Pine Bark

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
35 squares
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 35 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 (4-ounce) milk chocolate bars, broken into pieces
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a 15 by 10 by 1-inch jelly roll pan with tin foil. Lightly spray foil with a non-stick cooking spray.

Place saltine crackers, salty side up, in prepared pan. In a saucepan, boil butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Pour mixture over crackers and bake for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven, top with candy bars, and spread evenly as chocolate begins to melt. Cool slightly and transfer onto waxed paper. Allow to cool completely.


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Better than the Trisha Yearwood recipe! I miss Paula Dean...her recipes are well thought out and whenever I make her recipes my guests and family love the results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am really into Salted Chocolate goodies. This is an excellent recipe and the only thing I did different was to sprinkle Sea Salt on top of the chocolate....yummmm ...to die for!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make, and I already have neighbor asking me for the recipe- Yummy stuff! I had to hide it from my son so my husband and I could have some. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. Pretty easy to put together and I can see how this can easily be adapted for different flavors with various chocolate chips or other chips that can be melted on top. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this many, many times over the years and my family loves it. We, too, make changes based on the occasion and what we have in the house (the kind of chips we use, the extract or topping, even the kind of crackers. It is a very forgiving recipe as far as candy making goes. Sometimes we rush it and it turns out grainy but the most interesting thing that has happened is when the toffee soaks into the cracker rather than surrounding it. It tastes delicious but I have no idea how to make it happen. Any ideas? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I forgot to add the almond extract but family and friends still raved about this. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so simple., yet soooo good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow...simple and delicious... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried using white chocolate and it was a big fat mess!! But it tasted so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ok I guess I jumped the gun on my previous review and not sure how to remove it...but the second batch that I did, I used half chocolate bars and half bits of brickle...now this is delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, Paula, you clever girl!! THIS RECIPE IS DYNOOOMITE! I use it several times a year. Very rich, very delicious. I've covered the chocolate with all kinds of nuts. I've crushed candy canes and used white chocolate chips, also pretzels with the top of the bark. Its just plain good, everyone AND easy and not expensive to make. You will be the hit of the party when you bring these wonderful treats. They look so good in little clear bags as gifts and they keep for a while in the frigerator in a tight container. MAKE IT, you won't regret it. coco item not reviewed by moderator and published
What an easy and great treat to make for the holidays. Add a little green and red sugar on the top and they are Christmas cookies. These taste super!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time for family and friends - everyone loves it! I didn't have any saltines today but had a craving, so I made it with mini pretzels instead and sprinkled peanut butter chips on top of the chocolate. SOOO good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
With various substitutions this candy is great for seasonal bake sales. Instead of almond, use vanilla or peppermint. Use white chocolate, not milk chocolate or use peanut butter and chocolate chips, etc. Sprinkle red or green sugar on top. Decorate to fit the occasion. Put a few in clear bags and they sell out quickly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best ever!!! This is one of those you can't stop eating no matter what! This first time I tried this receipe I ate almost the whole batch by myself! This is what I make on my free days off from diet. What a treat! Try it you'll fall in love all over again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone always gobbles this candy up. I always make it around the holidays, and it has such simple ingredients...it is one of my families favorites, and makes great gifts, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe, it is ease and tastes like toffee. I have a few personal modifications. I leave out the almond flavoring, personally I think it tastes better without it. I also crush the crackers and mix them in to the butter and brown sugar mixture then scoop it in to the pan and flatten with a rolling pin. This gives a finer , more consistant texture and is more crisp and toffee like if that is what you want. Excellent recipe as it is though, just a personal choice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a crazy addictive recipe. I ate way too much of it when pregnant with my son. It makes a great holiday gift when you sprinkle pecans on the top. It tastes like toffee. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this dessert! It has always been one of my favorites. I read the reviews before I made it, noting that many said there was too much butter and sugar mixture for the saltines. When I made it, I found that 1 sleeve of saltines (about 40-45 crackers) worked perfectly with about 3/4 cup of both the sugar and the butter. I didn't add almond extract, but they were still delicious. I can't stop eating them... item not reviewed by moderator and published
My "family recipe" differs slightly {less butter and sugar} and I think it's perfect, the size of the pan DOES matter for looks, but everyone LOVES IT. PS- it's not supposed to look like saltines; break it up like toffee, more random so no one can guess the base as saltines, and I'm sure graham crackers have thier place, but not here- you need the salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Every year I have a large cookie exchange among my friends. I am definately making this for the exchage this year. It is dangerous delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The simple combination of textures and tastes is really fabulous in this Paula treat! I like a bit less molasses flavor in my caramel, so I used half white and half light brown sugar. Since I use unsalted butter as a rule (fresher than salted) I also added about .5 tsp of salt to the caramel mixture and reversed the cracker direction to salt side down so that you get salt on your tongue when you eat it! Another tip: pre-melt the butter in the microwave in a separate bowl...then add the sugar(s) and salt. Mix until completely combined and then put it in a saucepan and boil for 2 or 3 minutes. This method will almost guarantee that no crystals form on the side of the pan when stirring on the stove. Crystalization can ruin a batch of caramel very quickly- causing it to break and separate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter-in-law made some of this and sent it over to my house. I could not figure out what was in it or how she had made it but it was so good it didn't last long enough for me to inspect very well. Yum!!! Make it and your friends will not be able to figure it out either but....Yum!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom has been making these since I was a little kid and I still love them. We never added the almond flavoring to the butter and sugar, but sometimes she would sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top of half of the pan. Just as good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These bars were a little messy. They were also a bit greasy so I think maybe 3/4 cup of butter would be better. They tasted great, though and are easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, your pine bark is soooo good! Every time I make it, it's gone in a short amount of time. I recommend this recipe to anyone who needs that sweet, salty, and chocolatey treat to endulge! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very easy; excellent treat; my co workersw loved it; Add peanuts to top or crushed cookies; item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is so easy and so good i get complements on it every time i make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so easy and delicious that I am always getting requests to make it. Definately a holiday gift giver. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has been a great hit with everyone from 5 years old and up. Fast, easy and yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
when ever I make them everyone enjoys them so much I give them the recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula you fif it again. This treat was great. I did one tray with chocolate, then I put nuts on one half of the tray. I made another tray using white chocolate doing half and half of plain ande nuts. This was sooooooooo good. Thanks again item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the almond extract in this; what a great extra flavor! I think it would be great with vanilla extract too. I made this batch with a mix of chocolate and butterscotch chips for the topping, and it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is insanely sweet, but oh so good! I didn't have almond flavoring, so I used vanilla. Mine didn't look quite as pretty as the picture, though. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was soo easy and quick to make! After seeing the recipe air i thought wow..I have all those ingredients! Im gonna try that! Less then 10 mnutes later DONE! Everyone at work loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
That pine bark is very good. Keep up the great work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to say I'm not a fan of almond extract like another reviewer so I will leave that out next time and substitute vanilla. I used two Hershey bars for the chocolate and it was great. However, I ended up having to cut mine after they cooled as they wouldn't break apart. What's the trick with that? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE....THIS IS MY FAVORITE COOKIE/DESERT EVER MY GRANDMOTHER MADE THESE FOR ME OVER AND OVER THIS IS A MUST MAKE FOR ANY DAY OF THE WEEK item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a nice idea, but I thought it was too sweet. If I make again I might decrease the amount of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are very easy and great !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is soooo easy - and sooo good. don't forget to spray the foil or it will stick to the caramel. i stirred a bit of peanut butter into butter and brownsugar before i poured it onto crackers - made it even better. paula wins another round!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is Paula Deen at her finest - lots of butter, sugar, and chocolate. These things are like chips - you can't eat jsut one. Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just great. If you use baking chips, you might want to melt most of them if a double boiler frist, then add the rest. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh, my, I don't know where to start...Paula has definitely done it again!! I forgot the almond extract and they were still fabulous. And s-o-o-o-o-o easy! Didn't use all the chocolate (maybe 4 bars) and put in fridge to cool. After reading other reviews, may try other toppings with chocolate, but I'm a bit afraid to mess up a really good thing. Sharing recipe with many. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As easy and as good as it gets!! The only adjustment that I would agree with is to use slightly less chocolate...maybe 1 12oz. bag of chips would be enough. I used 1-1/2 bags of semi sweet chips; and, the chocolate overpowered the taste of the toffee and the saltines. I've had a version made with a thinner layer of chocolate; and, you really get to appreciate all of the flavors. Adding chopped nuts to the topping finishes this sweet treat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ate this at a baby shower and it was sooooo good. I asked for the recipe, and got somewhat of a recipe. Never came out the same. Today I saw Paula make it and got the real recipe. YEA!!!! My friends renamed this Top Shelf Toffee. We all love it and can't stop eating it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These fun and easy candys are so yummy!!! Me and my family just love making them and I think I love breaking them apart as much as my little boys. LOL =) Thank you for coming up with something so great and fun. =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
super easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never seen this episode (how did THAT happen?), but this recipe was recommended to me and I'm so glad I tried it! It's now become my "signature recipe" and a good turnout is always guaranteed if my friend's know I'm making this treat! I use pure vanilla extract instead of the almond and use 20 oz. of good quality milk chocolate and/or vanilla chips instead of the candy bars. I also put some chopped nuts on half the batch. I have been told several times that it tastes just like California Brittle. THANKS, PAULA! I'm trying to catch this episode so I can actually watch you make it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ANOTHER GREAT & EASY RECEIPE FROM PAULA. EVERYONE LOVED IT & I COULDN'T BELIEVE CRACKERS COULD TASTE SO GOOD! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these at Christmas, had to make 3 more batches so all would get some. Will be a MUST annual Christmas cookie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe a couple of times. They taste great, but the caramel is to soft, which makes them messy to eat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for Christmas, making more today for my son, soooooooo good. We keep ours in the fridge. Simple recipe, used club crackers first time, trying the saltines today. Taste like a HEATH BAR if kept in the fridge, not chewy, nice and firm. Yum ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookie-bars taste a lot better than they look. Very easy but probably wont make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe about 3 years ago and loved it, but had to bring the leftovers to work because I was afraid I would eat them all. I made it again this Christmas and loved the balance of salty and sweet. The caramel taste was just delicious. I let them cool and separated them, much easier to eat. One of my favorites and sooo easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Out of all of the Christmas cookies I made this holiday, these were my favorite. So incrediby easy and rich, and I love the crackers in them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make. For Christmas I used red and green chocolate chips, separated them into their respective colors, for a festive look. very tasty, little hard on the teeth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great last minute, too tired to do much of anything, but I'm not bringing anyhing storebought to the party recipe. They were fast and easy to make - no skill required. Just use real butter, and follow the directions. I boiled the butter and sugar mixture for 3 minutes, and baked the crackers for 4 minutes. Next time I'll put chopped toasted almonds on top. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so yummy....to die for. Best part is it's easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! We are addicted! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took this to a potluck and everyone started eating it BEFORE the entree'...it was a huge hit, and east to make too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and fast. When I make this recipe it barely lasts a day. It is delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love to make these for gifts for people...easy and yummy. My only problem is that they aren't so easy to get really nice a pretty, but that doesn't matter once you take the first bite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These menacing little pieces look very pedestrain when you see the saltines, but boy are thy addicting! I only can make them once a year as I CAN NOT stay out of them once they are around-sinfully good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is now one of my all-time favorite snacks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make, salty, crunchy, creamy, and sweet all at once. Perfect for gift baskets or to put in a tin for holiday gift-giving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicious! It is by no means fancy or gourmet, but it a wonderfully naughty little treat. I used a 23oz bag of milk chocolate chips rather than 20oz of bars, and I think next time I'd err on the side of less chocolate rather than more. Although the chips melted very easily, it is still hard to spread them perfectly even. The pieces with more chocolate were much harder to bite when refrigerated and masked the salty sweetness of the toffee covered crackers. Just my opinion. Definitely try these. They are a cinch to make and so delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these four times and each time they are a great success and people don't believe what they're made of. Each time they get easier to make. This is not a recipe for a beginner no matter how easy it looks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was so easy to make the home made caramel...the sweet and salty flavors were so satisfying! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing how these can be so easy and so tasty. Everyone loved them. A cross between a Heath bar & a twix candy bar. How can you miss? Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such an amazing treat! Easy to make and eat. It's good right out of the oven or days later, although it's not usually around for days. My friends and I make it and eat it in about 2 days. It's delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe for pine bark is delicious and decadent! Every time I make it, my friends and family rave about it. And it's so easy to whip up with just a few ingredients. Try it- it's a real crowd pleaser!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these with my 9 year old. It's so simple, she could do it by herself! I used a mixture of milk, semi and bittersweet chocolate chips - what a taste explosion! Gonna make them with graham crackers next time. Maybe use some white chocolate - no wait - how about some miniature marshmallows? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for the family when they came to visit and none of us could wait till it cooled to dig in. It was gone in less than 10 minutes and it was so easy to make and so easy to clean up. I'd say this was just as easy, if not easier, than rice krispy treats. I know they didn't last as long as the rice krispies usually do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Monday, is Family Fun Day at our house. My husband and I along with our three preschoolers got in the kitchen a couple of Monday's ago and fixed Pine Bark. It was such fun to make, and even more fun to eat. We melted our chocolate in the microwave, and then poured it over our crackers. I think the next time we make this, we might try using a bag of chocolate chips. Thank you, Paula, for another wonderful recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect blend of salt and sweet. It also goes well with a cold rainy afternoon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so, so, so, good! I love salty and sweet and this really hit the spot. I think I should have boiled my carmel a little longer because it was grany but the flavor was wonderful. This would be a great girls night or holiday candy. I also thougth the crackers would be a little wierd but they were great. Definatly worth a try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am enjoying these tasty treats, however, the first batch I made stuck to the wax paper even though I sprayed it thoroughly. The 2 batch I made yesterday, I put those crackers right on the pan after I soaked it in evoo. NOW we are enjoying the snack instead of trying to peel paper off of them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
patricia from miami item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and family are very picky about food, especially dessert. EVERYONE LOVED THIS ONE!!! My husband says he wants this served at all upcoming family functions. I followed the recipe, except I used vanilla rather than almond extract. When I was finished melting the chocolate, I sprinkled the top with chopped pecans. It added a nicer presentation. THANK YOU PAULA! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very pleased to find this recipe. My husband and I had gotton a bunch of cookies at chirstmas and this was one of them. Needless to say it was his favorite. Now that I know how to make them he will not have to wait until next christmas! Also, I was very happy that the recipe is very easy and quick! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hard to beleive something soooo good can be so simple to make. Everyone I have shared them with want the receipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
This couldn't be easier to make and the result is attractive and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
AFTER RECENTLY INJURING MY BACK AND AWAITING SURGERY, ONE CAN IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF EXTRA TIME I HAVE ON MY HANDS - HOWEVER I CAN ONLY BE ON MY FEET FOR NO LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES TOPS. LIKE PAULA, I AM A SUCKER FOR SALTY / SWEET SNACKS AND THE IDEA OF USING SALTINES INTRIGUED ME, SO I PHONED MY PARTNER JOE AND WORK AND TOLD HIM WHAT TO PICK UP ON HIS WAY HOME FROM WORK. ONCE AGAIN PAULA CAME THROUGH WITH YET ANOTHER TOP-NOTCH RECIPE. THE QUICK PREP / COOKING TIME ALLOWED ME TO MAKE NOT ONE, BUT TWO BATCHES WITHIN HALF AN HOUR. I HAVE SOMEONE FROM MY OFFICE PICKING THEM UP TOMORROW MORNING SO THAT I COULD SAY THANKS TO ALL THE FOLKS WHO HAVE HELPED ME AND MY SPIRITS DURING THIS ROUGH PERIOD. DEFINATELY ONE RECIPE THAT WILL BE USED AGAIN AND AGAIN. item not reviewed by moderator and published
How easy can you make something that tastes so good. You get the sweet and salty that so many of us love. Made this and took it to work - it's a winner - as always. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am hooked!! This soooo easy and sooo good!!! yummy yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula Deens pine bark recipe was great. My husband and I both loved it. I topped mine with milk chocolate chips and on top of that added a sprinkle of additional brown sugar. This is for sure an EASY family favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fast and easy way to a sugar fix!! Very sweet. but VERY GOOD!!! A must try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are great to do with my grandkids and they love them thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My granddaughter and I made these shortly after we watched Paula's show. they we quick and easy and wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, Fast and good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and buttery. This is definitely a treat you should only have once in a while but man is it good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
sooooo easy to make! and soooooo YUMMY! this summer, i subleased at a small apt complex where 85% of the residents were my friends. i made this a gazillion times because my friends and i just couldn't stop eating it. i didn't have any almond extract, but it still tasted soooo good. i personally like it best after i've chilled them a little bit. yay for Paula and her Pine Bark!! =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have yet to be disappointed by any of Paula's recipes. This was super easy and SO yummy! We made them as Christmas gifts for neighbors. Everyone loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! Way too much sugar! Use 1/2 the butter and sugar the recipie calls for, or you will end up with sugar soaked crackers. Yuck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am the star of the get-together when I bring this!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has to be one of the easiest and tasty treats to make.I've taken it as a treat for luncheons at work and it was a big hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula does it again! The family just loves when I make it. A definite keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is probably the easiest, most addictive chocolate dessert ever! my strengths do not include baking, but this was just too easy! once i got the basics right, i began to get creative- adding different flavors, experimenting with different chocolates, and topping the "bark" with different toppings. one of my all-time favorites! thanks, paula :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Right from the lady's mouth,"The best you ever put in your mouth!" These are so good, that this year I'm making these as Christmas "goodies" to send to my out-of-state friends. Thank you Paula!-We love you and your show! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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