Well, this beautiful box of Almond Buttercrunch is all packed and ready to go out to Gayla's friend! I'm so, so happy that y'all thought the whole thing was a good idea, and I hope the recipient enjoys the gift and the warm thoughts it conveys.
Thanks again to all of you who shouted out someone who might need a little pick-me-up.
As promised, you can make your own Almond Buttercrunch for yourself or for someone else - it might just be one of the easiest recipes you've ever seen.
1. First, grease and flour a 9x9x2 baking pan. You could also use a 8x8x2. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Sift together 3/4 plus 2 T. flour, 1/4 t. baking soda, 1/8t. salt, and 1/4 t. freshly grated nutmeg
*** All photos here show me making a double recipe - that's why it looks like a little more ingredients than what is called for in the recipe.
3. Next, melt 1 stick unsalted butter (or, if you just have salted butter, you might want to eliminate a tiny bit of the salt).
Remember, I'm doubling here...
4. Whisk together the melted butter, 3/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar, and 1/4 c. granulated sugar.
5. Add 1 large egg, 1 t. vanilla, and 1/2 t. almond extract.
*I don't always do all my food prep so close to the edge of the counter, nor do I typically stir with my left hand - I was trying to get as close to the windows as possible for the light - it was a dreary day...
6. Stir in the sifted mixture. Use a spoon. Do not be me and try to use your whisk - the batter is thick.
7. Now the good stuff. Add 4 oz. of Heath Milk Chocolate English Toffee Bits, 3/4 c. chopped, toasted almonds, and 3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips (or I just chopped up some baking chocolate squares).
Do you like my big, dark bowl as much as I do?
8. Now, spread the batter in the prepared pan and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Just until the whole top is nice and light brown. Don't overcook. We want gooey lusciousness.
9. It won't be easy, and I've never succeeded, but wait until they are completely cool before cutting into small bars.
OK maybe 2. Or 3 tops.
Now say it. You were right, Lu. That was easy.
Over and out.