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Poor Man's Toffee

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“Saltines seem like an unlikely ingredient for toffee, but they work remarkably well.” The perfect recipe for holiday gift giving can be almost anything, as long as it comes from your kitchen – and from the heart. A favorite family recipe is a good place to start. A jar of jam or chutney canned when the fruits were at their peak is always welcome. A simple sugar cookie can look elegant with a dusting of sprinkles, especially if it’s tied up in a small bag with a pretty ribbon. The treats don’t have to be expertly decorated. If you can wield a pastry bag like a pro, that’s perfect. But giving a child a zip-top sandwich bag full of frosting with a snipped corner works just as well. Let them have fun shaking seasonal nonpareils onto the cookies; they’re easy to clean up. Include the recipe on the gift tag if you like, or at the very least, add a note about how your treat should be stored and when it’s best enjoyed. Here are some recipes to help you get started, including a White Chocolate Cranberry Scone from Luna pastry chef Nicholas St. Clair, and a wonderful Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie recipe from Eva Roberts at Just American Desserts


For the toffee:
24 saltine crackers
1 cup sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
cups salted roasted peanuts
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
For the topping:
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp light corn syrup

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