Saltine Cracker Toffee

December 17, 2013

While this recipe isn't one of my Nanny's, it comes from my sister circa high school Home Ec. 

It's a good one too. 

Nothing new, nothing fancy; just a yummy Christmas toffee that is insanely easy to make. 

I'm definitely the cook in the family, my mother and grandmother were known for buying me kitchen gadgets for Christmas.

I still have the immersion blender she got me in 5th grade.

Laura on the other hand, she survived her early teen years on Easy Mac.

So when she wanted to make this for Christmas years ago we were interested to see if it would taste like food.

Laura surprised us all with her Saltine Cracker Toffee skills and I promise you these babies are addictive, I never eat just one.

Saltine Cracker Toffee

adapted from Grandma Peterson
serves 40

40 salted saltine crackers or enough to line your pan
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips(optional) 
3/4 cup chopped pecans

*You can either use salted butter or salted saltines but not both. I used salted crackers and unsalted butter in this one.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Line saltine crackers in a single layer on the cookie sheet. In a small pot combine sugar and butter and bring to a boil. Once mixture is at a boil, continue boiling for 3 minutes. Mixture should be a deep caramel color. Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes. It will get all bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and let sit a couple of minutes to melt. Sometimes I melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 1 minute then spread it on. Spread melted chocolate and top with chopped nuts if desired. Cool completely and break into pieces. 

If you're low of time and need something yummy for a cookie swap or Christmas party, make this.

We had a party this weekend out of town and I made this the night before in less than 30 minutes and let it harden over night. Easy!