This recipe less-so healthy and more-so delicious and easy. That’s what the holidays are about, right? (I put it in the “wellness” category as more of a good-for-the-soul sort of thing, haha.) These cookies are by far my favorite holiday treat. I’ve loved them since my childhood, when my Grandma Hilda would make them every year at Christmas and put them in a festive tin to share with us when we came over.
For years I marveled over their perfectly sweet and salty combination, and then one year I finally grew up and asked, “Grandma, could you give me the recipe for these to-die-for cookies?” I later discovered that almost everyone else’s grandmothers made the exact same cookies for them, but nonetheless, they are so nostalgic to me and always make me think of childhood in the best way.
Let me tell you, though—getting this recipe was the best and worst decision I’ve ever made. Best because they are just so mouth-wateringly wonderful; worst because they are so darn addictive. You’ve been warned: if you find yourself in a house alone with these cookies, you just might eat every single one.
Now, without further ado, I give you the recipe:
1 cup butter or Earth Balance
1 cup dark brown sugar
Saltine crackers (with salted tops)
12 oz bag semisweet or dark chocolate chips
Chopped almonds or pecans (optional)
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and cover with one layer of Saltine crackers. In a saucepan, heat butter and sugar together, stirring until well incorporated; bring to a boil for 3 minutes and be careful not to burn the sugar. Immediately pour over Saltines and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Bake for about 5 minutes, until sugar is bubbly. Pull out of the oven and sprinkle the bag of chocolate chips over Saltines and sugar. Once melty, spread chocolate evenly with rubber spatula and sprinkle with almonds or pecans, if you’re using them. Allow to cool completely (on countertop or in refrigerator); once the chocolate is completely hardened, break into pieces and keep chilled until serving.
Do you have a nostalgic Christmas treat? (Recipes are welcome!!)
Photo via Fat Girl Trapped In A Skinny Body