I might mention it on here once in awhile, but I don’t think I talk enough about the importance of family. I grew up with my parents and a younger brother, but for one reason or another, didn’t see my extended family very often.
Though we alway kept busy on birthdays and holidays, a part of me has always wished that I had multiple aunts, uncles and cousins who were a larger part of my life.
Now that I’m in my twenties, though I have no immediate plans to marry and have my own children, it’s fun to imagine how my family tree will grow.
As we get older, some of my cousins and I have become closer friends than we were as children and my brother is finally realizing that I’m not a Really Lame Sister (actually I think he realized that when I was 21 and could buy beer).
With a larger family comes more special occasions. More birthdays to remember, more cards to send on holidays. More names that you can’t consider for your own children, more gossip and more graduations.
Also more weddings.
In October, my oldest cousin Jordan is getting married and as part of the deal, she’s acquiring Allison, a sister-in-law who absolutely rocks.
Because she isn’t great enough, she gave me a recipe that if you make it, will make you wish you were marrying into her family too.
Reminiscent of toffee candy, this recipe uses the most basic of crackers with ingredients that many people already have in the pantry. It takes about 10 minutes to make and will probably take about that long for your family or friends to devour it.
There is very little I can say to justify this recipe, nutritionally, except that you should exercise portion control when eating it. That may include: taping your mouth shut, sitting on your hands, throwing it in the garbage to stop eating it.
- 40 saltine crackers (about 1½ sleeves)
- ¾ cup butter (1½ sticks)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1½ - 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped almonds (peanuts, cashews or pistachios would all be great with this too
- Line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil and grease or spay with PAM. Lay saltine crackers in a single layer in the pan.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, stirring constantly. Add brown sugar and stir until combined. Bring to a rolling boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour butter/sugar mixture over saltines.
- Bake at 400F for 5 minutes or until bubbly.
- Remove from oven and before crackers cool, sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Allow it to set for 5 minutes or until the chocolate chips are melted and spread across the crackers with a knife or large spatula. Sprinkle chopped nuts across the top, if desired.
- Let tray cool in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours, or until candy is chilled. Break into pieces and store in a tin for up to 3 days.