Ok, no, my scrap room is not finished yet... but it's coming along! The hardest part is cleaning out the things I really don't need... to make room for KISS (Keepin' It Super Simple) with everything at my fingertips.
What I AM going to share with you (Thank you to my scrappin' friend, Rena for her reminder) is my secret weapon for making friends during the holidays! Bwah ha haa haaaa! Let's see if it helps my husband get a promotion with this first batch he's putting on his desk to lure everyone to him. If it works, we'll start calling it Promotion Candy. :)
Shhhh - only you guys know about it now so feel free to make it your secret weapon, too.
Saltine Cracker Candy
1 cup of REAL butter (none of this fake margarine, low fat stuff - lol)
1 cup of brown sugar
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
chopped walnuts or crushed peppermint candy (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to a toasty 350 degrees!
2. Line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place a layer of saltine crackers on the bottom. If you have a Pampered Chef large stoneware baking bar pan like me, your crackers will line up perfectly! (If you need one of these awesome pans and don't have a consultant, let me know, I'd be happy to share mine with you!)
3. Have your kitchen timer ready. In a saucepan, melt all the buttah and add brown sugar. Let it hard boil for 2 minutes. You can test when it's ready by spooning a small amount in cold water. If it quickly hardens like candy, it's ready! I've burned it before, so the timing is essential :)
|It almost looks 'fluffy' in a hard boil.|
5. Bake in your oven for 5 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and immediately pour bag of chocolate chips over the crackers. Once melted, spread melted chocolate evenly over the crackers. Optional: sprinkle chopped nuts or peppermints over the top of the chocolate.
|YES, the ENTIRE bag!|
|Nice and mmmm mmmm melty good!|
7. Place pan in the refrigerator (or outside) until cool. When cool, cut into squares and enjoy thoroughly!!! Tip: Once cool, it helps to let the candy sit out at room temp before you cut or you'll get a million pieces.
8. Share if you can manage to pry yourself away from the batch! LOL! Our family loves this treat so much that we've learned to even save all the little crumbs and pieces that fall off in the cutting process. Just put them into a small freezer bag, toss them into your freezer until the summer when you need the most fabulous topping for your icecream :)
I like to pick up the dollar-store Christmas tins, line them and layer in between wax paper to fill them up to hand out to neighbors, teachers and friends.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think or if you have any fun variations you'd like to share!! I won't bother to wait to hear what your family or friends think cause I think it'll take a while before you let them have any! Hee hee.
P.S. Another cheescake episode is coming your way in the next few weeks... stay tuned to see what flavor I decide to bake this year!