Wednesday, January 4, 2012



If you like Almond Roca candy, you will love this recipe !!

The first time I ate Almond Toffee Grahams was at a cookie exchange about 20+ years ago. With tons of cookies to choose from, I noticed people kept going back to the Almond Toffee Graham plate; one taste and I was "hooked".  When I found out how simple and fast they were to make, I was shocked (they taste complicated). I made them for some friends this Christmas and they were a huge hit !!

What do they taste like? Well, the cooked caramel sauce bakes into the graham crackers and produces a thin layer of candy that tastes like almond roca, then, with the melted chocolate and nuts added, what can I say; they are delicious !!
graham crackers
1 cup unsalted butter (no substitutes)
1 cup brown sugar packed (I like dark, but light is good too)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups sliced almonds (toasted)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Now, a word about the pan:  This recipe uses a jelly roll pan (mine is 10½" x 15½" x 1").  The recipe says to grease the pan, but I don't like to do that (it makes for a greasy bottomed cookie). Instead, I use the new non-stick aluminum foil by Reynolds Wrap and I don't grease it at all (if you haven't tried it yet, it is well worth the price).  If you use regular foil, make sure you grease it.

Arrange graham crackers in a single layer on the jelly roll pan (should take about 15 graham crackers?). Try to leave as little space between the crackers as possible, but don't overlap them, you may have to break some of the crackers to make it all fit.

In a small saucepan, mix the butter and brown sugar. Bring to a gentle boil, and then set your timer for three minutes (stir constantly).

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.  Pour the caramel evenly over the graham crackers and bake in preheated 350 oven for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips.  Wait a few minutes for the heat of the candied crackers to melt the chocolate chips, then spread the chocolate with a knife.
Sprinkle the toasted sliced almonds over the melted chocolate.

Let the whole pan cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes (to set the chocolate).  When the grahams are completely cool, and the chocolate is set, lift out of the pan and peel off the non-stick aluminum foil. Break into pieces and enjoy.

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