recipe from grinandbakeit.com
I am admitting that I while I have always baked for Christmas, I don't have any recipes that I make yearly. No tried and true favorites or family traditions. Until now. This Christmas Bark changed all that in one little bite. They are absolutely heavenly and are sure to be a hit with most everyone.
I have had homemade toffee bark before and thought it was delicious. This recipe has saltine crackers as the middle layer and makes the traditional bark a thing of the past, at least for me. You can't tell they are crackers, all you know is that the texture is somewhat softer, a little more chewy and absolutely divine! I will be making this every Christmas from now on.
Also, after I started to making this, it was so easy and quick. I have no idea why I hadn't tried making it myself before! The hardest part of this recipe for me was crushing the M&Ms. Seriously...
In the blogging/foodie world, this is sometimes called Christmas Crack. I don't use cliches like that but I totally understand where it comes from now. It is also called Holiday Bark, but in my house we proudly use the word Christmas.
1/4 lb. (1 sleeve) saltines (the salted ones)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Place saltines in pan, salted side up. Leave just a little bit of space between crackers so the toffee can encase the entire cracker when done.
Bring sugar and butter to a boil in a sauce pan. Boil for 3 minutes (time boiling after the whole thing starts boiling, not just the edges). And, resist the urge to stir, no stirring!
Pour boiling mixture over crackers. Place in oven for 5 minutes.
Put dollops of peanut butter on top and return to oven for 1 minute.
Spread melted peanut butter over the mixture with a spatula and top with chocolate chips. Then put back into the oven for 1 minute.
Use a spatula to spread the chocolate chips (which have melted). Top with M&M pieces. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
Once set, crack into individual pieces. Then try not to eat the whole pan...