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Patriotic Saltine Cracker Toffee

 

Just in time for your July 4th Celebration I'm sharing a festive red white & blue version of my Saltine Cracker Toffee.  Did you know that English toffee is even better when you add a layer of salty crackers!  This quick and easy treat is a family favorite during ALL the holidays.  It is so easy to make and soooooooo delicious that you will want to make it for all of the celebrations and get togethers throughout the year.  I always issue a warning with this stuff - don't sit with a plate of this in front of the TV.  The salty and sweet combination makes it extremely addictive and that plate will be gone before you realize it!  

A couple of tips:
  • Use real butter for this recipe - sometimes it's ok to substitute margarine in recipes, but this is not one of those times- you need real butter to get that delicious toffee perfection.
  • Feel free to switch up the chocolate chips - I have done white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and my favorite, dark chocolate chips - they are all lovely - the white chocolate chips do take longer to melt on the toffee than the other two, so let them sit a couple of minutes longer before spreading.  (Sometimes like today I do half white, half dark!)
  • Make them festive - do chopped nuts, holiday M&M's, (think Easter, July 4th, Halloween or Christmas colors depending on the season), or ANY kind of sprinkles.  With this basic recipe, you can personalize them in any way you like!
Ingredients
  • 40-45 saltine crackers 
  • 1 cup salted butter, (2 sticks) 
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups, (12oz bag), of chocolate chips
  • nuts, sprinkles, or M&M's (optional) 
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray generously with cooking spray.  
  3. Place your saltines on your cookie sheet in a single layer.  (How many saltines you use will depend on the size of your pan. I usually use around 45 - it's OK if there is a little space around the edges, just pull up the foil to the edges of the crackers to help keep that toffee on the top!)  
  4. In a saucepan, bring your butter and brown sugar to a low boil over medium high heat and then stir continuously for 4-5 minutes.  
  5. Remove from heat and immediately stir in your vanilla extract. 
  6. Pour the hot mixture over your crackers, spread evenly and bake for 5 minutes until it's bubbling all over. 
  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle your chocolate chips immediately on top of the crackers, let them sit and soften for a few minutes, then spread chocolate evenly on top of crackers. 
  8. Sprinkle with nuts, sprinkles, M&M's or any other toppings you like.  
  9. Let cool completely, then move to the refrigerator to cool.  After a couple of hours, remove from the foil or parchment paper and break up into bite size pieces. 



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