Friday, December 13, 2013

Chocolate Caramel Crackers AKA "Shingles"

Chocolate Caramel Crackers AKA "Shingles"

Makes 1 cookie sheet.

A classic Christmas candy, and a traditional favorite of my husband's side of the family.  They call these "shingles," and they are addicting and delicious!
Source: The Mr.'s grandmother

~40 saltine crackers
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 11x17 baking sheet completely with foil and then line the base of the foil with parchment paper; cut to fit.

Line the bottom of the baking sheet with crackers, covering all parts.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together.  Stir over medium heat until it begins to boil.  Once it has begun boiling, let it boil for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  It will thicken a bit as it cooks.  Remove from the heat and add vanilla.  Quickly pour over crackers and spread it around to completely cover the crackers.

Bake for 15 minutes, watching carefully so that it does not burn.

Remove from oven and immediately cover with chocolate chips.  Let stand for 5 minutes and then spread the chocolate chips over the crackers.  Once completely cool -- speed the process up by putting the pan in the freezer -- break into pieces and store in a container.  We enjoy keeping these in the freezer and eating them straight from there!

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