Salty Peppermint Bark
Ever had Saltine Crackers in your dessert?
Two words define the "Cookie Craze" spread in the Food section of Wednesday's Washington Post: pretty amazing. However, I don't think any of their recipes mentioned "saltine crackers." And only one word would define that concept: amazing. They did feature a Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie Bark which is getting closer...
the Kitchenette's Salty Peppermint Bark
(Think Salty Oat cookie from Teaism or the sweet-meets-salty Kettle Korn philosophy)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
About 20 Saltine Crackers (told you so)
1 bag of White Chocolate Chips (on sale 2 for $4 at Safeway right now)
Layer the bottom of a non-stick cookie sheet or glassware baking pan with saltine crackers, until the crackers cover the surface. Let rest.
Cook the butter and sugar on stovetop until boiling. Be sure to avoid burning (easier than you think!) Once the mixture is bubbling and becomes a tawny color, STOP. Remove from heat and layer this liquid on top of saltine crackers. Bake this double layered (almost bark) in oven for about 5-6 minutes.
Once done, spread out white chocolate chips on top to create third layer, and let melt for 4 minutes until chips are smooth. (Use fork to evenly distribute white chocolate after melting time). Break pieces of peppermint with various objects (hammers, cookie sheets, heavy encyclopedias) and sprinkle on top.
How's that for Chip Chip Hooray? (the Post's Wednesday story on chocolate chips with a make-over)