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Julie's Microwave Toffee

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Ingredients

1 cup chopped pecans
1 stick butter (no substitutes)
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 package (6-8 ounces) milk chocolate chips

Instructions

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spread nuts evenly on foil. Cut up a stick of butter into the bottom of a large 2-quart glass measuring cup. In layers, add sugar, salt and water. Do not stir any layers. Microwave this layered mixture on high for 7 minutes. Then microwave every 30 seconds until the mixture is caramel in color. Pour the mixture at once over the nuts. Let cool in refrigerator. Microwave chocolate chips in a glass pie pan for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth and pour over the cooled toffee. Cool in refrigerator. Break into pieces. NOTE: You may use any type of nuts; walnuts, almonds. You also may use semi-sweet or dark chocolate.

Amy Osborne-Schebler
Davenport



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