. It’s almost ready.
Once cooled, break it into bits and enjoy it in cookies, muffins or on ice cream.
You can store it in an air-tight container for a week or so. But they’re so good, it probably won’t last that long.
Recipes Using Homemade Toffee Bits
Homemade Toffee Bits
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoon water
- pinch kosher salt
- Place all ingredients in a saucepot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (about 5 minutes.)
- Continue cooking for about 8 more minutes, until the mixture reaches 300 degrees and begins to turn brown.
- Pour onto a silpat-lined baking sheet and spread thin.
- Allow to cool. Place in a plastic bag and break the bits with a can or measuring cup.
This estimate was created using an online nutrition calculator