Holiday Cookie Countdown: Christmas Crack

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I have resisted the Christmas Crack fad for years. I mean how good can a treat made with saltines be? Saltines are what I eat when I’m sick, not when I’m salivating over my favorite holiday treat.

But because one of the girls in my boot camp class could not stop talking about how good this stuff was, I told her I’d try it. And, HOLY SALTINES, I actually liked her version very much, enough to toy with it a little to make it my own. Most versions of this candy are topped with nuts, which are delicious, but we are not big nut fans with our sweets. What we are fans of is pretzels. Pretzels, caramels and chocolate to be exact. So I doctored this up to be a salted caramel pretzel Christmas Crack and we couldn’t be more in love.

I messed with this recipe a lot because I know some of you hate making your own caramel. This one isn’t as fussy — you truly just have to melt the butter and sugar, let it boil, and DON’T STIR IT. I find it is much less likely to seize up if you don’t stir, and you don’t add the vanilla at the end (I didn’t miss it). It’s also not fussy because you don’t need a candy thermometer. Just boil it for about three minutes and pour it over top of the crackers. Easy-peasy.

Looking for more Holiday Countdown cookies? Here you go!

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Christmas Crack
These pics don’t do this stuff justice. It’s FABULOUS.

20 saltine squares
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pretzels
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400°
Line a 10×15 pan with saltines until covered. Melt butter and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Allow it to boil for 3 minutes, do not stir. Remove from heat and immediately pour mixture over top of the saltines evenly, spreading to coat.

Sprinkle pretzels on top and bake in oven for 5 minutes until bubbly all over. If you prefer it a little crunchier, bake for 2 more minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Cool completely and break into pieces.

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