I will be the first to admit it, I’m not a football fan. Don’t like watching it, don’t really like playing it, and definitely don’t like talking about it. So when the big games comes around every year, I’m not looking forward to it. Sure, there are some great commercials during the Super Bowl (Full House reunited, 80s stars for Radio Shack, and all of those cars commercials, crazy), and there is usually a party with great food, but the Super Bowl itself, I could do without. However, this year, I was at a party with great friends, and got to show off two of my favorite recipes, to rave reviews mind you!
I was in charge of desserts, and I wanted to be sure I brought something that was finger food-ish, like most of the food would be. People would be eating wings and chips and pizza, so the desserts had to fit in. And the two I made definitely did!
The first dessert I made was a saltine toffee. You may have had this already, or made it, but it’s always so good. And it goes by so many names, one friend even calls it crack. I do agree, it’s addicting. Luckily, it’s pretty easy…here goes:
Put one stick of butter (1/2 cup) in a saucepan and melt over medium head. Once it’s melted, dump in 1 cup of sugar. Stir to mix and melt together over medium heat (and use a bigger pan than I did…I was trying to be quick). You want it to be combined and the sugar to start to melt…it only takes a few minutes.
While the butter and sugar are brewing, cover a cookie sheet with foil and cover with non-stick spray. Then lay out saltine crackers in an even layer. You want them to touch but not overlap, and cover the whole thing. Pretty easy to do, and I used almost 2 sleeves. Once that’s done, and the sugar mixture is ready, just pour it all over. Make sure you hit the edges and sides so they have some of the sweet coating too. Then just put it in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. You want it to be bubbling and evenly coated.
When you take the pan out of the oven, immediately cover with a 12 oz bag of chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet). Let them sit for a few minutes, and you’ll see the chips turn glossy as they melt. Once melted, spread the chocolate evenly, and patiently wait until it’s cooled off. Then break into pieces and enjoy! And you’ve been warned, they are addicting!
The next recipe I made was Tandy Cakes. If you’ve ever had the Tastykake variety and like those, you’ll love these. And they’re another pretty simple recipe. Beat together 4 large eggs with 2 cups of sugar until fluffy and pale yellow. Add in 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix until combined and you have a smooth batter. Pour into a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until cooked through and a nice golden color.
Once it comes out of the oven, spread with a 12 oz container of creamy peanut butter. The heat from the cake will melt the peanut butter, making it very easy to spread. Then cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the peanut butter has firmed up. Then, melt a 12 oz bag of chocolate chips in the microwave (30 second intervals, stir, and keep going till smooth). Pour and spread the chocolate over the cooled peanut butter and let cool. Cut and enjoy. These are so delicious, and I can’t tell you how many compliments I got yesterday!