‘Tis the season for Christmas crack!
…no, not that crack. Although, I’m sure this is just as addicting.
Disclaimer: Not that I’d know because I’ve never actually tried crack.
I found this recipe on Pinterest (of course) a few years ago, and decided it looked easy enough to spontaneously try. Sweet-and-salty is my kryptonite (salted caramel anything is enough to get me to commit murder), so I figured I didn’t have much to lose.
Oh, I was right.
I love being right.
This stuff is absolutely delicious.
- One cup of butter (Two sticks)
- About a sleeve and a half of saltine crackers
- One cup of light brown sugar
- Two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (One bag)
- M&Ms (Preferably the Christmas-colored ones)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line a jelly roll or cookie pan with tinfoil or parchment paper. (In my experience, the parchment paper is easier to peel off.) Neatly line the tinfoil or paper with saltine crackers, breaking crackers in half to fill in any open spaces. Smash the M&Ms and set them aside.
On the stovetop, combine the butter and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for about five to six minutes.
Pour the mixture over the saltines — evenly coating them — before sticking the tray in the oven for another five to six minutes.
Pull the tray out, and evenly cover everything in chocolate chips. Put the tray back in the oven for two to three minutes — just enough to soften the chocolate chips.
Pull the tray out of the oven (for good this time — you can turn the oven off) and use a spatula to smooth everything down. Cover the entire tray with the smashed M&Ms, and then put it in the freezer for a few hours.
Break into pieces and enjoy!
That’s it! Super easy, right? You can top this with just about anything you’d like, from sprinkles to chopped nuts to crushed candy canes. M&Ms are my favorite because they add a bit of color without taking away anything from the actual taste of the crack.
I love making this stuff for parties, or putting it in colorful tins and gifting friends and family members with it. It’s also great to bring into the office.
What’s your favorite holiday treat? Let me know in the comments!