My favourite recipes involve minimal ingredients. This one is no exception.
I’m not sure why but we usually just make these around Christmas time.
As much as I love baking, (and I have quite a list of baked goods I want to make for the holidays), I find that it can be a challenge in December to do this, with so many other things going on.
So, I try to do things in bulk sittings. I might bake two different kinds of cookies and then make Rice Krispie Squares. Or bake a cheesecake while I’m mixing ingredients for something else. If I leave the kitchen without making at least two or three different things, I’ve wasted some pretty valuable time.
My logic is this: I’m already making a mess in the kitchen. I already have all the stuff out, and everything is at my fingertips (no, really, it is, because my kitchen is a micro-kitchen!)
However, I have had no complaints from my family (of course, men never complain about fresh baked goods, right?).
When I first ate one of these, I was drooling. When I found out what was IN them, I was shocked.
It’s literally crackers, butter, sugar, and chocolate.
It’s such a simple thing to make, but I have a confession. I once screwed them up. I left them in the oven too long and it was a royal mess after that. Plus I skimped on the butter mixture and it didn’t set right.
I know that a cup of butter sounds like a LOT, and it is. But you can’t skimp. Don’t do it. Not with the sugar either. The measurements are what they are for a good reason.
You may have seen something similar online, known as “Christmas Crack”. While it can be addictive, for sure, even my sweet tooth can only handle a couple of small pieces at a time, usually with a cup of tea to wash it down.
At any rate, these are delish and a must-have for the holiday season:
Line a large baking dish (I used something a little larger than a 9×13) with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Do not miss this step, or you’ll never get these out of the pan.
Crush your crackers (or leave them whole if you wish) and spread evenly along the bottom of the pan.
Next, make the caramel by melting the butter and adding the sugar:
You will need to bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. The sugar will not completely dissolve but should be somewhat smooth:
Pour the mixture evenly over the crackers. You may have to manually spread it because you definitely don’t want any dry areas.
Pop back into the oven for a few minutes. You want that caramel to be bubbly. This helps the crackers soak up the caramel as well.
Next, top with chocolate chips:
Pop back into the oven for about five minutes. The chocolate chips will appear shiny and perfect for spreading!
Let cool for a little while before putting the pan in the refrigerator. Let cool completely before breaking into “bars”. I use that term loosely because they never split into actual squares, but that’s okay!
And there you have it! These buttery, chocolate-caramel chunks are so delicious, you will find they are addictive! They are perfect for a holiday gathering or a snack to enjoy while trimming the tree!
What is your go-to Christmas dessert?