So, I don’t know who this Linda character is, but I sure love her Caramel Ritz Bits Crackers.
Well, wait. I lied. I suppose Linda is likely one of the authors of The Potluck Club Cookbook, is the source for this tasty treat. Found at my local library, this cookbook was a fun little book to peruse. I definitely photocopied more than a few recipes to try and this was the first gem of the bunch.
I have to admit though, when I first pulled these treats out of the oven, I had my doubts. It kind of looked like gloppy cereal. But a few minutes to cool and a quick bite popped in my mouth a minute later, I swiftly apologized to Linda because I was fully convinced that these. are. awesome. Just as she said in her book.
Of course, why wouldn’t they be??!
Crunchy crackers, flavorful nuts, and a thick, rich caramel glaze… what’s not to love?
I made these for a church event and they were gone fast–much to my relief. I guess others were not swayed by their looks but embraced their sweet, crunchy, crispy flavor. These are the perfect easy dessert for a potluck or a road trip/lunch box snack. Just a warning though: they are addicting!
Linda's Caramel Ritz Bits Crackers
from The Potluck Club Cookbook
- 2 – 9 ounce boxes of Ritz Bits Crackers [either filled or the Buttery Pretzel Rounds Munchables, which I used]
- 1 cup chopped walnuts [or dry roasted peanuts]
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a large, shallow, greased baking pan, mix crackers and nuts. Then, in a saucepan, melt butter. Add sugar and syrup and bring to a boil. Cook for five minutes, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda.
Immediately pour mixture over crackers and stir well. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon out onto wax paper to cool. Break apart and store in air tight container.