25 Days of Christmas Fun: Saltine Cracker Toffee or “Pine Bark”


We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

 

Photo courtesy of Shelley on AllRecipes.com

Here’s a recipe for a deliciously salty/sweet treat that is sure to please!  Kasey shared this recipe with me year before last  - and last year my father-in-law, who is a Church of God pastor (and therefore eats very well) loved it so much he nearly fought another pastor over the last few pieces :)  It’s called Saltine Toffee or sometimes “Pine Bark”.  It’s not fancy, it’s not pretentious – and the ingredients are cheap – that’s my favorite kind of recipe!

You’ll need:

Saltine Crackers (About 1 sleeve)
2 Cups Semi-Sweet or Milk Chocolate Chips
2 Sticks Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar (Dark brown is best for that toffee flavor)
Optional: Chopped nuts
Tin Foil and a Jellyroll Pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet or jellyroll pan with tin foil and spray with butter-flavored cooking spray.  Lie the sleeve of crackers out side by side in your pan.  In a medium saucepan, heat 2 sticks butter and brown sugar on medium-high until boiling.  Once it beings to bubble in earnest, let it boil for 3 minutes without stirring.  Immediately pour over crackers, spreading it to cover them all.  Stick it in the oven for 5 minutes.  As soon as you pull it out, cover with 2 cups chocolate chips which will get soft and melty very quickly.  (If not, place it back in the oven for about 30 seconds)  Use a spatula to spread it out a bit in a nice smooth coating.

Sprinkle on nuts, toffee bits, Christmas sprinkles or any kind of pretty garnish you like.

Let it set and get hard for a few hours, or place it in the fridge or freezer to speed the hardening process.

Crack it into large pieces and give as gifts in a cookie tin – or set out to be gobbled up!

Here’s Paula Deen’s recipe for a slight twist.

 

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Comments

  1. Jeannie says

    I tried the pine bark…easy and good. But I made a batch with butterscotch morsels and sprinkled a little salt on top!!! Man, was that good.

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