Quick, easy, and irresistible, these salty-sweet, crispy, and chewy bars are a perfect holiday treat or DIY gift. Make a double batch and wrap half in a decorative box as a quick gift for party hosts, or for your office “secret Santa.”
Total Time: 25 minutes; 15 minutes active
12 graham crackers broken into 24 squares
1/2 pound butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place the crackers on the foil-lined sheet, with their edges touching. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, then stir in the brown sugar. Turn the heat to medium high, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook for 10 minutes until the sugar has melted. Pour the sugar mixture over the graham crackers, and spread with a spatula to cover evenly.
Sprinkle with pecans and bake for 10 minutes, until bubbly. Place pan on a cooling rack and use the tip of a spatula to nudge the crackers apart. Sprinkle with coarse salt. When the pan has cooled, melt the chocolate and drizzle it over the crackers. Let cool until firm; remove from the pan, and break into pieces. Store, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to a week.
180 calories, 13 g fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein