Chocolatey, crunchy, caramelly….okay, caramelly is not a word but I still think it describes these “cookies” perfectly. Another good word: addictive. Very addictive.
There are only 4 ingredients in this easy, homemade treat that are similiar to Twix candy bars. You may even have all the items in your pantry already. If so, go make up a batch…you’ll be happy you did. So happy.
Here you have a first: a recipe on CTV by Trisha Yearwood. Usually, I make something by someone more well-known for their cooking than their singing! I found this recipe for “Sweet and Saltines” on Food Network’s site, from an episode of ”Trisha’s Southern Kitchen“, which admittedly, I haven’t seen before. Not sure if the show is still running or not. There’s a similiar recipe by Paula Deen called “Pine Bark”. I liked this recipe better, though, because it uses chocolate chips instead of chocolate bars.
I only made a couple of changes to Trisha’s recipe. I lowered the oven temperature by 25 degrees and used a different pan. I didn’t have a jelly roll pan, and I couldn’t find the right size cookie sheet, so I improvised with an oven broiler pan. I don’t recommend it, though, due to the fact it’s not completely flat. The crackers need to get an even distribution of caramel mixture and chocolate coating. Use a sheet pan that is flat and big enough for 35-40 crackers.
- 35 to 40 saltine crackers
- 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1⅓ cups)
- non-stick spray
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with non-stick spray. Arrange saltines in a single layer.
- Heat butter and brown sugar over medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and pour evenly over crackers. Bake 4-6 minutes, until brown sugar is bubbly.
- Remove from oven and pour chocolate chips evenly over crackers, while still hot. Spread the chocolate with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon as evenly as possible. Transfer pan to freezer for about 15 minutes. Cut and serve.
This recipe reminded me so much of a friend of mine. I thought of her while I made these. Juanice makes something similiar with graham crackers and nuts (no chocolate). They are always a huge hit at family gatherings. She’s not a famous chef but she is a great southern cook and I will have to share her recipe here on the blog sometime. Isn’t is funny how cooking can take you back to happy times and good friends and family?
I hope you get a chance to make these simple, delicious treats. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think Di
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