Monday, November 28, 2011

German Chocolate Cracker Candy


Each year since 2007 I receive a holiday treat in my mailbox sometime in July. It is well packaged in a brown box and I get so excited to open it up. It makes me wish that it was the holiday season, yet I know I need to wait for several months. You are probably wondering what this item is – well the wait is over – it is my yearly Christmas book from Southern Living.


It is filled with savory and sweet delights along with decorating ideas and handmade gift ideas. These folks must work year round to create a fresh book every year filled with wonderful ideas, classic and modern recipes for all holiday season festivities. If you are not a subscriber, I highly encourage you to check it out. There are countless ideas to inspire and add a new twist each year to your holiday traditions.


I was especially drawn to the handcrafted confection section. The German Chocolate Cracker Candy drew my eyes right to that page. Typically I make the Saltine Toffee Candy and it is a complete hit where ever I take it. Not too mention, quite addictive.


This candy is made with graham crackers, almonds and toasted coconut – a confection that is perfection. I brought it to work today, where several folks resisted since they knew they could not stop at one and others enjoyed it throughout the day. I have found that it is best served chilled, since it keeps the pieces crisp and tasty.



German Chocolate Cracker Candy

10 Graham crackers
1 C. Dark brown sugar, firmly packed
½ C. Butter
1 ½ C. Milk chocolate chips
2/3 C. coarsely chopped whole almonds with skins
½ C. Shredded coconut, lightly toasted

Preheat the oven to 350.

Arrange the graham crackers tightly on a cookie sheet with sides. Use parchment paper unless the sheet is non-stick.

Heat the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth, and slightly bubbling, about 5 minutes. Pour over the graham crackers and spread with a knife to cover all crackers.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. The mixture will be bubbly. Remove from oven and using a knife push any excess butter and sugar mixture onto the crackers. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and let melt for about 10 minutes and then spread with a knife. Sprinkle the almonds and toasted coconut. Press gently to adhere to chocolate. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and break apart gently. Store in an airtight container and best kept chilled in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

* Recipe altered from the 2011 Christmas Southern Living Book (page 165)
 

15 comments:

  1. Oh this is such a wonderful treat for this time of year! I'd love a little packet of this and I can well imagine that your colleagues devoured it!

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  2. Lisa, I wouldn't be able to resist these either. They have everything I love! Maybe I should consider subscribing to Southern Living, too! I'm just an email subscriber right now. I will have to give these a try.

    Enjoy your week!

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  3. That yearly book sounds amazing! Those mini peanut butter and chocolate sandwich cookies look and sound way too good to make! I would eat them all instantly!

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  4. I can imagine these treats would be addictive as well...fantastic for the holidays :)

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  5. Yum...love this! Isn't Southern Living the BEST?!?!?

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  6. This looks so delicious, a gorgeous little treat! I could see myself eating way too much :) This is a great recipe, I''m heading over to Southern Living as we speak! Thanks :)

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  7. I sometimes feel like German chocolate cake is too rich...but this cracker seems like the perfect size and balance of cracker and chocolate to avoid that. Definitely worth the wait to make :)

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  8. brilliant! this will be made, then made again, ad nauseum. :)

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  9. Hi Lisa, I think I'm in need of that Southern Living Christmas Book, ha-ha if you could see my stack of cookbooks! Oh well, always room for one more especially with delicious treats like these candies;-)

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  10. Looks dangerous!
    But what's life without a little danger? ;)
    I've been making a lot of barks lately, with graham crackers as the base! Last week was chocolate and PB...so good! Can't wait to try this, it looks too good.

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  11. Lisa, those look dangerously good! I am almost too scared to make them:) They remind me a bit of 7 Layer Bars - one of my favorites.
    Have a good weekend,
    E

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  12. Who knew that something so easy to make could be so delicious. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  13. Those look so festive and addictive!

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  14. These truly do look addictive! These would most likely get me in trouble. Or shall I say my waistline would be in trouble :)

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  15. Oh my gosh! I am so pinning this so I can make them (and eat all of them!) Thanks!

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