Butter Toffee Nuts with Sea Salt

December 18, 2011

I branched out from my go-to nut recipes this Christmas and made these Butter Toffee Nuts with Sea Salt that I saw in O Magazine. Crunchy, sweet, and salty with a touch of nutmeg.  Great for giving as gifts or for serving to guests, but make some extras for nibbling!

Recipe notes

  • I used pecans, walnuts, and cashews.
  • I didn’t sprinkle with additional salt.
  • It takes a while for the sugar to caramelize, but keep stirring and it will happen. As the recipe explains, the mixture will become dry and powdery and then will melt and become glossy. It goes quickly at the end, so take care not to burn it.
  • The recipe provides amounts for a standard batch and a large batch. The large batch is really large: 6 cups of sugar and 15 cups of nuts. You would need a really large pan to make the large batch!


  1. Wow-these look SO good!

  2. Your butter toffee nuts look terrific. You’re right — these would make an amazing gift. (If I could keep my family out of them!)

  3. I so love the sweet and salty combo! Sadly, I am not a fan of nuts, but maybe I’ll try these for my holiday baskets 🙂

  4. Yummo!!! I so want these. Anything with the words butter and toffee in its name must be good.

  5. Wow, that IS a huge recipe! I wonder how they do expect anyone to do that–maybe in batches? Yum though!

  6. I wouldn’t mind a chirstmas gift like that!

  7. What a yummy holiday treat! I love candied nuts, but for some reason never make them (oh, maybe because I would eat them all). The large batch is enormous!

  8. Hope you had a terrific Christmas Jill!

  9. The nuts sound delicious, especially with the sea salt and nutmeg. Yum!

  10. yet another reason why I miss celebrating the holidays with you. 🙂

  11. This looks like a yummy treat. I bought pecans for pecan rolls that I didn’t make. This looks like a percect recipe for my pecans. Thanks.

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