Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday: The BEST And EASIEST Dessert Recipe E-VAH!

Ok, so I've posted a recipe every day this week. Why stop now, right?

Crap. Does that mean I have to post one tomorrow? Might have to actually make dinner on a day when I was going to celebrate the slacker mom in me.

Anyway, I have this recipe. And, it's like the best and easiest dessert ever. I'm not kidding. You can disagree, but you gotta make it first, THEN you can say you disagree.

Digression: Kinda like Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can say yours are better, but not 'til you've tried Mom's. I'm tellin' you - people's lives have been changed by Mom's cookies. Right, LA?

Anyway, these cookies get devoured every time I take them somewhere. Last night, they actually turned the grumpies at our HOA meeting into softies. And, that's saying something. These people have issues. But, nothin' that a little Pine Bark couldn't tackle.

I've posted this recipe before. But, that was a year and a half ago, and so I don't think many of you have seen it.

If you ever need a dessert to take to a party, TAKE THESE! They take 10 minutes to make, and melt in your mouth like butta!

Here's the OH-SO-EASY recipe!

Pine Bark
my own recipe, adapted from several others...

2 sleeves saltine crackers
1/2 pound butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in small saucepan and add sugar. Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 3 minutes until mixture is thick and bubbly.

While sugar mixture is cooking, line jelly roll pan with aluminum foil and spray to coat with cooking spray. Place crackers salt side up on jelly roll pan. Pour butter/sugar mixture over crackers and spread to coat evenly.

Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. After chips have melted, spread to coat crackers evenly. Sprinkle evenly with chopped nuts. Refrigerate until hardened.

To serve, remove from foil and break into pieces. Store in air tight container.

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  1. Oh my WORD! I should have had breakfast before looking at your blog. Looks yummy, SS.

  2. Someone brought these to a MOPS meeting I was at a few years ago and they were devoured. Funny you should post this b/c just yesterday I was wondering where the recipe I had for it was, b/c I was thinking it would be a great thing to make for my son's preschool and SS teachers at Christmas time.

    I LOVE your recipes Sarah, keep them coming!

  3. Holy Cow! Those sound delicious. Now, how many Weight Watchers Points do you suppose those babies are?! ;)

  4. First time visitor here. OMW no wonder they melt in your mouth like butta, it's got 2 whole sticks in it! LOL Sounds devine though, I might just have to try making them for Christmas :) Or Thanksgiving since it's sooner LOL

  5. These look great. I've used a similar recipe before but I can never find it when I'm thinking about it. I just printed this off for holiday baking! Thanks.

  6. I think this will be a fun treat to make and bring to work on Friday. Thanks Miss Sarah for sharing once again.

  7. Man, that looks awesome and I am going to make that part of my holiday baking! Great post and great job on posting so much.

  8. I made something similar years ago but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. I'll try yours soon!

  9. Behold, the chocolate chip cookie.

    Yes, lives *have* been changed.

    I have nothing more to say.

  10. Yummy! I've had these before but never had the recipe. Thanks!

  11. Those do look super easy! And I love that the nuts are optional.

  12. OK - those sound heavenly! I'll be saving this recipe!

  13. ooooh, bring it on!! My mom's cookies are THE BEST!! :)

  14. Yep, I've been making this stuff (well, a very similar recipe) for about 10 years and it's absolutely addictive - so others be warned if you're planning to make it. I give it away every Christmas to friends and neighbors and I end up having to make extra batches because it's so irresistible that I eat too much of it myself while breaking it up.

    And oh, the raves...if people had any idea how easy it is. ;-)


  15. wow I will have to try this. Thanks

  16. i've had these before and they were delicious. i was skeptical because of the saltines, but one taste and you don't need to be convinced anymore.

    i didn't have the recipe, so thank you. what are you cooking/baking for tomorrow? =)

  17. I've made a similar recipe before and loved them, but I counldn't get my husband to try them because they involved chocolate and saltines, which he felt shouldn't be combined!