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HOLIDAY BAKING WEEK: MARIA'S CHRISTMAS BARK

Give the gift of sweetness this season by cooking up some of these fabulous treats. We'll start Holiday Baking Week with one of our favorites -- an easy sweet and salty treat.

INGREDIENTS

1 sleeve saltine crackers

2 sticks butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 bag chocolate chips

Chopped pecans

Parchment paper

DIRECTIONS

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Line up saltines in even rows in one layer, 5 crackers per row.

Melt butter and brown sugar in saucepan.

Cook for three minutes until bubbling, stirring constantly.

Cover crackers with hot mixture, making sure all crackers are covered.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 13 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Put the pan back in the over for 1-2 minutes for chips to melt.

Spread melted chocolate chips over the crackers.

Sprinkle chopped pecans over the chocolate-covered crackers.

Refrigerate until the chocolate is set.

Break into small pieces.

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