Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ritz Crackers

The other day I was helping Lilly pick out some things for her pre-school show and tell. It was circles that day. She found a bracelet -- and was putting some other round treasures in her back pack...when I said, "You could take these Ritz crackers, honey, and then the other kids could also have a snack."

She got very quiet for a minute, thinking...then said, "that's a really good idea, Grandma."

OH MY GOODNESS. It is shocking how thrilled I was when she said that. That a three-year old would be able to make my day with just a few words. It really surprised me...

And I've been thinking about how powerful those words actually are. When is the last time you told somebody they had A GOOD IDEA?? It is powerful stuff, people...

Or -- maybe it's just about the deliciousness of THE RITZ they are the focus of today's Pinterest Post...

I've heard this treat called everything from "Cracker Crack" to "Puttin' on the Ritz," but I think Ritz Cracker Candy is the most simple name. See the recipe below:

Ritz Cracker Candy
  • 1 to 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips/white chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and arrange the crackers on it in a single layer.
    Melt butter and brown sugar together in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. After it's melted, increase heat to medium-high and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour this mixture over the cracker layer.

    Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle crackers with chocolate chips and place back in the oven for 3 minutes (the oven will be turned off but still warm). Spread the melted chocolate over crackers and top with pecans and remaining chips. Allow to cool completely and break apart to serve.

    Too complicated? With Valentine's Day just around the corner -- these look like a perfect child-friendly treat. Peanut butter Ritz crackers dipped in white chocolate? I think we'll just put a candy heart on top...

    And I LOVE these...put a Rolo on a Ritz and set them in the oven...then smash another Ritz on top...

    And -- FOR HALLOWEEN...???

    I am telling you -- WITH RITZ CRACKERS -- and the odd compliment every now and then -- YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, PEOPLE...

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