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Sweet Saltines

Sweet Saltines Recipe

Sometimes a girl wants the best of both worlds – sweet and salty. I stumbled upon this recipe while drooling watching Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show on the Food Network. Though the satisfying combination of sweet and salty was enough to motivate me to make this recipe, it was the easy factor that made this recipe turn from a mere temptation to a reality. The final push came when Trisha shared that her family refers to them as crack since everyone can’t get enough of them. After sampling far too many, I must confess that it’s easy to go a little coo-coo for these crack-ers.

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Ingredients: Cooking spray, 1 sleeve of saltine crackers, 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet or jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil, and then give it a good spray with nonstick spray (I used a baking spray). Arrange the saltines so they’re salt-side down, in a single layer.

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In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together. Boil over medium heat until it turns a caramel color, about five minutes (don’t stir). Remove the caramel from the heat and pour over the crackers. Then stick them in the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly. Keep your eyes on it.

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Remove from the oven and pour the bag of chocolate chips over the crackers. Let the chips sit for about a minute or two.

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Once they start to melt, take an icing spatula or knife and spread the warm chocolate over the crackers. Pop the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 15-30 minutes, until they’re completely cold and form a solid sheet.

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Once you take them out of the freezer, you can either break them into pieces by hand (Trisha’s way) or use a pizza cutter and slice them into perfect pieces (my way). I prefer the clean cut, which keeps them pretty and also ensures that each piece is perfectly layered with all the goodness.

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Now life is all about choices and this treat is no exception. You can eat them cold as a refreshing little treat with a little snap.

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 Or you can let them sit at room temperature so that the caramel gets ooey-gooey, the cracker crumbles, and the warm chocolate melts to the touch of your fingertips (which you can see is starting to happen in this photo) Basically it depends on what you’re in the mood for – neat or messy. I tried both way – no complaints.

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Whichever you prefer, you have to make this recipe because it’s too good and super easy to make. This is the type of snack-dessert that you bring to a party and you have to take a bow because everyone loves it and assumes you spent hours in the kitchen making it. It’s also the perfect treat you can whip up for watching movies on the sofa.

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