Caramel Cracker Bars!

Ask and it will be given to you: seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7.

I love to search the Internet.  It’s like going down a wormhole – you never know what direction it’ll take you. It’s truly amazing!  My husband isn’t really Internet savvy, and sometimes when he’s watching Jeopardy or some such show,  I’ll quickly Google the question that’s being asked and shout out the answer.  I think for a while he thought he’d married a genius.  I finally had to tell him what I was up to because he was so astounded by the depth and breadth of my knowledge. Hee Hee.

I come by it honestly – my dad was total joker.  He got a kick out of everything and he loved a good prank. It did get him in trouble a few times though – most notably when he came home one day shortly after  I’d gotten my driver’s license and shouted out “Kimbo! I bought you a car!!”.  I was so excited – this was a totally unexpected windfall.  I couldn’t believe it. He told me it was sitting in the driveway waiting for me, and when I ran outside at first I didn’t see anything, then I spotted the Matchbox car he had left there.  Now granted, in hindsight this was pretty funny – but remember, I was 17 and this didn’t seem funny at all.  I came back in the house and started crying and told him he wasn’t funny. 

And then my mama, who was the peacemaker in our house, LIT into him. And I mean LIT. INTO. HIM.  I almost fell over I was so surprised (I think he almost fell over too!).  She told him he was going to come home with a car for me the next day or there’d be hell to pay! When I heard that, I really turned on the waterworks (my dad hated to see me cry even if I deserved it). And by gosh, he bought me a car. I don’t remember if it was the next day, but it was that week.  The other thing about my dad was that he know how to get a good deal.  He found me a sweet little Vega – remember the Vega? Here’s a picture:

This picture came from http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgspiller/2769738924/

He got it from a little old lady and it only had a few thousand miles on it. Mine was a rusty orange color.  Isn’t this just so totally 70s?  It had bucket seats and surprisingly, quite a bit a of room in the back seats. We could fit 5 people in the car, but it was usually just me and my two best friends, Caralyn and Cheri.

Talk about getting off on a tangent!  See what I mean about the wormhole effect? So anyway, I was goofing around on the Internet the other day, and I ran across this recipe for Caramel Cracker Bars. This is from a Web site called Shugary Sweets (love the name!) – http://www.shugarysweets.com/2011/06/caramel-cracker-bars.html.  It reminded me of a recipe my mom and grandma used to make with Ritz crackers – Mock Apple Pie.  And it was really good (although I’m not sure if apples were more expensive than crackers or why anyone would have thought to make a mock apple pie…).  Totally lived up to my expectations – these are really good.  Extremely rich – best in small quantities, very good with Diet Coke or coffee. It’s crunchy and chewy and kind of candy-bar like.

You’ll need this stuff…

And this stuff…

And a little milk.  After I got started I decided to add some vanilla, so it’s not pictured. And one of these days I’ll figure out a spot to set stuff so I can photo everything at once. We live in a tiny frame house with a gallery kitchen so space is at a premium.

First, line a 9 x 13″ pan with tin foil, and butter it really well (the caramel is STICKY). Now layer a bunch of Ritz Crackers across the bottom.  Make sure to leave some foil hanging over the edges of the pan so you can lift the bars out when they’re done. Set this aside for now.

Crush up the graham crackers, and mix them with the butter, the sugars and the milk in a nice heavy pot.

 

Bring this to a boil, and then boil for 5 minutes – stirring constantly (I like to read a book while I stir – makes the time go faster). Remove from heat, and add some vanilla and stir well to combine.

Pour half the caramel over the Ritz Crackers. Add another layer of Ritz Crackers and pour the rest of the caramel over the second layer.  Top it off with a third layer of Ritz Crackers.  Now pop that bad boy in the fridge while you make the topping

Mix the butterscotch chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a pan.  Cook over medium low heat while stirring until it gets all melty and smooth and yummy.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cracker/carmel layers and smooth it out.  Back in the fridge for a few hours until it’s completely cold.

You end up with this! Lip smackin’ yumminess.

And they look so lovely on a plate. I think the next time I make these I’m going to sprinkle some toasted nuts on the top – maybe pecans or almonds? Delish.

Caramel Cracker Cookie Bars

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (this is 3 rectangles).
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 -2/3 tubes of Ritz Crackers (approximately)
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Line a 9 x 13″ pan with tin foil, and butter it. Don’t skimp on the butter. Be sure to leave some tin foil hanging over the edges for lifting the finished bars out.
  2. Place a single layer of Ritz crackers over the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a medium sized heavy pot, mix sugars, butter and graham cracker crumbs together.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  5. Pour half of the graham cracker mixture over the Ritz crackers.
  6. Place another single layer of Ritz crackers on the caramel.
  7. Pour the remaining half of the caramel over the Ritz cracker.
  8. Add one more single layer of Ritz crackers on top of the caramel.
  9. Put this in the refrigerator to cool.
  10. In a medium heavy bottom pan mix together the chips and the peanut butter, and cook over medium or medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  11. Pour over the Ritz cracker caramel layers and smooth out.  Refrigerate until completely cold and set.
  12. Lift the bars out by the tin foil lining and cut into small pieces.
  13. Keep refrigerated.


4 thoughts on “Caramel Cracker Bars!

    • Hee Hee – you’ll have to give some away! That way they won’t be as tempting. I always find myself “trimming” them or eating the ones that aren’t perfectly square – the problem is, none of them are perfectly square!

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