Almond roca, which is a buttery toffee candy coated in chocolate and ground almonds, seems to be sold everywhere this time of year. The crunchy candy is absolutely delicious and makes a wonderful Christmas gift, thus the widespread availability.
Here is a recipe for you to make the candy at home. The benefits? Homemade is almost always better, no ingredients that aren't actually food, and in this case, the pieces come out much bigger. Oh yeah.
- 1 C butter, softened
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 C flour
- 8 chocolate bars (such as Hershey's), broken up
- 1/3 C almonds, ground or crushed
- 1 bag of toffee bits (found on baking aisle)
How to Make Homemade Almond Roca Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Mix again until blended together.
- Pour in half of the flour and mix well. Pour in the other half and mix until blended. The mix will get very stiff at this point.
- Roll into a 1/4" thick rectangle on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges brown. The center will not be completely done yet. That's okay!
- Remove from oven and sprinkle the chocolate pieces all over the cookie. Spread it around as it melts, to coat the cookie evenly.
- Sprinkle the ground almonds and toffee bits on top.
- Cool and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups.
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