We’ve all been there. It’s that time of the month and the cravings are hitting hard. You walk to the fridge and open it, searching for something. Anything. But you come up empty handed. You try the pantry, hoping against hope that there’s some forgotten half of a candy bar or slightly expired cosmic brownie. Alas, not so much as a chocolate chip granola bar.
But wait. What’s that? Back there underneath the stale marshmallows… semi-sweet chocolate chips! This will have to do. Unless, of course, you have just a couple of other ingredients that usually sit in your pantry for months. Brown sugar? Saltine crackers? Grab some butter from the fridge and you’re good to go!
35 or so saltine crackers (a sleeve-ish) – enough to line your pan
2 cups of packed brown sugar
1 cup of butter – I use salted, because I like the saltier/sweet combo (there’s salt already on the crackers) but if you want it a little less salty, use unsalted butter
2 cups (1 12 oz bag) of semi-sweet (or milk chocolate, if that’s your thing) chocolate chips
1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
2. Line your cookie sheet (which needs to have at least a 1/2 inch lip) with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
3. Lay out your saltines – fit as many as you can on there in one layer! I fit 35 on my 10×15 cookie sheet.
4. In a small saucepan, melt your butter and add the sugar. Once it’s mixed all together, wait for it to boil. Once it starts boiling, stir it every so often and let it continue to boil for about 3 minutes. It should get all bubbly and almost foamy. When the 3 minutes is up, immediately pour it over the saltines, spreading it evenly across them.
5. Stick the cracker/caramel combo in the oven for about 5 minutes. It should be bubbling! That’s a good thing!
6. After 5 minutes, take them out and sprinkle your chocolate chips over the top. You can turn the oven off, but stick the pan back in there to make the chocolate chips melt a little faster. Just a minute or two should do.
7. Take the pan out and use a rubber spatula to smooth/spread the melted chocolate chips evenly across the top. Let it cool completely (I stuck mine in the freezer to speed up the process because I’m impatient), then cut or break them into squares! Voila – the easiest, most addictive dessert you’ll ever taste! My nephew enjoyed it almost as much as I did. 😉
If you’re feeling crazy, you can add some nuts to the top while the chocolate is still all melty! Or add whatever you want, I’m not your mom. But I do hope you enjoy. 🙂
P.S. Here’s the link to my apron!