Christmas Cookies: Caramel Graham Cracker Cookies

by Wendy Copley on December 9, 2008

Caramely Graham Cracker Cookies

I made a batch of Christmas cookies today. I don’t really remember what they are called, so I’ve dubbed them “Caramel Graham Cracker Cookies.” These cookies are awesome. My Mom used to make them every year when I was a kid. They are so delicious and sooooo bad for you. Back in the olden days we thought they were bad for us because they had a lot of butter. Now we think they’re bad for us because they have a lot of margarine in them.

Yes. Margarine.

I buy one package of margarine per year and I use one stick from that one package of margarine and I use it to make these cookies. They’re worth it. Hardened arteries be damned!

Now, you’ll note that I just mentioned butter and margarine there. This recipe calls for both. You can’t just double up one or the other because it doesn’t work.

OK so without further ado, here’s the recipe:

Caramel Graham Cracker Cookies

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 package of graham crackers (this means one of the three packages inside the box — not the entire box)
  • 1 cup nuts — pecans, walnuts, or almonds all work really well

Turn your oven on to 350°. Melt butter, margarine and sugar in a smallish sauce pan. While the butter mixture is melting, cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil (this saves about an hour of clean-up) and break each graham cracker along the perforations into four rectangles. Lay them out flat on the cookie sheet. Don’t get too stressed out if some of the crackers break into funny-shaped pieces.

When the butter mixture has completely melted give it a good stir and combine it thouroughly. Pour the butter mixture over the crackers and spread it out so each of the crackers is completely covered with the caramel. Sprinkle the nuts over the crackers.

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the crackers to a sheet of waxed paper to cool. The crackers will be kind of floppy when you take them off the cookie sheet, but they’ll harden up as they cool. If all the nuts slid off the crackers, as will sometimes happen, just scoop them up and put a few on each cracker while the caramel is still liquid.

Yum! Yum! Don’t eat them all at once. And don’t tell your friends and family how unhealthy they are. It spoils the joy you feel while consuming them.

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