Sarah Ellis, the owner of Secret Recipe Club decided that, when a month has five Mondays, it would be fun to do an extra themed post on the fifth Monday. Well, guess what, November has five Mondays so we are doing a Holiday Treats post. How about that, an extra holiday idea.
Since participation is for those who want to join in across all four Secret Recipe Club groups, this is an opportunity to visit a blogger that may normally be assigned to a different group. My assignment is Little Bit of Everything, written by Julie from Omaha, Nebraska. She is normally in group C, and I am in group B.
Julie has been blogging since 2009, and what fun it was to look through her blog. She does have many sweet treats so it was very hard for me to narrow down which one I wanted to post. I think it is always nice at holiday time to have a no-bake cookie recipe or two in your arsenal. Julie has a couple of Rice Krispie recipes that I want to try, Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate and Brown Butter Salted Caramel. There is also a great recipe for Chocolate Nutella No Bake Cookies.
Although I was supposed to be looking for something sweet to post, I couldn’t resist adding a few recipes to my “to try” list. Since I love dill, I want to make Baby Carrots with Dill Butter and Roasted Dill Potatoes. There really are too many on my list to mention, but Five-Spice (another flavor I love) Chicken Breasts with Hoisin Sauce and Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie Cups are included. Think I will make the pot pies with some of the leftover turkey.
When choosing a recipe to share, I like to look for quick and easy. Don’t we all need that during the holidays? That is why, when I saw 3-Ingredient No Bake Toffee Bars, I knew that this was the recipe I would post. These are made with Ritz crackers, sweetened condensed milk and toffee bits. Three ingredients I always have on hand, take only a few minutes to stir together, and are ready in 20 minutes or so if you put them in the freezer. What a wonderful thing to have on hand for unexpected guests. Square cake pans are available at Dollar Tree for $1.00. A pan filled with these, wrapped in plastic and tied with a pretty ribbon would make a great Christmas gift.
If you can’t find the toffee bits, just buy an equivalent amount of toffee candy bars and crush them yourself. Lately, I have been able to find sweetened condensed milk at my Dollar Tree for just $1.00 a can so I have been stocking up. These are made with just milk and sugar. Check the ingredients on the sweetened condensed milk, though, as I have found that some of the less expensive brands at my local Hispanic-oriented market have contained other ingredients.
The bars were wonderful as is, but I think that this is also a recipe that could be played around with some. Maybe a chocolate glaze on top to make them a bit more festive or some finely chopped candied cherries or nuts added to the mix. I am also thinking that instead of the Ritz, other crackers or crushed pretzels might be fun to try. Maybe caramel bits or those tiny marshmallows instead o the toffee. Anyway, just some thoughts.
Thanks, Julie for sharing a great recipe. Be sure you visit Little Bit of Everything. You are sure to find some great new recipes to try.
3-Ingredient No Bake Toffee Bars
from Little Bit of Everything
2 sleeves Ritz Crackers made into crumbs
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 (8 oz.) package Heath English Toffee Bits
Spray an 8 or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. If you aren't giving these as a gift, I would line the pan with foil. That way the bars could be lifted from the pan to make them easier to cut. You may put the crackers in a gallon, zip-top bag and roll the crackers into crumbs with a rolling pin or use the flat side of a meat pounder. You can also zip them with a food grinder, but don’t get them too powdery. Place the cracker crumbs in a mixing bowl and add the sweetened condensed milk. Mix well. Add toffee bits and mix until they are well incorporated. Turn into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Place in refrigerator for at least one hour or in the freezer for about 30 minutes. These are very rich, I cut them into 1-inch pieces and got 36 bars.
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