Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best for the holiday season from my kitchen! I made my annual batch of these absolutely addictive treats the other evening to share with others…and to nibble on for myself. As many of you know, I am not exactly God’s gift to bakers as evident by the lack of dessert recipes on my blog. But this, I can make. Heck, I can even make a trip to the corner convenience store and get the ingredients, in a pinch!
Some added fun: see if people guess the ingredients. Then see the look of surprise on their faces when you tell them that the base ingredient are saltine crackers. And you better have an extra copy of the recipe on hand because trust me, they will ask for it!
My kitchen will be kicking into full gear this afternoon, with preparations for Christmas Eve dinner and then Christmas Day festivities. May your holidays be filled with good food, family and friends.
Heavenly Toffee Chocolate Bars
Saltine crackers (about two sleeves)
2 cups light brown sugar
2 cups butter
24 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or other best-quality chocolate, chopped
1 cup chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts (optional)
Additional butter for greasing pans
Preheat oven to 350°
Line two jelly roll pans (each about 10″x15″) with foil and liberally spread with butter (or alternatively line with non-stick foil)
Place crackers in a single layer, side by side until full. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat in a large, heavy saucepan. Boil for three minutes, stirring constantly. Carefully pour butter/sugar mixture over saltines, covering them as evenly as possible.
Bake in the oven for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and top with chocolate. Let stand for a minute or two then carefully spread the melting chocolate over the toffee layer. Top with chopped nuts.
Refrigerate until solid (a few hours). Then break or cut into squares.
Yields: a lot
Tip: These bars will keep for weeks in the fridge. Just cover or store in a Tupperware container.