Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baking with Kids - "Those Darn Cookies"

Today my daughter and I made one of my mom's recipes, "Darn cookies!" You got it, because they're so darn good! And simple to make too! I have to admit that we actually call them something else when the kids aren't around :-)

Yes, it's true, I totally went ahead and chose a recipe that I was very familiar with to share first, and I am ok with that.


1 1/2 sleeves of Saltine Crackers

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup butter

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts, today we chose walnuts

Here's What You do

Pre-heat oven to 350

Line entire cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with Pam.

Lay out Saltines, completely covering bottom of pan.

Cook sugar and butter for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly (on a low to medium heat) until caramel colored. Do not let it boil over.

Pour hot sugar over crackers. Then spread  butter and brown sugar mixture over the crackers with a spatula. Bake at 350 for 4-5 minutes. tip...bake on top rack and keep a close eye.

Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips on top of hot crackers.

Return to oven for an additional 4-5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate.

Sprinkle with nuts (optional).

Place the tray in fridge to cool. Once the cookies set, you can either just break them up by hand or cut neatly into squares with a butter knife.

My daughter and I made these cookies a couple weeks ago to bring to a party at her school. We didn't make them with nuts then, but decided to "mix it up a little" today (as my daughter says) and sprinkled walnuts on top. They taste delicious both ways, but I think they look prettier with the nuts on top.



  1. i used to make something very similar with my grandma when i would spend the night! i was just thinking about the chocolate covered saltine goodness that we used to make the other day. these sound just as yummy.

  2. awww, see, that's such a nice memory. I remember things like that from when I was growing up. I remember sleeping over my Auntie Marge's and eating fudge. Those memories of family fill me with comfort. I think that's why I love baking/cooking and food in general so much. We are happy to share our cookies with you!

  3. My brother dated a young woman for a lot of years who used to make these at Christmas. They are delicious! Like a Heath Bar! I have to admit, however, that none of us were TOO sad when they finally broke up and the cookies stopped showing up for the Christmas season... I wasn't the only on who COULDN'T STOP eating them! Now some years my pants still fit at New Year's :-)

  4. These sound so easy and delicious! Ellie can totally help me make these. Thanks!