There are some recipes from your childhood that just stick with you. Lisa’s Candy Crackers is one of those recipes. Salty, sweet, buttery, and chocolate they are everything I need in an indulgent snack.
Growing up this was one of my all time favorite things to eat. So much butter, sugar, and chocolate; what child wouldn’t love it. This recipe came from my mom’s best friend or my best friend’s mom depending on how you want to look at it. My mom met Lisa while they were both celebrating their honeymoons and many years later they are basically family. Their daughter Kayla was first friend, look how cute we were.
The last time I made this recipe I was in high school. I remember bringing them to theater rehearsal and stuffing our faces with them in the choir room. I realized recently that means I haven’t had them in over six years, that’s way too long! Making this recipe gluten free was super easy I just bought some Glutino Crackers instead of the saltines in Lisa’s original recipe. I find most crackers aren’t as salty as the saltines are (wonder where they got their name…) so I added 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the original recipe and they were absolutely perfect.
Getting older is a funny thing, I now find myself deciding what to cook for different holidays and what my holiday traditions will be. Its a fun balance of taking two families traditions and cherry picking how you want your Christmas’s to be. When I grew up stockings were always opened last, after presents we’d break for some food and then go back to open stockings. But in my boyfriends family they opened stockings first, sometimes before their parents were even awake: how exciting! So now we’ve decided to open stockings first in our house, stockings are always my favorite part so why wait?!
Now I trying to figure out what foods to serve for the holidays. We always had Christmas cookies on Christmas eve and a cannoli for dessert on Christmas. I cannot remember what the dinner was, clearly I’ve always been all about those sweets. I still need to have Christmas cookies on Christmas eve, because you’ve got to leave some for Santa! But making a gluten free cannoli seems like a lot of work and I’m not going to make a dessert I can’t eat! And that’s when I decided I think Lisa’s Candy Crackers should become my Christmas dessert! That way I make sure I eat these at least once a year, because they’re so delicious I don’t want to have to go more than 365 days without them ever again. In most of my recipes I try to post fairly accurate nutrition information for you. However, since I know this recipe is definitely not healthy and I don’t even want to think about how many grams of sugar is it them I left that out. It’s Christmas, and this year I’m asking Santa for these to be healthy.. we’ll see if he listens.
- 2 Boxes Glutino Crackers
- 1½ Sticks Butter
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ¾ Cup Sugar
- 12 oz Chocolate Chips
- Spread crackers out on sheet pan
- Melted butter, add sugar and salt
- Pour over crackers
- Bake at 350F for 15 minutes
- Let cool slightly
- Covered with chocolate chips
- Bake 5 more minutes
- Spread chocolate until smooth even layer