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Christmas Crack // Holiday Baking Recipe Video


To be honest I love this recipe most because I get to tell people I’m cooking crack. Maybe it’s in poor taste to joke about drugs but it makes me giggle every time. My cousin first introduced me to this recipe many many years ago. We had a tradition of baking together for the holidays and Christmas Crack was a favorite recipe. Along with this holiday bark, we would also cook about 5-6 other cookies, spending all day in the kitchen, laughing and having fun. Those are the best kind of holiday memories.

 

Traditionally this recipe is make with plain old saltine cracker (make sure you get salted tops!). You lay a single layers of crackers at the bottom of your baking tray and then top with caramel and chocolate as usual. This year I decided to make my own crackers. Why? I wanted it gluten free but ended up regretting it quite quickly lol Not because the Christmas Crack didn’t turn out well but because it took way longer to make and I ended up having to make three batches of crackers to cover the whole tray. Now that was a whole lots of almond flour making this recipe probably 4 times as expensive and time consuming as it usual is. Side note: this is not true of all gluten free recipes!!


The good news is that the results were still delicious. This year it had more of a cookie consistency than a bark. Saltines are so dry they easily crack apart where as my crackers were much more moist (sorry :|) and less cracky. In life and in cookies, less cracky isn’t a bad thing so I’ll leave it to you do decide how cracky you want your Christmas Crack.

Christmas Crack // Holiday Baking Recipe Video

Christmas Crack // Holiday Baking Recipe Video

Ingredients

  • Sleeve of saltine crackers (or make your own)
  • Crackers:4 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large egg
  • 2 tbsp melted ghee (or butter)
  • Caramel: 8oz butter
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • Chocolate: 1 cup chocolate chips (gluten and dairy free Enjoy Life brand)
  • Topping (optional) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350
  2. Create one even layer of saltine crackers. If making your own, combine the almond flour, salt, eggs and ghee. Using plastic wrap bring the mixture into a ball and then roll out into an even tin layer to fill your whole baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. In a heavy pot, combine the butter and sugar for the caramel. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, wait for the butter and sugar to be fully combined and a nice caramel color.
  4. Pour the caramel over the crackers and use a spatula to spread the mixture so it covers all the crackers.
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and return to the oven, turning off the oven heat and allowing the radiant heat to melt the chocolate chips, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and using a butter knife spread the chocolate to create and even layer over the caramel.
  7. In the same pot as the caramel add your chopped walnuts, ghee and spices. Mix over low head just until the butter is melted and everything is well combined. Sprinkle over the chocolate and place the whole mixture in the fridge to cool and harden.
  8. After a few hours, once everything is set, crack the crack into cookie size pieces.
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I hope you enjoy this holiday recipe and that it become a part of your family tradition.

With lots of love and holiday joy,

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