Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Reindeer Crunch

Today is December 21st and I have not done a lick of holiday baking.  I have no excuse, except for pure laziness on my part.  So, today the kids and I took the plunge and made some Reindeer Crunch.  It is fabulous and addictive.  We made it with the intention of giving it to friends but I am not sure it will make it that long.  The combination of sweet, salty and chocolate is divine.

Here you go, another no-frills, kindergartner-easy recipe from Molly.  Enjoy!!!

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Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil.  That is especially handy when your cookie sheets are old and gross and you are taking pictures of them to post on the internet.  I know cookie sheets are super cheap, but I just can't bring myself to part with the one I got as a wedding gift over 11 years ago.  Please ignore all pictures of gross cookie sheets.

Once your cookie sheet is lined then spread out some saltine crackers in a single layer.  Break them to make it to the edges as needed.  Don't they look all neat and tidy?

Then cook your sugar and butter on medium-high.  Boil for 2 minutes, constantly stirring.

Pour this bubbly mixture over the saltines spreading as evenly as you can with one hand while taking pictures with the other.

Bake at 350 for 7 minutes and turn your oven off.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and put back in the oven (now turned off) for 10 minutes.

Pull it out of the oven and spread the chocolate chips.  Now let it cool.  If you can put it in your fridge.  Or if it is cold out put it in your garage, or leave it on the counter, just be prepared to chase the local hooligans away as they try to write their names in the chocolate.

When it is cooled, or you remember that you have an unfinished project, break it into chunks.  DO NOT cut it into perfect little squares.  Reindeer do not like perfect little squares, they prefer irregular chunks, bits and pieces.  However, they do love the fact that you will only have to wash one pot and one or four spoons, depending on how many you let the kids lick.

Now - enjoy!!!

Disclaimer - I found this recipe somewhere online last Christmas, I cannot remember where so if it is yours, thank you!!!

Reindeer Crunch
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
Saltine crackers (1 1/2 sleeves)
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cookie sheet with tin foil.  Lay saltines in single layer on cookie sheet, to all edges.
Heat butter and sugar on medium-high heat, stirring constantly.  Boil for 2 minutes.
Pour over saltines and bake for 7 minutes.
Turn off oven.
Spread chocolate chips over saltines and place in oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread chocolate chips.
Allow to cool and break into chunks.


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