It’s so close to Christmas and you’ve said you’ll bring dessert! But what are you supposed to make from scratch that everyone will enjoy?
Have no fear – I have the perfect recipe for you.
It might be surprising how much I enjoy baking holiday treats. Or actually? Not baking them.
It’s no surprise I love eating them. They’re so good.
So I’m sharing a favorite recipe with you today.
It’s saltine toffee.
Have you not heard of this?
Have you not tried it?
It’s so goooooood.
And easy. I’m no master chef or baker, but I can do this and make loads of them. And it doesn’t have to be perfect, so it’s even better because of that.
Holiday Saltine Toffee Treats
package of saltine crackers (name brand NOT required)
stick of butter
1c brown sugar
2c semi-sweet chocolate chips (feel free to be more generous with this ingredient if you so choose)
1c holiday M&Ms (or other candies) – optional, but prettier with a bit of colorful decoration
You’ll need a pot for boiling and a cookie sheet for baking. Preheat oven to 400 degrees for future use.
Layer crackers on cookie sheet.
Combine sugar and butter in pot and bring to a low boil. Boil for 3 minutes. This part is serious. I’ve tried to do some of these boiling timing things and messed them up. 3 minutes is like the magic number or something. Stir and pour quickly over crackers (on cookie sheet, of course!). Spread to cover entire sheet of crackers.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes or so. It’s unfortunately less of a science, but I promise you’ll definitely know when they’re ready. They smell amazing. The sugar and butter combination will be bubbling up a bit.
Pour chocolate chips onto cracker/toffee and let melt.
Use a spatula to gently spread chocolate across entire tray. Cover all spots.
Scatter holiday M&Ms across in random patterns. Or have your kids or grandkids carefully help and make designs. Whatever makes you happiest.
Completely cool in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. You’ll be able to check and see if you need more or less time. Once completely cooled break up into pieces. You can try for perfect squares but you probably won’t make them. And that’s okay. These things are so good, no matter the shape. Enjoy!
Andrea writes regularly at Good Girl Gone Redneck, where she shares stories of parenting, family, relationships, mental health and more. This post was first featured there.