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Caramel Crackers 'n' Nuts Recipe

Caramel Crackers 'n' Nuts Recipe

Here is a favorite snack of mine that I find addictive. I love to give them as gifts during the holidays in gift wrapped covered coffee cans with a plastic bag lining the inside.—Betty B. Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (6.6 ounces each) miniature cheddar cheese fish-shaped crackers
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large greased bowl, combine crackers and peanuts; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage), stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Remove from the heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour over cracker mixture; quickly stir until evenly coated.
  • 3. Transfer to two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool; break apart. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 3 quarts.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 196 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.