You may have noticed that things have been quiet around here lately. My wife and I were travelling last week, so we couldn’t bring you our usual fare. We’re back this week though – and my wife baked up another recipe that’s ridiculously easy to make.
My wife was first introduced to this recipe from a colleague of hers during her years on the festival circuit. It was one of those dishes brought to a company potluck that everyone raved about. Everyone also just had to have the recipe, including my wife.
This recipe is almost as easy as my wife’s Wham! Bam! Yes You Can! Dessert Bars – and it’s another dessert bar, sort of. This dessert bar requires only four-ingredients and the end result tastes very similar to Skor candy bars, except it looks a lot like peanut brittle. The trickiest part to this recipe is ensuring that it doesn’t burn while in the oven. Around the six minute mark, you’ll want to keep your eyes glued to the oven.
Since this dessert tastes so similar to Skor bars, and because it’s such a winner, we decided to call these My Wife Scores (or Cheater Skor Candy Bars). Of course, it’s also a nod to our great country, eh! (FYI: We don’t actually say ‘eh’ all that often, but we generally do like to poke fun at ourselves).
Here’s what you’ll need to make my wife’s My Wife Scores (or Cheater Skor Candy Bars):
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 bag of chocolate chips
- soda crackers (1 - 2 sleeves)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet and line with soda crackers.
- TIP: My wife used a generic store brand. You know the kind that says 'salted tops,' but actually only has a few microscopic grains of table salt. She used this brand because she wanted to refine this version by garnishing the tops with coarse sea salt. To achieve the same saltiness without garnishing, simply use a brand like Saltines that does actually have a generous sprinkling of salt on the tops.
- Melt butter over medium heat, and add sugar. Bring to a boil for about two minutes (adjust stove top temperature as needed to avoid burning mixture). Once caramel mixture has thickened pour evenly over soda crackers on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes (watch closely; these burn easily).
- Remove from oven once caramel is bubbling. Disperse chocolate chips over caramel and allow to melt. My wife used dark chocolate because she loves the pairing of it with the sea salt and sweet caramel. Spread melted chocolate with a spatula until evenly coated. Place cookie sheet in freezer and allow to set (approx. 30-60 mins). Remove from freezer and break up as you would peanut brittle.
- TIP: Turn the pan upside down and run a warm cloth over the back. This will loosen the caramel that seeped through the crackers. Then pound the heck out of the pan to weaken the bond of the caramel to the pan. Turn back over and use a sturdy spatula to break up My Wife Scores into serving size pieces. Store in airtight container in freezer as this dessert tends to melt.
Bake on, (eh)!