Age: 2+. My little one likes to sprinkle the toppings on top.Time: 10 minutes to prep, ready to eat in about an hour.
Mess: For a kitchen activity, this is relatively clean with an easy clean-up. Hardly any dishes to wash - one pan, spatula, and a cookie sheet.
What I Like this "craft": I know this really isn't craft, but it is an easy activity that results in a yummy treat. Enough said :)
What You Need (recipe):
- 1 sleeve of Saltine crackers or Graham Crackers (both versions come out very good!)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- Toppings (pecans, peanuts, almonds, dried sweet cheeries, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, toffee bits, etc. Make you own combo!), about 1/4 cup each.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Lay the crackers into the pan as close together as possible without overlapping.
Bring the butter and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove sugar from heat and pour evenly over crackers.
Bake the crackers and sugar in the oven for 5 - 7 minutes, until very bubbly. Don't let the crackers get too browned! Remove pan from oven and let sit for 1 minute to set the sugar up slightly.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over crackers and let sit for 5 minutes to melt, then spread the chocolate evenly over the top when melted. Sprinkle nuts over the top (optional). I also like to press the toppings into the chocolate.
Note: On one variation, I used white chocolate chips for this step. The white chocolate did not melt with a smooth finish. I would only use what chocolate chips for the final topping or melted for a drizzle on top.
You can also make this extra pretty by melting some white chocolate, transferring to a plastic baggie, and drizzle the white chocolate all over the top.
Sprinkle a little salt (this makes it extra yummy) over the entire pan.
Cool at room temperature and then refrigerate. When the chocolate is set, cut or break into into pieces.