No, I am not talking about illegal substances on this blog! I know this is called Diaperville, but for those that know me in real life, you know I love to cook, so I thought I would try and throw in a recipe once a week - hence the Tasty Tuesday. I will definitely try and do a variety of recipes and mostly healthy, but since we are in the midst of moving and I am not cooking dinners, I thought I would share the dessert I am trying out for my LifeGroup Christmas party tonight. Since most of my baking dishes are already packed up and I am not wanting to buy a lot of new ingredients that I will have to pack in a day or two, I thought I would try something simple. I have heard about Christmas Crack on a couple of blogs, and I had almost all of the ingredients on hand - and more importantly, I could use dishes that I hadn't packed!
This recipe was super simple - only 5 ingredients - and minimal cooking. And, I have to say, this stuff is good. It could be considered addictive ;-). So, if you are heading to a party and need a quick dessert, I can recommend this! I do plan on taking step by step pictures in the future, but I was running late with packing, so I just got a few near the end.
adapted from allrecipes.com
* 1 sleeve saltine crackers
* 1 cup butter
* 1 cup dark or light brown sugar
* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
* 3/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease it with butter or non-stick spray. Line cookie sheet with saltine crackers in single layer. In a saucepan combine the sugar and the butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Spread melted chocolate and top with chopped nuts.
Cool completely and break into pieces.
The only thing I would do differently next time would be to use my Silpat on a jellyroll pan. The only reason I didn't this time is they were packed away! This would make a thinner batch. The candy was thicker than I would have liked when I used a 9x13 pan.
Also, since I started later than I had planned on making the dessert, I put the candy in the freezer to speed up the setting.
Overall, this is definitely a decadent treat. Very easy and I think it would be a fun one to get kids involved with. Sprinkling chocolate chips and nuts is a fun activity for kids of all ages!