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Have you ever had Christmas crack? No, it’s not a special holiday drug, although it will give you a sugar rush and can be addictive :-). I was introduced to it two years ago via Pinterest and have been hooked ever since. It’s basically saltine crackers covered in a butter and a sugar mixture with chocolate smothered over it. It’s soooo good! So of course, when I was flipping through an old “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook and came across a variation of Christmas crack, I just HAD to try it!
The version I’m going to introduce to you is the “grown up” version of Christmas crack – Chocolate and Oats Graham Bars. It uses graham crackers, rolled oats, and smoked almonds to produce a rich and tasty treat. Are you ready for yummy awesomeness?!
The first thing you’re going to do is line your pan with foil. Don’t skip this part as you’ll need the foil to pull the bars out of the pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, sugars, and flour. Add in the melted butter, egg, and vanilla. Spread this mixture over all of the graham crackers. Makes sure to cover the edges of the crackers to prevent burnt cracker edges.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 15 – 2o minutes or until the oats and sugar mixture is bubbling and golden brown.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over the hot oat mixture and return the pan to the oven for a minute or until the chocolate softens. Remove from the oven and gently spread the softened chocolate over the oat mixture.
Sprinkle chopped smoked almonds over the warm chocolate. Press the almonds into the chocolate if needed. Let the bars cool. Use the foil to lift the bars out of the pan and cut or break into serving pieces.
Store the bars in the refrigerator. Serve cold or at room temperature.
***I added about 1/4 cup more almonds because I love almonds. The additional almonds actually balanced out the sweetness of the bars and I’m glad that I added the extra nuts to the topping. If you prefer a sweeter bar, do not add extra nuts.***
Chocolate and Oats Graham Bars
|Prep time||1 hour|
|Cook time||25 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour, 25 minutes|
|From magazine||Better Homes and Gardens|
- 12 Whole graham crackers
- 1 1/2 Cups rolled oats
- 3/4 Cups sugar
- 3/4 Cups brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 2/3 Cups butter (melted)
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 12-oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 - 3/4 Cups smoked flavored almonds (coarsely chopped)
|Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 15 x 10 inch baking pan with foil and place the graham crackers in a single layer on it.|
|In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugars, and flour. Add in the melted butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir well and spread over the graham crackers. Try to spread all the way to the edges of the pan to prevent the crackers from browning.|
|Bake 15-20 minutes or until the oat mixtures begins to brown and bubble on top. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips.|
|Return the pan to the oven for 1 minute. Remove the pan and spread the softened chocolate over the oats to cover it. Then, sprinkle the almonds over the chocolate. Let the pan bars cool and lift out of the pan using the foil. Cut or break into pieces. Store in the refrigerator.|
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