Thursday, December 13, 2007

Super Easy Holiday Treats

I'm in the midst of baking a package of treats to send to my fun and feisty 93-year-old grandma.

The first is a recipe I got from my friend, Kristen. Kristen has made this for years and whenever she serves it I have a hard time refraining from devouring the whole bowl! I haven't made it for Grandma before, but I thought the flaky texture of the saltines would make it easier for her to eat than regular toffee. I hope it's sturdy enough survive the U.S. Mail service.

Saltine Toffee

Saltine crackers - enough to cover the bottom of a jelly roll pan
1 cup butter
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or a mix of semisweet and milk chocolate)
3/4 cup chopped nuts, optional (I didn't use)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a jelly roll pan, and line pan with saltine crackers in single layer.

In a saucepan combine the sugar and the butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely.

Bake for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate. (If desired, top with chopped nuts.) Cool completely and break into pieces.

I'm also making her favorite holiday treat, which she said she hides from her company. It originally was given to me by a Bunco friend, and the name was "White Trash." I don't love the name, so I drizzle it with red and green to make it "Holiday Trash." This is one of those recipes that I change depending on what cereals and nuts are in the cupboard.

Holiday Trash

2 cups Crispix cereal
2 cups small pretzels
2 cups cocktail peanuts
2 cups M&Ms
White melting wafers -- about 1 1/4 pounds
1 tablespoon shortening
A handful of red & green melting wafers, plus a little shortening for each

Mix together cereal, pretzels, peanuts, and M&Ms. Melt wafers and shortening in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Pour over rest of ingredients and stir. Put on baking sheet and let cool. Break apart. Drizzle with red and green melts individually, cooling between colors.

5 comments:

Emiline said...

I love that Saltine cracker candy! That's like my most requested recipe. Can you believe that?
I've never made "trash" before, but I'm looking forward to it.

Mark by Chocolate said...

Tracy,

If you're wondering about Tiffany's recipe, check out my blog entry

http://lifebychocolates.blogspot.com/2007/12/recipe-holiday-top-chef-tiffanys-salted.html

And yes, you can reheat the caramel sauce though I recommend you make it from scratch each time. I thickened it.

Tracy said...

Emiline, I CAN believe the saltine cracker candy is your most requested recipe because it is deee-lish!

Mark, thanks for posting! I will have to follow your version of the recipe when I test it. (Dear readers, this is in response to a question I posted on the Cooking Light board about a recipe I had seen on the Top Chef holiday special.)

Emiline said...

I was telling my mom that I wanted to make holiday trash candy, and I told her what was in it, and she made a face. I think I told her there was chips in it. I couldn't remember the ingredients.

I think I'll make it anyway. I bet she'll like it. The white chocolate you used-is that like almond bark?

Tracy said...

I use the wafers that I find in the candy making section of the grocery store or craft store. I believe almond bark is pretty much the same stuff, but it's a big block. It would work fine. Just be sure to add a little bit of shortening to make it smooth and thinner when you melt it. I wouldn't use white chips, because those tend to melt in a big blob.

I hope your mom is pleasantly surprised! I took some "trash" to band practice last night and the guys seemed to enjoy it.

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