For the bragging rights of homemade candy without the stress, try this fast, easy and tasty toffee treat. It's a perfect dish for a Christmas dinner with the family, a Valentine's Day dessert or a neighborhood block party. Make enough to go around-it doesn't last long.
Prepare an 8 x 8 inch baking dish by buttering the sides and bottom. Sprinkle the walnuts on the bottom of the dish.
Combine brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat.
Stir the brown sugar and butter often until it reaches a "soft-crack stage." This means that a bit of the sugar mixture, dropped into cold water, will form firm strings. When removed from the water, they will bend before breaking.
Remove the sugar mixture from the heat and pour over the nut layer. If necessary, use a non-stick rubber spatula to spread the mixture.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the sugar mixture. Allow the dish to stand for 2 minutes, or until the chocolate chips have begun to melt slightly.
Spread the softened chocolate chips with a rubber spatula so the entire top layer is covered in smooth chocolate.
Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled. Once chilled, break the toffee into pieces and store in an airtight bag or container.
You may substitute peanuts, almonds, cashews or other chopped nuts for the walnuts. Varying the amount of nuts is also an option. Spray the spatula with non-stick cooking spray, so the sugar mixture is less likely to stick to the spatula.