12/22/08

Cheez It Bark

I'm sure you've all seen the "ghetto toffee" recipe floating around food-bloggerland for the holiday season. But my question to you is, have you seen it this way?

cheez it bark

Yep, I totally went there--I used the ever-so-tasty Cheez-It crackers. Trust me on this one. It is WAY better than saltines. The sweet buttery toffee mixed with the salty taste of Cheez-It's. Oh yeah! Now we're talking tasty toffee.

cheez it bark

cheez it bark

cheez it bark
from vanillasugarblog.com
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1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup, packed light brown sugar
2 bags of 11.05 ounces of milk chocolate chips
½ box of the Big-size Cheez-It’s (use the big ones, as they cover more room)
1 cup of crushed toasted pecans (or walnuts or whatever you crave)

Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Line jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Or just use a non-stick jelly roll pan.
Lay a flat layer of Cheez-It crackers out on the foil. I did a layer and a half, making sure to cover up any gaps with Cheez-It’s.
In a saucepan, melt the sugar and butter until a boil is reached. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved. Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread to coat evenly. Do not mix! Just pour, and fill in any gaps with a spatula.
Bake in pre-heated oven for 5-8 minutes, or until the toffee becomes bubbly. Turn off oven, then take out of oven and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then sprinkle on the chocolate chips. But tray back in oven to help the chips melt a bit. When chips are melted a bit, spread them into an even layer like you would frosting a cake. After done spreading the chocolate this is the time to sprinkle on the chopped nuts or whatever else you want to add.
Let cool and/or refrigerate until hardened. Once firmly cooled then break into pieces.
So good. Trust me the Cheez-It’s make all the difference!

50 comments:

  1. These look so fabulous the colour contrast is great and I bet they taste wonderful. :-)

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  2. Cheez-It's, eh?? FUN!! :-D

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  3. Dawn, you rock! I would never have thought of that but I bet it's good.

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  4. Hum that sounds so interesting! I allways like "your way" in things girl! Happy holidays dear!

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  5. That sounds really good Dawn - I might have to make my own!

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  6. Cheez-Its! Ok that is an interesting version of this

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  7. You're killing me. Jeff totally mixes Cheez-It's & chocolate chips, but this looks amazing. Hope you survived the mall!!!

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  8. Love it! Starting to get a craving...

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  9. Nope - I've never seen it this way - but it looks great!

    -DTW
    www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh Dawn you are killing me. I love the colors and flavors...I bet they taste amazing.

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  11. omg omg!! This is insane and I totally love it.

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  12. haha, love it! just like choc-covered potato chips :) which i've never had...

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  13. I love Cheez its!! This is an original Dawn aI 've never seen anybody do this before, you go girl!!!

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  14. What are you smokin' and can I have some :-)

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  15. THIS IS BRILLIANT! I can totally understand how this would beat out the saltines. What a perfect balance of sweet & salty. I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe!

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  16. That looks awesome! I'm totally stealing the idea. :)

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  17. how unique and fabulous--great idea, dawn! and happy holidays to you and yours. :)

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  18. Too too funny! You really know how to jazz things up. I would have never thought to use Cheez-Its but I bet the salty sweet is very good!

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  19. Hah, when I first read this I thought you said "saltiness" :) Cheese and chocolate.. It may seem unusual but it does sound like a great combination!! Well done Dawn!

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  20. I can't believe this recipe of yours...I used to dip cheez-its in melted chocolate when I was younger, or eat them with some sort of chocolate candy. I thought no one in the world would ever eat something like that, but I loved it, and I love this!

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  21. I would of never pictured cheeze its with toffee, but you can make anything look and sound good! Nice work with this one! Happy Holidays!

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  22. My husband is a cheez-it fanatic, I'll have to give this a try!

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  23. Dawn, this is amazing. I like everything you do that's YOUR way. Merry Christmas!

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  24. I have only made a version of this toffee with saltines - love the cheez-its!!

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  25. OMG I always have a cupboard full of cheeze-its...I am so trying this...thank you!

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  26. Wow, you are creative and as usual you've rocked on the flavor.

    I think I'll make this toffee for my gift baskets! I'm running out of time for baking and this looks easy and yummy.

    We got about 10 inches of snow down here in Brewster. I was sad when the rain washed most of it away...

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  27. Oh my gosh, that looks amazing! You never cease to amaze me, you know that?

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  28. They were a big hit at the office party today. Almost all of it went. One of my co-workers wants to take the rest home!! The poor man's toffee is really good!

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  29. ohhh.I am soooo in love with you right now. I LOVE Cheez-Itz! they are my favorite!

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  30. Not so sure if it's poor man's toffee (with pecans) but I like it...ALOT!

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  31. This looks so delicious! Definitely a nice twist on the original. :) Hey Dawn, I have something for you at my blog. Come on by very soon! Merry Christmas! :)

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  32. How Cool! I love Cheez-It's, and cheez-it's toffee sounds so interesting. This one I will definitely be trying.

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  33. yum... happy holidays!!! :)

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  34. I bet these are fantastic! I can imagine the sweet with the salty and savory cheez-its are wonderful. I am jealous that I don't have some!

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  35. What a great idea! I would never thought of using cheez-its this way :) Happy Holidays Dawn!!

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  36. It's glorious! Merry Christmas, pal of mine :)

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  37. I just have to say that this stuff is so much better than words can describe. And it's as addictive as crack (what my imagination says crack must be like). I tried them at "hubby's" work party and took some home too. I do not like cheezits but this sweet-savory combination is awesome.

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  38. That is so interesting.. I was wondering what the orange layer was..

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  39. You wacky girl! I knew you were amazing. Here's proof in brown and orange. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

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  40. Looks good! I've made something similar using torillas. Got the recipe from Rice and Beans and Other Fine Things. I'd like to give yours a try!

    Happy 2009!
    ~ingrid

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  41. The Cheezeits would add a nice savoury touch. Great idea!

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  42. At first I though the Cheezits were sweet potatoes and I was like "What the heck?". So next to sweet potatoes, the Cheezits seemed very practical. It's all relative, right? I wonder what would happen if you used peanut butter cheese crackers?

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  43. yummy ! great idea! I bet they were out of this world.

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  44. Dawn,
    I am actually going over your older posts. You were certainly a busy bee! Such lovely recipes with always that little bit extra! This poor man's toffee will certainly make the wealthiest person happy! Imagine what you would create living in California with all that 1st class ingredients!

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  45. This is so good! Thanks

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  46. I just made this and I'm astonished at how different the taste is. I honestly like it both ways (one of with Cheezits, the other with Saltines). I'm always up for trying a new variation of something! Great idea.

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  47. These look like the perfect cure for PMS! Sweet and salty at the same time! Love it!

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  48. These look awesome! I haven't seen Cheez-it's in the supermarkets here in Canada. I doubt they sell them across the border but I we do have Ritz crackers.

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  49. I didn't need to see this :p So curious, sounds strange but yet oddly awesome!

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