hey there neighbor

i love neighbors.  i don’t really know any of mine, but i sure to like the idea of having them around.  it’s nice.

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i thought i would reward them for surviving the new year.  it’s nice to be nice, so i made them crack.  well, i made them my version of crack, which was inspired by the one i found here (thank you Averie Cooks for Chocolate Saltine Toffee).

i call this kitchen crack.  i basically looked around my kitchen and was thankful to have all the ingredients the recipe calls for..and then some.  so I threw it all together to make a new years treat for the neighbors.

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Stephanie’s Kitchen Crack:

Ingredients:

– Saltine crackers (about 3/4 a sleeve)

– Graham Crackers (about 1 sleeve)

– Chocolate chips (1-2 cups depending on how chocolately you like things)

– Brown Suga (1 cup of light or dark will do)

– Butter (2 sticks)

– Vanilla extract (1/2 tsp is optional)

– Candy that tastes yummy with chocolate (i had a heath bar on hand so I broke it into lots of pieces. this is where you can omit or get creative.  Reeses Pieces or a Crunch bar may be yummy too!)

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.  grab your average cookie sheet and line it with aluminum foil and then spray it with cooking spray (trust me.  don’t forget the spray.)  cover it with your crackers.  you only need one layer (about 30-40 saltines).  i used the cracker combo to fill up my tray.  crack4some parts were double stacked to make sure there were no gaps.  place it to the side.
  2. bring the cup of butter and brown sugar to a boil.  stir it a lot in the process to prevent it from sticking or burning.  once it starts to boil, reduce to simmer and let it go for about 3-5 minutes (don’t forget to keep stirring).
  3. after the butter/sugar mixture has thickened, set it aside for about a minute.  then add the vanilla.
  4. pour the mixture evenly over the crackers.  place in oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until it is bubbly and then remove from oven. wait about a minute.
  5. sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and spread them out (with knife or spatula).  if you waited too long and the chips don’t spread easily, just stick it back in your oven for a minute.
  6. once the chocolate is all smoothed out, you can sprinkle your candy on top and then stick the pan in a cool area (like counter, back porch, fridge, etc) to harden.
  7. eat and enjoy.

i like my crack best when it has been frozen, but you can store this at room temperature too.

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hopefully they will actually eat it and not think it was poisoned with crack (sissy thinks they will have some hesitation).  happy new year!

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