Holiday Treats

Ever since I got back home to Louisiana for break, I have made about 20 pans of cracker candy. I honestly don't even want to look at the stuff again. Which is why I forgot to take pictures. What is cracker candy, you ask? Um, delicious (when you haven't been handling it for 10+ hours). My mom and I have made it for our family and friends every Christmas since I could use the oven. It's a great gift because a) lots of people haven't had it before b) you can put it in pretty bags with ribbon and c) it's goooooood.

Cracker Candy
1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
1 cup of brown sugar
30 saltines
1 package of chocolate chips (I like the miniature ones because they spread better)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lay crackers out side by side on a foil lined cookie sheet (5 by 6 rows). Heat butter and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Stir OFTEN or it will burn. Heat for about 5 minutes or until bubbly. Like most candy, you want the sugar and butter to be combined and you want it to be pulling away from the sides of pan when you stir it. Pour sugar mixture over crackers and bake for about 6 minutes or until bubbling (again). Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Wait a few minutes, then spread with a spatula until all crackers are coated with layer of chocolate. Freeze cracker candy until hard, then peel away foil and break into pieces. Keep refrigerated.

As for packaging, I like to either put them in cute cellophane bags with sparkly wire or in brown paper bags (put cracker candy in ziplocs first) with holes punched in the top and rafia. I found some cute labels here at one of my favorite craft blogs. The Pretty Procrastination blog has all kinds of great PDF dowloads of cards and labels and other crafty goodness.

Not bad, eh? What are yall baking up this season? I believe I heard Ginger tweeting about some holiday cookies...

p.s. How much fun is it that we're all on twitter now? Readers (if we have any lol), add syokubaitis57, gingergibson, erinparker and krys930 to hear more about our cooking adventures!



Krysten said...

Correct that! Krys930!

Sarah said...

Oops sorrry! I'll edit that :(