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!
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]