Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Brutzel Bars

Many years ago, when I was first out of college, I participated in my first cookie exchange. Certainly, as expected I received some tasty cookies, but even more so, I received some new recipes that have become a permanent part of my holiday cookie baking.

What I love about this recipe is the simplicity - 4 simple ingredients, which I tend to have in my pantry and fridge at any given moment. Together, these create yummy, addictive cookies. There is just something about the way the butter and sugar caramelize combined with the salty crispy base and the milk chocolate top that keeps me wanting more.
Brutzel Bars
1 Sleeve Butter Crackers (Club)
1 cup Butter
1 cup Granulated Sugar
12 oz Milk Chocolate Chips

Line a 10x15 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Arrange crackers in a single layer over the foil.

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and sugar. Bring to a boil. Boil for one minute and then, gently pour over the crackers. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Wait 2 to 3 minutes, until chips begin to melt and then carefully spread melted chocolate over the top.

Cool and refrigerate for a few hours. Remove from refrigerator and break into bars following cracker lines as a guide.

I make these cookies at the holidays, but they really could be made anytime.


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