Sadly, I believe I ate one of everything at the cookie exchange...
but I wanted to be fair
and give all the cookies a chance;)
The best part of the event though
was that my friend Connie lovingly packed up all
the leftover cookies
and took them to our local homeless and women/children's shelters.
The girls and I brought chocolate crinkles, snickerdoodles, and one of our favorite holiday treats-
Sweet and salty chocolate toffee
I have my friend Jennifer to thank for this yummy Christmas treat:)
It's sooo easy,
but it doesn't last long!
Saltine crackers (30-40)
1 c. sweet cream butter (I use half salted/half unsalted for this recipe)
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
6-12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 c. finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a one inch deep baking sheet with foil, then make sure you spray or butter the foil (otherwise you'll never get this yummy goodness out of the pan;)
Place a single layer of saltines in the bottom of the pan.
Put the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat to medium low and continue stirrring for 3-5 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour over the saltines, making sure to cover each one.
Place in the oven and let bake for 5-7 minutes until the brown sugar mixture is bubbly.
Remove from heat and let stand for a couple of minutes before sprinkling the top of all the crackers with chocolate chips.
Let stand for a couple of minutes before spreading the melted chocolate chips over the top evenly, covering all of the crackers with a thin layer of chocolate (I used about two cups of chocolate chips).
Sprinkle with pecans.
Place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Break into pieces as you remove it from the baking pan and transfer to a serving dish.
Then try not to eat every single one of them...
it's a lesson in self-control;)
You can easily change this recipe up too. My friend uses graham crackers instead of saltines and then sprinkles the top with sea salt instead of nuts. It's amazing!