Friday, April 24, 2009

Cracker Candy

I had such a sweet tooth tonight but didn't feel like getting out all the ingredients to make a batch of cookies. I thought about baking a cake but that would take too long for my immediate hunger pang. I looked in the pantry and saw the answer starring me in the face...a box of saltine crackers. Now you may be asking yourself, "how can saltine crackers curb a sweet tooth?" that's very easy when the saltines are turned into candy.

This is a super fast & easy recipe that my hubby just loves. He says they remind him of the Heath toffee bar candy. Won't you join me as I get cooking.
Cracker Candy

1 sleeve saltine crackers
1 c. salted sweet cream butter
1 c. brown sugar; firmly packed
1 Tblsp. vanilla extract
1 (8-oz) bag mini Hershey baking pieces

Preheat oven to 400*.

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Or use one of my favorite kitchen tools..the silpat sheet to line your baking sheet. In a single layer, place crackers salted side up.

Combine butter and brown sugar in a saucepan. Over med-high heat melt butter and allow mixture to come to a full rolling boil. Make sure you stir continuously through out this process. Allow mixture to boil for at least 3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla.

Carefully pour mixture over the crackers. Using a spatula, smooth mixture even over crackers.

Place crackers in preheated oven and allow to bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately distribute chocolate pieces over crackers. Quickly smooth chocolate over the crackers as it melts. The heat from the butter mixture will melt the chocolate.

Allow crackers to cool slightly, then break into pieces. Layer crackers onto a platter in a single file and place in refrigerator to cool completely before eating.

These were a big hit tonight, as the photo clearly shows.

Click HERE for printable recipe

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