Father's Day Edition: Part Two
Like the Lime Meltaway Cookies, these, too, are lifted from Smitten Kitchen. These are amazingly amazing. I cannot recommend them enough. And they were very easy to make! Unlike other toffee recipes I've tried, these don't require a candy thermometer. This is a huge win in terms of difficulty and time. Even Miss Deen's recipe involves temperatures and precise timing. When you get down to it, I think the big question when it comes to toffee and thermometers is the texture of the final, crystallized product. Is a little crumbly and very crunchy acceptable? Do you prefer a glassy "snap", like in a Skor bar? If the former sounds okay, this is the recipe for you.
I followed the SK recipe pretty closely, so, again, very little creativity here on my part!
- one sleeve Saltine crackers, I used the ones with unsalted tops. Broken matzo is also a good choice.
- 2 sticks (one cup, 8oz) unsalted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups choc chips.. semisweet or bittersweet
- toasted nuts of your choice. I used maybe 1/4 c sliced almonds
Then I melted the butter and sugar in a saucepan.
I got them to a boil, then let it bubble for three minutes. I also added a pinch of salt here.
When the time was up, I added 1tsp of vanilla, stirred, and then poured the caramel over the crackers slowly and gently, smearing around as needed with a spoon.
|spooky cracker graveyard|
|Don't let go, Jack!|
After 14-15 mins, I took them out and admired the toasty sweetness.
and I sprinkled chocolate chips over the top while it was still smoking hot.
Give the chocolate a few minutes, then spread around with a spatula. Offset, if you have one.
Sprinkle with the toasted nuts, then leave it to harden for a while.
|I did half-and-half because variety is my jam|
|Top view, obvs|
|try to forget the watery grave underneath|
Let me tell you: These are super crunchy, super chocolate-y, the nuts are perfect, and honestly, not counting the time required for cooling/hardening, I think this took 30 mins tops. TRY IT. It's a sure crowd pleaser.