Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Turtle Graham Bars

Growing up one of my sisters made a simpler version of these graham bars. As I recall they were a layer of grahams, a layer of melted butter, and topped with a layer of melted chocolate. And I really only remember her making them around this time of year. Sadly, I don't remember what we called these tasty treats, but I do remember enjoying each bite that I was able to lay my hands on and get my mouth around. (Keep in mind that I grew up in a family with 8 children, so you had to be quick in getting to the treats before they disappeared).

Anyways, as time has passed I had forgotten about those early graham treats. But to my delight I came across this more mature, more layered, more delicious version of those early graham treats my sister used to make. So may I present for your tasting pleasure these wonderful and easy to make Turtle Graham Bars.

Turtle Graham Bars
Recipe by Claire Robinson
Pictures by Caroline

Approximately 14 graham crackers (if each graham cracker is 5" x 2.5")
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
Kosher salt, to taste
12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped *Use good quality chocolate, very important

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.
3. Put the butter, brown sugar, pecans, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour the butter mixture evenly over the graham crackers and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside.
4. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl placed over simmering water. Pour the chocolate over the toffee-covered graham crackers and spread evenly. (If desired, sprinkle flaky sea salt over the dark chocolate layer.) Chill completely in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars.


Rebekah said...

These totally remind me of our childhood. Was is Mary that always made them?

two little chefs said...

Rebekah, Yes it was Mary that made them. I don't remember what she called them, I guess I ought to ask her.

Jessie said...

I remember Mary's sugar cookies and caramel corn, but I don't recall these. You must have eaten them all while I was sleeping.

Chris said...

I don't care for nuts, so we didn't put them on the bars. These were so easy and delicious. This recipe makes plenty to share and everybody has complimented them. The salt was a nice touch, adding just the right contrast.

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