Last updated September 3, 2018

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.

toffee bits in a white bowl

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.

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Start by placing butter, sugar, water and salt in a saucepot, and bring it to a boil.

butter melting in a pot

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.

butter browning in saucepot

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.

toffee cooling on silpat mat

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.

bowl of homemade toffee bits

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.

broken pieces of homemade toffee bits

Homemade Toffee Bits

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: toffee
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 20 tablespoons
Calories: 60 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

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.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • pinch kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (about 5 minutes.)
  2. Continue cooking for about 8 more minutes, until the mixture reaches 300 degrees and begins to turn brown.
  3. Pour onto a silpat-lined baking sheet and spread thin.
  4. Allow to cool. Place in a plastic bag and break the bits with a can or measuring cup.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Toffee Bits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 40mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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