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Toffee Crunch Grahams

12 whole graham crackers, broken into 48 quarters

1 1/2 cups butter (no substitutes)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup sliced almonds

Line a 15 x 10 x1″ baking pan with foil.  Line crackers in the bottom of the pan.  It will be a tight squeeze and the crackers will be touching.  In a saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Do not biol too long or the syrup will harden.  Carefully pour this syrup over the graham crackers, spreading to cover the crackers.  Sprinkle with sliced almonds.  Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until the syrup is bubbly.  Remove from the oven and carefully lift the foil lining onto a wire rack.  Let cool completly and break apart.

These are very similar to the treats Grandma Johnson makes with club crackers and a syrup of butter and white syrup.  When I made these I had both regular and cinnamon graham crackers so I tried both to see which we liked better.  Dad and I have voted so we will be eager to see which you like better if you try them.  These were fast and easy and they got gobbled up fast.  Enjoy!



For Valentine’s Day this year I made cookie bouquets for Aubrey and Isaac’s teachers.  They were relatively simple and looked cute.  I made Grandma Rolfe’s sugar cookies which are always yummy.  (You can find the recipe in the cookbook that Mom made.)  I rolled them out a little bit thicker and slid a skewer through the bottom.  Make sure that the skewer is in the cookie well.  I then baked them for the usual time.  Wait until they are cooled to frost them.  I actually made mine a couple of weeks early and froze them, and frosted them while they were still frozen.  Allow time for them to dry before the next step.  I bought a simple clay pot from Wal-Mart for $0.75.  I got some foam from the silk flower department and some paper stuff to cover the foam.  Cut the foam to fit the pot and hot glue the paper on top of the foam to hide it.  Then insert the sticks into the foam. 

I thought that this would be something fun to do with the kids, but they were a little too fragile.  So I gave them some regular sugar cookies to decorate while I worked on mine.  Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!

Samoas Bars

Homemade Samoas Bars

It’s Girl Scout cookie season!  I think we can all agree that there are two varieties of Girl Scout cookies worth buying (though Tagalongs are okay if you’re into peanut butter).  While some of you may reasonably claim Thin Mints as your favorite, Somoas are the ones that do it for me.  Unfortunately, the availability of Girl Scout cookies is fleeting, the price is a bit steep for what you get, and they are made with some ingredients (like hydrogenated oils) that you might prefer to avoid.  So why not roll your own?  This recipe for homemade Samoas bars comes from Nicole Weston’s The Baking Bites Cookbook, which Kristin gave me for Christmas (thanks, Kristin!).  We tried them last night, and they were (to quote U2) “even better than the real thing.”

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