A quick, delicious, and simple Christmas gift

[ 6 ] December 21, AD 2011 |

I’m just going to assume that there are still some people wondering what to do for gifts this year.   To alleviate a bit of stress, I decided early on that I was going to give out pretty packages filled with delicious goodies as presents to most people, instead of stressing over the materialism that this season can inspire.  I’d like to share with you all the recipe that will be featured prominently in my little goodie bags, in the hope that it may be of some help to any of you!

Photo Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

 

Ryan and I were first introduced to this recipe this past Passover, and have been addicted ever since.  It’s so good that I have to limit it only to holidays, so as not to overindulge.   You can find the recipe all over the internet.  For pictures, I recommend The Girl Who Ate Everything.

It goes by many names.  Some simply call it Saltine Cookies.  Our Jewish friends call it Matzoh Bark.  Ryan and I call it Crack.    So here it is:

1 box of Saltine Crackers or Matzoh.

1 cup butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

2 cups  chocolate (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet, it’s up to you)

*If you use salted butter, use unsalted Saltines.  If you use unsalted butter, use salted Saltines.  You want some salt, but not too much.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degree F

Layer some tin foil over a cookie sheet, then layer the crackers over that.

In a small pot, bring the sugar and butter to a boil. Continue to boil for three minutes, then immediately pour over crackers.  Spread to cover.   Bake for 4 to 5 minutes.  After pulling out of the oven, sprinkle chocolate over the crackers to melt.  After it’s melted a bit, spread it out but don’t worry about being perfect.  Cool completely and then break into pieces.  I like to cool mine in the fridge and then store them for the few hours they last around here in an airtight container, also in the fridge.  Go crazy with additional toppings if you want to, like crushed peppermint, candied ginger or lavender, crushed chocolate covered coffee beans, etc.  Whatever you want.  This recipe is versatile, easy, and can be as cheap as you need it to be.  Just be prepared to make twice as much as you think you need, because you just might eat the whole pan before gifting it away!

Wrap each portion up in a pretty cellophane bag, and voila! A pretty, simple and delicious Christmas gift that everyone is sure to love.

 

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.ignitumtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Kayla-Peterson.png[/author_image] [author_info]Kayla Peterson is a Catholic, a wife, and a secretary.  On June 25, 2011 she married the love of her life.  Together, they are working on building their marriage for the Lord.  Though she is Catholic and her husband is not, they enjoy worshiping Christ together, finding common ground, and trying not to shout about their differences.  Their hope is that their children will know, love, and honor God with all their hearts, minds, and souls.  Kayla blogs about interfaith marriage and other topics that strike her fancy at The Alluring World.[/author_info] [/author]

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Kayla Peterson is a Catholic, a wife, and a book addict. On June 25, 2011 she married the love of her life. Together, they are working on building their marriage for the Lord. Though she is Catholic and her husband is not, they enjoy worshiping Christ together, finding common ground, and trying not to shout about their differences. Their hope is that their children will know, love, and honor God with all their hearts, minds, and souls. Kayla blogs about interfaith marriage and other topics that strike her fancy at The Alluring World.
  • http://www.elizabethhillgrove.com Elizabeth Hillgrove

    These are soooooooooooooooooooo delicious! Good idea!

  • Kayla Peterson

    Thank you!

  • Bonnie

    Layer the crackers? How many layers? Shouldn’t they be in just one layer?

    Sprinkle the chocolate? So we are supposed to grate it first? So it is 2 cups of grated chocolate?

    The finished product sounds yummy but the directions are confusing.

  • http://thealluringworld.blogspot.com Kayla Peterson

    1 layer of crackers per pan.

    I make it with chocolate chips, so I assumed each person would do the same (I’ve never worked with any other form), so two cups of grated chocolate or chocolate chips/chunks/pieces.

    Sorry about the confusion, thanks for bringing my attention to it so I could clear it up!

  • http://www.thecatholiccouponer.com Beth Anne @ The Catholic Couponer Blog

    yummy I have soo many recipes I need to try on pinterest. I also have several “homemade gifts” on pinterest I want to one day try.

  • http://thealluringworld.blogspot.com Kayla Peterson

    @Bonnie – you could also use melted chocolate and ignore the “sprinkle” direction – just spread and cool until it hardens.