Note: I did not make up the name of this dessert. We’ll leave him/her anonymous.
But it’s a pretty accurate description. They are the perfect combination of salty and sweet and the layers make for great texture.
These take about 10 minutes to throw together, and then you just stick them in the freezer and wait (not my strong suit) while you sit on your behind (this, I’m good at).
No baking required!
When I was foodgawking the other day I came across the recipe for “crunchers” which apparently are all the rage on Pinterest these days. I’ve given up on Pinterest. I feel like I don’t fit in unless I post a picture of my abs, or a bunch of pictures of clothes I could never afford. Really it’s just depressing.
But this particular blogger was all about the Crunchers. I didn’t like the name because it simply reminds me that after mindlessly eating 8 of them I’ll have to do more crunches. And subsequently not photograph my non 6-pack and not put it on Pinterest. Am I making sense?
I took the graham cracker crumb layer from the original recipe, and made the rest my own. I also only did one layer of everything because I was being impatient, but if you wanted to go crazy you could easily double the recipe and do two layers. You probably have all the ingredients in your house already, so make some room in your freezer.
20-25 Ritz crackers
1 cup graham cracker crumbs, finely crushed
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbs white sugar
1/4 cup milk
big handful of pretzels
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Line an 8×8 baking dish with aluminum foil. Layer the Ritz crackers in the bottom; they should slightly overlap but some gaps in between are okay.
Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, both sugars, and milk over low heat in a saucepan. Once they are combined and starting to bubble at the edges, remove from heat. Pour over the Ritz cracker layer and spread evenly.
Press pretzels into the graham cracker layer. Again, they can overlap a little but gaps are fine.
In the same saucepan (just for the sake of less dishes) combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir over low heat until combined and sauce-like. DON’T do this in the microwave- the chocolate can seize really easily and it’s a gigantic waste. Or a snack while you’re waiting for the real dessert to freeze. You decide.
Spread the chocolate layer evenly over the pretzels, then place in the freezer for at least an hour to set up. If these are chilled long enough they cut into bars very nicely.
If you only wait a half hour, you eat an entire row while they fall apart and you sit on the couch feeling nauseous watching the Emmys.
By the way, as an avid watcher of both Modern Family and Homeland, I felt like a real winner after Sunday.
I need to get a life.