Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blarney Bark

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Started an extra early day today, as I was waiting for my allotted shower time slot...corned beef in the crockpot, baby red potatoes washed and ready to boil and as we are trying to get out the door, one daughter says, "Mom, we forgot to get my pie for my math class this morning!"...some things just never change. (they are celebrating "Pi" day this week). The great part is since my girls have their driving licenses now..."you better get in the car and go then", I replied. Love it!!

Knowing that we have a salty dinner ahead, I searched through my dessert cookbook last night looking for something fun to have this evening.  I came across my friend Annie's "Crunch Bars" recipe that she gave me a few years ago during the holidays.  She uses milk chocolate chips and tops them with crushed pecans...so, so yummy.

I remembered that I had a bag of white chocolate chips in the freezer and thought I would give this recipe a new spin with food coloring.  I am definitely going to keep this around for future holidays as well.  Purple or pink food coloring would be great for Easter and blue for 4th of July...the possibilities are endless.

Blarney Bark
Inspired by Annie's Crunch Bars

Club Crackers, about 1 sleeve
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup brown sugar
12 oz. White Chocolate Chips (I use Ghiradelli)
Green Food Coloring

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place crackers in a foil lined 9 x 13 baking dish.
(Spray foil with non-stick spray, prior to adding crackers)

Add butter and sugar to saucepan.  Cook on medium high heat until 
butter is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring
occasionally.  Bring to boil, stirring for 3 minutes.

Pour melted butter/sugar mixture in pan and 
spread evenly over crackers.  
Bake 5 - 7 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Remove pan from oven and immediately sprinkle with
white chocolate chips, let stand 5 minutes or until chocolate is softened.

Spread melted chocolate evenly.

Add a few drops of green food coloring.

Spread food coloring in each direction of pan.
Cool completely and break into pieces.

Super easy, fast and delicious!!!

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