easy sweet recipe using saltines
Long, long, ago – when I started my first serious full time job, the woman I worked for brought in a dessert that she had made from saltines crackers. At the time, it seemed very mysterious and unusual. Looking back, it was the first time I really enjoyed the combination of sweet and salty. With salted caramels being so trendy, I was reminded of the old favorite saltine recipe. It is one of the few dessert recipes I have committed to memory, because the measurements are so easy to remember. A nice thing about the recipe is that it only uses four simple ingredients. More recently, I made it for my twenty-something son and he went nuts over it. Makes sense….when I think about it, I was his age when I first went nuts for it. The recipe:
- 2 sleeves of saltine crackers
- 1 stick of butter (I use unsalted)
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with a piece of aluminum foil and give it a light coat of cooking spray.
Arrange crackers in a single layer to cover all the space on the pan…you may need to use a couple broken ones to fill in all the spots. Take 20 of the crackers you have left and seal them in a zip-loc bag. Use a rolling pin to crush them up and set the bag aside.
Put the butter and brown sugar into a medium size saucepan and stir until it is boiling strong enough that it can’t be stirred down. Then, pour it slowly over the crackers, covering them the best you can. I use a dull knife to carefully spread the mixture evenly, trying to cover most of the cracker layer.
Bake in the oven for 5 minutes..the topping will be bubbling. Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for about a minute. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. After a minute or two the chocolate will be soft and you can use a dull knife to spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers. Then, take the bag of crushed cracker crumbs and sprinkle over the top of the hot chocolate.
Let cool slightly, then put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to set. After about 45 minutes or so, remove the cookie sheet and break the crackers into irregular pieces. Store in a plastic airtight container in the refrigerator…enjoy!