I figured we could start Day 2 with a really easy recipe called Crunchers. I say easy because you blend a few ingredients together, add saltine crackers and before you know it, you have this crunchy, gooey, chocolaty, peanut butter delight.
I found this recipe on Pinterest. I had read an article that this recipe was one of the top pinned recipes one week (or maybe I dreamed it!). I looked it up and pinned it on my "I want to make that!" board. The recipe is similar to the toffee bar recipes which blend brown sugar and butter, some saltines and melted semi-sweet chocolate. I figured this might taste a bit like a candy bar (by the time I was through) and I was right...the caramel crunch reminded me of nougat and the dark glaze mixture of chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch chips was that wonderful candy bar coating.
There are two things I would suggested -
1. Make the bars on the day you will be serving them, I found they cut and actually looked better. They are good for about a week.
2. Keep them refrigerated if you like the crunch, if you like them chewy, they can stay at room temperature.
I would love to know how you like these bars. People have absolutely loved them and this was the second time I made these bars over the past few weeks. It's a nice twist on traditional saltine toffee bars.
Recipe for Crunchers from Little B. Cooks
1 box of saltine crackers
1 cup of butter
2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup of butterscotch morsels
3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1. Line a 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving extra hanging over both ends, and spray with cooking spray.
2. Line the bottom of the dish with saltine crackers.
3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then stir in the graham cracker crumbs, both sugars and milk. Bring to a boil, then continue to boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
4. Remove from heat and spread half of the butter mixture over the saltines.
5. Place another layer of saltines evenly over the butter mixture, then spread the rest of the butter mixture over the saltines, and top with another layer of saltines.
6. In a small saucepan combine the peanut butter, chocolate & butterscotch morsels.
Melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. When completely melted spread evenly saltines.
7. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
8. Remove from pan using the foil overhang, then cut into bars.
Makes about 24-30 bars
Written by Tricia White