Keebler Cracker Bars
There are two things I am most grateful for when it comes to my mother-in-law. One is giving birth to, and raising, the best man I ever met. The second? These bars. If there ever was a recipe that she is known for, this is it. This is no ordinary bar, my friend! For whatever reason, the combination of flavors makes for a very addictive dessert. They are my mother-in-laws default recipe and have become one of mine as well. In fact, I bring over a pan every time a certain good friend of mine has a baby-she had number 3 last week! Years ago, when she had just come home with her first child, I wanted to give her something extra special to look forward to during those midnight feedings and it kind of became a tradition. You can bet I will be there with pan #4 if they have any more little munchkins!
So, as I was saying, these bars are good; I was a little shocked when I realized on my one year mark that I hadn’t told you about them! Bring them to a potluck or the office and you will make friends. Maybe even score a marriage proposal or two. They don’t require any baking and the crust is made up of butter crackers. How bad can that be? An absolutely essential recipe to have in your culinary arsenal. If you come visit me, I will make you a batch. No baby required. Keebler Cracker Bars
1 stick (1/2 c) butter
1/4 c milk
1/2 c sugar
2/3 c brown sugar
1 c graham cracker crumbs
Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the butter melts and starts to bubble. While you wait for this, line a 9X13 pan with Keebler Club Crackers, breaking them to fit in necessary. When the filling comes to a boil, immediately set a timer for 5 minutes and stir constantly. You just want it to boil, not blow up. Lower the heat a bit if you need to but keep it at a boil. When five minutes is up, immediately pour over pan lined with crackers and spread evenly. Top with another layer crackers and set pan aside to cool to room temp. When it is cool, make the frosting.
2/3 c creamy peanut butter-for some reason, JIF tastes the best in this recipe
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/2 c butterscotch chips
Melt all ingredients in a glass bowl in the microwave, in 30 second intervals. Stir in between. If only a lump or two remain, don’t heat it again or it could scorch. Just stir it until smooth. Spread over cooled bars, cut, and serve. These are best when kept in the fridge, but it isn’t mandatory. They will last for several days.