Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Crack Bark
Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Crack Bark has a graham cracker base, an easy toffee on top, plus chocolate chips and peanut butter. Such a good recipe for the holidays…or anytime you’re craving toffee, peanut butter and chocolate!
Well, we’re well into the holiday season now. Before you know it Christmas will be here! I’ve already started baking cookies and freezing them to give on my holiday platters. Every year it seems I add more people to my giving list: teachers, neighbors, friends. It’s a good thing I have cookies in my freezer all year long or I’d be going crazy thinking of things to make for everyone.
Every year I think about all the new flavors of things I want to create; new cookies, new candy, new bars to try. There are very few repeat desserts made in my house, in fact only two are guaranteed to be made year after year: sugar cookies and toffee. Sugar cookies because I love them and toffee because Mel eats it and I’m evil.
This year I plan to have an array of goodies, including this Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Crack Bark. Wow, that’s a mouthful name, right? I couldn’t decide what to call this. It’s toffee but it’s bark, and it has graham crackers and chocolate and peanut butter. Basically, it’s the best thing in the entire world.
You’ve probably heard of Christmas Crack before and this is another version of that. It’s called crack not because it’s addicting but because you “crack” it to break it up. The toffee “cracks” as you pull it apart. Normally toffee bark like this has saltine crackers or Matzo crackers, or you may have seen it made with graham crackers. This one can be made with any of them, but what makes it different than all the rest is that I made it with CHOCOLATE graham crackers. And peanut butter!
Have you ever had chocolate graham crackers? They sell them with the other grahams in the cookie aisle at grocery stores and Walmart. They aren’t too sweet and are the perfect base for this toffee.
The toffee is actually easy to make, even if you’ve never made it from scratch before. You just need a candy thermometer or an instant read thermometer to check the temperature of the sugar mixture while it’s cooking. It only takes a few minutes and then you bake it. Once you add the chocolate and peanut butter it sets into a delicious toffee that cracks when you break it.
Of course, if it was up to me I’d just pick up the whole thing and eat it.
Toffee bark like this is perfect for gift giving. I’ve given up on buying those Christmas tins and paper plates for gift giving. They just take up space in the garage and they don’t keep anything fresh. My favorite thing to keep on hand all year long for sharing all my goodies are Glad® containers; I always have tons of them in my plastic drawer and I’m regularly handing them out to friends full of pies and cookies.
Now, even better, Glad has holiday containers you can use for giving – they have these happy holiday decorations on them and come in three large sizes, perfect for edible gifts. I also have them on hand at parties to send home leftovers – they keep things fresh, can be frozen, and they can be washed and reused. Stick a bow on top and you have an edible gift already wrapped.
The Glad holiday containers are only sold at Walmart and on Walmart.com, so be sure to check them out. And if you want to grab some, before you shop check out Walmart grocery pickup, a new service where you create an account and shop for all your groceries online. Then you go to the store and they’ll bring them out to your car and you don’t have to wait in line. Best. Service. EVER – I can’t wait to use it over and over.
And while you’re picking up the holiday containers…grab all the ingredients to make this toffee. If Mel ate it you know it’s good. 🙂
Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Crack Bark
Total Time: 30 minutes plus cooling
Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee Crack Bark has a graham cracker base, an easy toffee on top, plus chocolate chips and peanut butter. Such a good recipe!
- 8-10 Chocolate Graham Crackers (see note)
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (about 12 ounces) chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 10x15-inch jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet with 1” sides) with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place graham crackers in an even layer on the prepared pan, breaking some to make them all fit. Set aside.
- Place butter in a medium saucepan and melt over low heat. Add brown sugar and water and stir to combine. Place a candy thermometer in the pan and then cook over medium-low heat, not stirring, until the mixture reaches 255°F. If you don’t have a candy thermometer you can also check it often with an instant read thermometer.
- Once it reaches 255°F, immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Pour and spread evenly over the graham crackers. Bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove the toffee from the oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips. Bake an additional 2 minutes.
- Place peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 15-20 seconds, or until it’s pourable. When the toffee comes out of the oven, the chocolate chips will be melted and spreadable. Spread the chocolate even with a knife and then drizzle the peanut butter over the top and swirl with the knife or the back of a wooden spoon. Chill to harden, then break into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
You can use any graham crackers you like, or you can use Saltines, Ritz Crackers, or Matzo crackers.
Adapted from My Dessert Mash-Ups cookbook.
For more holiday entertaining tips and recipes, be sure to check out www.walmart.com/holidayfavorites!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad & Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.