Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sweets n' Treats with Les!


Another yummy guest post by Posse member LesMc537! 

Christmas "Crack"

You know the saying “Looks like you’ve got a sweet tooth!”? Well, I figure I’ve got sweet teeth because I like treats, and I love to bake.  The majority of my baking happens this time of year because there’s always a holiday function that calls for a big batch of treats to share.  A new favorite that my friend introduced me to (because that’s what you do when you find something so good you can’t help eating it all yourself—you introduce other people to the recipe so they can make it themselves, forget sharing) is known as Christmas Crack—Christmas, probably because of the time of year we usually make it, and Crack because, well, it’s really addictive and I suppose it could have something to do with how you crack it apart into pieces.  This is a quick and easy candy recipe and makes a great gift or something sweet to bring to a potluck or family gathering.


Ingredients
1 sleeve saltine crackers
1 C brown sugar
1 C butter
1 pkg chocolate chips (or white chips, or butterscotch or peanut butter, or mint. . . or a combination)
3/4 C optional toppings - chopped nuts, or Heath toffee pieces, or dried fruit pieces, or chopped up candy pieces, the options are limitless


~Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
~Line a 10" x 15" cookie sheet with foil (the kind of sheet that has raised edges!) 
~Spray with Pam, or grease VERY lightly with butter. 
~Cover the cookie sheet with a single layer of saltines (a row of 5 x 7 with a small space at the end, fold the edge of the foil up to create a nice edge). 


~Combine and stir butter and brown sugar in a pot over medium heat.
~Bring butter and brown sugar to a full boil (pic #3).  Boil for 3 minutes, stirring with a whisk.


~Pour over the saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible. 



~Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes (first pic is after a few minutes, second is almost done)


~When you remove it, the caramel mixture will be molten and boiling; allow to cool about 2 min, or until you can see the crackers distinctly, which will have shifted while baking.  Push them back into order with a fork or knife. 
~Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee and let sit for a couple minutes to melt (you can put the pan back in the warm oven for a minute or so to help speed the process). 
~Once melted, spread chocolate evenly.


~If desired, sprinkle on nuts of your choice (or any topping your heart desires) and press lightly into the chocolate (this is OPTIONAL and not done here as I’m not a fan of nuts in my treats). 
~Let cool a bit and then transfer to fridge to harden (at least 30 minutes).
~Once hard, break the candy into small pieces and place in airtight containers for up to a week (but they won’t last that long).  

2 comments:

  1. Ohhh i want to make this, this looks soo nice!!

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    1. Just be prepared to eat it all. . . or have somewhere to take it to share if you don't want all the calories ;)

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