August 27, 2009

Saltine Cracker Toffee Bars

As soon as I saw the recipe for these on Dusty's blog yesterday, I took the rest of the day off work so I could rush home and make them knew I would be making them in the near future. And when I say near future, I mean within 8 hours - tops.

Believe it or not, I didn't plan for it. I didn't go to the grocery store to specifically buy the ingredients. No, it just happened. Kinda like when you trip and all the sudden you're like, 'woah - what happened?' And you're all dizzy and discombobulated.

Anyway, we'd just finished dinner and these little bits of (what I knew would be) yummy goodness were still lurking in the back of my head like that high school math teacher watching to make sure you don't cheat. They just don't go away until you finish what you started. So I started thinking, and realized I had all the ingredients in my kitchen already. I know what you're thinking - all the ingredients? Sarah, there are only 4 basic ingredients. Come on. This is true, but anyone who knows me knows my kitchen supplies are pretty barren. I'm not the best at keeping miscellaneous supplies on hand because then I end up making things like this too often. Anyway, I had to improvise a little because we only had wheat crackers and Splenda brown sugar, but wow - I was still very pleased, to say the least.

So now that I've prattled on (how do you guys feel about that word - prattled? It's a little odd, no?) here's the fab and E-A-S-Y recipe. Go to Dusty's blog for step-by-step pictures if you're a visual cooker like myself. And I'd like to curse her for the 5 pounds I gained last night thank her for sharing this recipe!

What You Need

Saltine Crackers

1 c. Butter

1 ½ c. Brown Sugar

Chocolate Chips

1. To start, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Next, grease a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan, and then lay out your saltine crackers in a nice orderly fashion.

3. Next, boil butter and brown sugar in a saucepan for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. I like to melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat until it's all melted and stirred together, and then I crank it up to high heat and boil for 3 minutes.

4. After you've boiled for 3 minutes, pour mixture over your pan of saltine crackers.

5. Spread it around nice and evenly.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 4 minutes.

7. Remove from oven and top with chocolate chips.

8. Spread chocolate chips while still warm. It may not look pretty, but oh my goodness it tastes so good!

9. Let them cool on the counter for a few minutes and then cut them along the lines of the saltine crackers so one bar is the size of one saltine cracker. After they're cut, put them in the fridge to cool completely.

Here's a picture of some I brought to work in a Zip-Lock bag so I can eat them throughout the day share them with others.

Now go make some. Then call me when they're ready and I'll come over to help you eat them.


  1. Thanks for posting this recipe! I'm not real domestic, but lately I've been trying, and this is definitely worth a stab. :-D

  2. Yum-o! And...I just checked and have all of the ingred! I think I 'll try for the kids after school snack! Oh, I love, love little goodies like this! I'll tell you how it goes! Thanks!

  3. Wow! Those seem so easy and delicious!! I must try them soon! I wonder how they'll taste if I substituted the chocolate chips for butterscoth morsels (love those!).

  4. Those sound delicious and so easy. I am not a cook but I think even I could make these. I will try them next time I need to make a dessert for an event.

  5. Yummy yummy yummy! Can't wait to make these

  6. My girlfriend made these once and I begged her for the recipe. She was all, "no, sorry, it's a family secret." Now I get to make them and totally flaunt them! Neener neener!

    ~greedygrace (writing from work and too lazy to log in with my id!)

  7. I love making this little treat. Easy and oh so delicious. The perfect balance of sweet and salty!

  8. That sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it!

  9. Y-U-M! I am so going to try this! Thanks!

  10. Oh goodness....I wasn't sure at first...but they look great! I'm going to have to try them....right after I replenish my saltines. Darn those kids for eating the last sleeve....

  11. sounds DELICIOUS... and what an entertaining post !!!

  12. aren't these SO yummy. i have heard them called "poor man's toffee", "toffee crack" :) and paula dean calls then "pine bark." either way they are SO easy and SO yummy!

    i enjoy your blog! :)

  13. Thanks for the recipe. I also want to make it in the near future.

  14. I didn't read all the post, so maybe someone has said this already, but we have made these using graham crackers, as well. YUMMO!!!!

  15. My family calls this "crack!" Now, I might need to go make some!


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