These chocolate saltine toffees, more affectionately known as Christmas Crack, are super easy to make. How can you go wrong with a flavor combination like milk chocolate and toffee?
Happy New Year! I can’t believe we’re already a week into 2017. Is it just me, or does it feel like time is flying faster than ever lately? I recently got back from a week-long staycation (and posting hiatus) and I have to say, this was my laziest staycation yet. It was glorious.
Right around the end of the week, I decided to whip up these chocolate saltine toffees since I remembered that we had a box of unopened saltine crackers in the kitchen. Some background: about a month ago, Frank came down with a reaaaaally bad stomachache. We’re not 100% sure if it was food poisoning or not, but it was bad. He had a hard time keeping food down, so he asked for some soup and saltine crackers. Well here we are a month later, and the box of saltine crackers remains unopened. Until now!
This is a really easy treat to make. All you need is some saltine crackers (obviously), butter, light brown sugar, and chocolate chips of your choice. I decided to go with milk chocolate chips since I adore milk chocolate, but the world is your oyster! As for decorating the toffee, feel free to go crazy here. I topped these with M&Ms, fancy sprinkles that I got for Christmas (thanks Grey!), and sea salt. I’m a sucker for the sweet/salty combination.
Before I wrap up here, I wanted to take a moment to say that I’m really excited for what’s to come in 2017 with Bake du Jour. Before I started this blog in November, I had never used my camera’s manual settings and I never thought that I would be able to take pictures that were good enough to go on sites like Foodgawker or Tastespotting. Since then, I have come a long way. I’m still not a professional by any means, but I am taking it step-by-step.
Next month, I’ll be attending a food photography workshop thanks to Frank — that was his Christmas gift to me. I’ve got big plans for Bake du Jour, and I’m excited to take you along for the ride! Thanks for your support, everyone. 🙂
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Super Simple Chocolate Saltine Toffee
The rich flavors of milk chocolate and toffee come together in this simple recipe. Perfect for when you've got some saltine crackers laying around!
- 30-40 saltine crackers
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter cut into cubes
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9x13 baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray - DO NOT FORGO THIS STEP!
Arrange the saltines in a single layer in the pan and break the saltines in half as needed to cover the entire pan.
Place the butter in a saucepan and melt over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the light brown sugar and stir constantly until it has completely dissolved. This should take just a few minutes.
Evenly pour the mixture over the saltines. Use an offset spatula to spread the mixture over the saltines as needed.
Bake the saltine/toffee mixture for 7-8 minutes, or until the toffee is bubbling.
Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top immediately. Give the chocolate chips around 5 minutes to soften and spread it over the mixture with an offset spatula.
Sprinkle with the desired topping(s) -- sprinkles, sea salt, chopped nuts, nonpareils, etc. Have fun here!
Leave the pan on the cooling rack for about 30 minutes, then move it to the refrigerator and allow it to cool for about an hour so that the chocolate sets.