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Caramel Crackers 'n' Nuts

 Caramel Crackers 'n' Nuts
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
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling

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

  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour over
  • cracker mixture; quickly stir until evenly coated.
  • 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.
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.