Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Crack

Here is the one recipe that I get requests for year round, from strangers and friends.  Whenever I have a get together, at least one person always asks "will you make your Christmas crack?".  It is a holiday favorite, but yes, can be changed up for a year round treat.  I learned the recipe a few years back and have been making it ever since.  I arrange my kitchen to be a Christmas crack assembly line and have been known to make 25-30 batches a season for my friends and family.  Sweet, salty, crispy, and melty.  So much deliciousness in one bite. 

1 stick of butter.  I use unsalted, but salted is fine, too. 
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1 sleeve (or more, depending on the size of your baking sheet) of saltine crackers.  I use the original, they have just the right amount of salt when used along with the unsalted butter.
2 cups of chocolate chips
2-3 crushed candy canes

Line a baking sheet with tin foil.  Now line the saltines, end to end, side to side, on the baking sheet so the whole thing is filled.  You may have to break the crackers in half to fill in the small areas on the edges.  Pre-heat the oven to 350*.

On a low heat, melt the butter and the brown sugar together, stirring constantly.  Let them melt together until smooth.  When it starts bubbling up, take it off the heat immediately. 

Pour over the crackers, trying to make sure most of the crackers are covered.  You can use a spatula to spread it a little more evenly. 

Put the pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes tops until the sugar/butter mixture is bubbling.  Now spread it a little more with the spatula, making sure it is covering all the crackers.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the crackers and put the tray back in the oven for another 2-3 minutes until the chocolate is extremely glossy and starting to melt. 
Take the pan out of the oven and using a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly over all of the crackers.  When the chocolate is completely covering them all, sprinkle the crushed peppermints over the top.  Now put the whole tray into the fridge for atleast an hour to set. 

I also made a batch of Christmas Crack using white chocolate and candy sprinkles.  You can mix it up using different crackers (try graham crackers for more of a sweet treat, use ritz for a little softer, saltier treat) or different candy toppings.  Crushed peanut butter cups, M&M's, candy sprinkles, colored sugar, melted Werther's caramels are all great toppings. 
Once the crack has been in the fridge for over an hour and the chocolate is set, peel it from the tin foil and "crack" it into pieces.  You will have a sweet and salty toffee/chocolate treat.  Put it in a tupperware type covered container and leave it in the fridge, it will be good for atleast a few days...... if it lasts that long!!! 

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