Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Crack!

Sorry for the lack of posts.  I'm an all or nothing kind of person, and having "one more thing" to do really stresses me out! I had to take blogging out of the equation for awhile.  I'm really busy making Christmas gifts, enjoying my kiddos and getting ready for the holidays.

Toffee.  I'm not a candy person, but I have loved toffee ever since I was a little girl.  I remember one of my dad's employees always gave him a big "brick" of toffee [from Sees, I think], it came with a little hammer to whack it into pieces.  Mmm.

I don't usually eat things like this [watching that figure!], but Christmas is the perfect time. This recipe is amazing.  It's SO easy.  SO fast.  Cheap.  All signs point to awesomeness.

I didn't create this recipe, in fact, you may have seen it before, but it's too good not to share.  Don't be alarmed of the ghettoness of it, it all tastes and looks fabulous in the end.

Christmas Crack [aka: toffee]
  • 1 sleeve Saltine crackers [I needed 1 sleeve plus a few more crackers]
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 c. butter [real butter]
  • 1 pkg. chocolate chips [or more, depending how thick you like your chocolate "crust"]
  • 3/4 c. chopped nuts [pecans, walnuts, etc.] -- optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a 10x15" cookie sheet [the kind with raised edges] with foil [covering over the edges], and spray with cooking spray.  Cover the sheet with a single layer of saltines.
  3. In a saucepan, over medium-hi heat, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil.  Boil for 3 minutes, stirring with a whisk.  Pour over saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven carefully, as the liquid will be bubbly and very hot [duh]. 
  6. Allow to cool for about 3 minutes, or until you can see the crackers distinctly.  If your crackers have shifted during baking, move back into place using a fork.  [I didn't need to do this.]
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top and let sit for about 5 minutes to melt.  When all of the chocolate chips are shiney and melted, spread chocolate evenly. [Like you are frosting a cake.]
  8. If desired sprinkle the top with nuts and slightly press into chocolate. 
  9. Let cool a bit and then transfer to fridge to harden.
  10. Once hard, break candy into pieces and store in containers. 
This takes about 10 minutes to make, but tastes like it took a lot longer!! Enjoy!

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