Monday, April 14, 2014

A Simple Scrumptious Easter Dessert: Saltine Toffee Bars

Saltine Toffee Bars
The dessert I made is "Saltine Toffee Bars." AKA: "Toffee Crack." Yes, it's referred to as "Toffee Crack" because you can't stop at one piece! It's all over Pinterest and everyone who pins it gets thousands of likes. It was particularly pinned all over Pinterest around Christmas time. It's a dessert I've always wanted to try. In fact it's one of those pins that I have on my Pinterest board that sits there looking pretty but I've never made. Yes, you know what I'm talking about. Crazy pinner who pins and says "oh, that looks super yummy, I have to make it" and then never does. I pinned "cooler corn on the cob" like 3 years ago and thought it was the best idea ever and of course never made it. It's basically putting 50 ears of corn in a cooler, dumping boiling water in it and within 2 hours your corn on the cob is perfectly cooked. Sounds great right? But when the heck would I ever need or want to cook 50 ears of corn at once???? NEVER! Another time I pinned a post on hemming jeans. Again it was a brilliant idea seemed super simple, but when in my life time would I ever hem my own jeans or EVER want to???? Yep I'm going to go to Tony Walker, buy a pair of $200.00 Hudson jeans and then hem them myself, ya right! If I ever attempt to hem my own jeans my friends, slap me! Okay you get my point about pinning but never actually doing anything with it.
Warning: Highly Addictive!
We'll, I am happy and proud to report that I actually made something from one of my pin boards. It's this so called saltine toffee crack. I was a bit skeptical about making this saltine toffee dessert because I was like chocolate over crackers, yum-not. I hesitantly took a bite after we made it and was like, yum-yes!! There is something about the sweetness, butteriness and saltiness that works so well together and made them so delicious! I'm not sure why I never made these before because they are really super simple to make and super scrumptious to eat. I used club crackers rather than saltine to add more of a butter taste. I made these as an Easter treat for the boys so I added Easter colored sprinkles on top to make it look festive. You can add anything to the top like crushed nuts, shaved coconut, or any type of sprinkle.Tyler helped me make it and we had it done within 15 minutes. The longest step was letting it cool in the refrigerator. Yep, the claims on Pinterest were valid, it's crack alright! Warning: This dessert is highly addictive. You will not stop at one piece. I'm craving a piece right now, that's how good it is, seriously! So if you are looking for an easy treat to make for Easter or whenever this is sure to be a hit with the children as well the adults. Salute to Saltine Toffee, AKA toffee crack!
Tyler evenly placing the crackers on the cookie sheet 
Butter and brown sugar melting and turning a caramel color
Pouring the warm toffee on the crackers
Add chocolate chips and spread with a spoon
Adding the final touch, Easter colored sprinkles
The perfect Easter treat
Saltine Toffee (Click to print recipe)

Preperation and cook time: 15 minutes

Serves 10-12

  • 1 box of club crackers or saltine (you'll use about 2 sleeves of crackers)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles or crushed nuts
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and lightly spray with a baking spray. Place the saltines or club crackers in a single layer on the cookie sheet. make sure to cover the hole sheet and place the crackers close together to there are no gaps. In a saucepan melt butter and brown sugar over medium hear and continuously stir until they are blended together and turn into a caramel color, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and then then pour the butter mixture over the top of crackers. Make sure to cover all of the crackers and spread with a spoon to make sure it is evenly coated. Bake in the oven for a few minutes or until you see it lightly bubbling. Take out of oven and evenly sprinkle chocolate chips over top. It will begin to melt. Spread the chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place sprinkles or nuts on top and place in the refrigerator or freezer until completely cooled. About 30 minutes. Remove from pan and break into squares. Store in a container and keep refrigerated. 

Food Impressions:

Nate: "These are so good. It kind tastes like a Butterfinger."

Tyler: "I helped mom make these, aren't they the best?"

Zachary: "Why didn't you ask me to help you make these? Tyler probably got to eat them while he was helping you." "Can I have these in my lunch tomorrow?"

Andrea: Saltine Toffee on crack for sure! The sweet, salty and butteriness make it so addicting. Such a quick easy dessert to make. Great to bring over to someones house. I will experiment and make with other toppings. 

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