Salty Caramel Squares or Christmas Crack
There are a couple of food blogs I really like. One of them is is Michelle at Bite. A few days ago she posted a treat she calls Christmas Crack.
I read over the ingredients and was a bit skeptical but since anything I have tried that she really raved about where worth trying. So with this I decided to try since Christmas candy, cookie and cake season is looming around the corner.
Well this stuff gets a GIANT OMG!!!
As with most recipes I change them a bit to suit my family likes. In this one my husband LOVES CARAMEL so had to have more than the recipe called for.
Everyone loves English Toffee (my microwave version is a 5 star must have every year) so adding more chocolate and nuts to the top seemed a good idea. IT WAS!
Here is my version … oh and by the way this takes a pound of butter … DON’T EVEN CONSIDER substitution. 😉
- 2 cup butter
- 2 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 48 saltine crackers
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- Heat oven to 400.
- I line my half sheet size cookie pans with foil … add my parchment then spray well.
- Layer the saltine crackers on top of the parchment. 6 across and 8 down.
- Place butter and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a quick boil, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, for about 3 minutes or until the mixture is thick and sugar is dissolved. Watch it because hot sugar can burn easily. At first it looks like to much butter but as it boils it will mix well with the sugar.
- Pour butter and sugar mixture over crackers and spread evenly. I use a large offset spatula
- Bake 5 minutes in oven.
- Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips evenly over brown sugar mixture.
- Allow chocolate chips to melt (maybe 2 minutes), carefully spread into an even layer over the toffee layer … then sprinkle with chopped nuts. (I like pecans)
- Refrigerate for one hour or leave on a counter for several hours to cool naturally.
- Cut into cracker size squares (my favorite) … or break into bite-sized pieces.
- I hate getting my pans crusted with gooey sugar that is sometimes hard to clean later. Personally the price of a piece of foil is worth it rather than spending time scrubbing a pan.