you guys, this fucking toffee rules. my girlfriend makes this every Christmas and we hand out plastic bags full of this stuff like drug dealers. i usually don't like desserts/sweets (via my unique "eat every fucking carb ever" diet) but sometimes you need to take a break from shame-eating your way through a Hungry Howie's MIGHTY MEATY pizza and treat yourself, you know? THIS WAY TO FLAVOR COUNTRY.
Things to buy at the store:
1 cup of butter. (2 sticks)
a box of club crackers. (go for the brand name yeah? go ahead, you deserve it)
1 cup dark brown sugar. (make sure it's dark brown)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips. (make sure they're semi-sweet)
3/4 cup chopped pecans. (make sure they're pecans. don't be a fucking fool and use some renegade nut like almonds or, god forbid, PISTACHIOS. jesus.)
some pots and shit
Things to do:
1. pre-heat oven to 400. (if you just got home from the store, bring the oven inside first.)
2. put some aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. line the sheet with as many crackers that will fit, in a single cracker layer. while you're at it, eat some of those mother fucking crackers.
3. in a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the butter and brown sugar and bring it to a boil. DON'T STOP STIRRING or you'll ruin everything. once it starts boiling, continue stirring and let it boil for 3 minutes or so; it should start to thicken and get kind of sludgy, like a Weedeater riff. this is also the point where i like to pretend i'm cooking meth in fucking Indiana or something.
4. pour the meth onto the cookie sheet. try to distribute it evenly and coat every cracker. i'm not a god damn gourmet chef so if you fuck up and miss a few, no worries, this isn't Gordon Ramsey trying to fix a fucking Applebee's and no one is going to freak out if you grab a spatula and spread that shit around to get the corner crackers covered.
5. pop that bad boy in the oven for 5-6 minutes and take a breather. eat some more crackers if you want.
6. take the pan out of the oven. if you're a pussy you'll probably want to use an oven mitt or a sock or something for your hands.
7. sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crackers. again, try to do it evenly but seriously who cares.
8. let that shit sit for like 5 minutes and then take a knife or spatula and spread the melted chocolate chips all over the crackers.
9. sprinkle pecans.
10. put the pan in your refrigerator. cover with aluminum foil if your fridge smells like butts.
11. turn your refrigerator on and go to bed.
12. the next morning, be a tough guy and break that shit up with your bare hands. if everything went well, you should be dealing with something that looks like this: http://lickmyspoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/chocolate-almond-toffee-005.jpg distribute to your friends and loved ones in small batches.
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