Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Toffee and Graham Cracker Houses

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With it being mid-November already, I am starting to get into the holiday spirit.  Now that  I have kids, the holidays have become even more special.  We love baking for the holidays and making fun food.  I always love to give away food as gifts, especially to the teachers at my son’s school.  I like to make something that he can help me with so he felt like he contributed to his teacher’s gifts.  I am always looking for easy baking ideas to make for gifts around the holidays.
 
Another one of my favorite things to do around the holidays is make gingerbread houses.  We made one with my son last year and he spent the entire time eating all of the candy instead of using it to decorate the house.  When we decided to make gingerbread houses this year, I decided that I was not using candy, because I did not want my son to eat it all.  We were recently talking about making gingerbread houses and my son was so excited that we decided to make them last weekend.  We figured we could always make them again as it got closer to the holidays.  I decided to head to Walmart to pick up stuff to make gingerbread houses and get ideas for holidays gifts.
 
 
As I was walking in the cookie aisle of Walmart, I got the idea to make toffee for holiday gifts using graham crackers. I also decided to use the graham crackers to build a gingerbread house.  I thought that this would be a great alternative to using gingerbread.  I grabbed a couple of boxes of Honey Maid  graham crackers and headed to the peanut butter aisle to grab some Skippy Peanut Butter to act as a glue for the graham cracker houses instead of frosting.  I was also planning on adding some peanut butter to my toffee.  I also picked up some dried fruit and nuts to decorate our graham cracker houses.
 
 
My husband, son, and I had so much fun making the graham cracker houses.  I thought they worked really well with the Honey Maid graham crackers and Skippy peanut butter glue.  It also uses ingredients that we have always have around the house, so it makes it easier.  My son had so much fun decorating them and he was snacking on the ingredients the entire time.  However, since it was made with graham crackers, peanut butter, and other non-candy ingredients, I didn’t mind if he was snacking.  We had so much fun making the graham cracker houses and this is a really easy and fun alternative to gingerbread houses that we plan on doing again.
 
We let my son help to decorate this house so it doesn’t look perfect, but we had a lot of fun doing it.  We decorated it with a banana chip roof, Chex windows, and a pretzel door.  We also used almonds, dried mango, raisins, and dried cranberries for decorations.  I really love the idea of not using candy for the gingerbread house, so this is really a great holiday house to make with your children.
 
Back to my toffee for holiday gift giving, I decided to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Toffee.  This toffee is so delicious and I really love the combination of the graham crackers with the toffee, peanut butter, and chocolate.  This was so addicting, I had trouble getting myself to stop eating it.  It also make a good bit, so this is a really easy gift idea.  Also my son was able to help me make the toffee by helping to spread out the chocolate and peanut butter and he helped to sprinkle the peanuts on top.
 
This delicious toffee starts off with a layer of Honey Maid graham crackers, followed by a layer of toffee, then a layer of melted peanut butter, a layer of chocolate and to top it all off, peanuts sprinkled on the top.  This was devoured at my house and I can’t wait to make it again to give as gifts around the holidays, I’m sure it will be a big hit!
 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Toffee
Honey Maid graham cracker sheets (I used 12 sheets)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/3 cup Skippy peanut butter, melted
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanuts, crushed

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Line the graham cracker sheets on a greased cookie sheet.
3.  In a medium sized saucepan bring the brown sugar and butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Once it begins to boil, leave it alone and do not stir for 3 minutes.  Pour the mixture evenly on top of the graham crackers.  Bake for 5 minutes.
4.  Remove from the oven and pour the melted peanut butter on top of the toffee, spreading it evenly across the top.
5.  Evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.  Bake for 1 minute.  Then spread the chocolate out into one even layer. Top with the crushed peanuts.
6.  Refrigerate the toffee for 2 hours or put in the freezer for 1 hour.  Once the toffee is set, cut into pieces. I found it easier to get it off the cookie sheet first, then cut into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

Graham Cracker Houses
Honey Maid graham crackers
Skippy peanut butter
Various non-candy decorations
*Decoration ideas: banana chips, dried fruit, raisins, cereal, nuts, pretzels

1.  Cover a piece of cardboard with foil or parchment paper to use as your base.
2.  Spoon the peanut butter into a plastic sandwich bag and cut a hole at the end, so that you can pipe your glue onto the graham crackers.
3. Use four graham crackers to build your walls.  I used a full sheet for the sides and a half sheet for the front.  I then stuck another half sheet inside for support. Use the peanut butter to “glue” the walls together.
4.  Using a knife, saw a half of a graham cracker in half again to form two triangles.  Use the triangles on top of the front and back to support the roof, attaching with the peanut butter.
5.  Use two full graham crackers to build your roof, attaching with the peanut butter.
6.  Using the peanut butter, add decorations to the house.

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Comments

  1. That looks delish!! I love the flavor combo!

  2. I LOVE this fudge and I love that little gingerbread house. So cute, Alyssa!

  3. That toffee looks delicious Alyssa, and those houses are too cute!!

  4. The house looks adorable!! Your son must have had such a great time :) Love that you made them with Honey Maid crackers – can’t wait to try making one too! The toffee looks amazing

  5. I love sweet parents like you who give me homemade treats :) Thanks for thinking of your little one’s teachers. How cute are those graham cracker houses, too?!

  6. This sounds delicious – and I love the little house too. So fun!!

  7. This toffee sound so wonderful, and not nearly as difficult as I would think it would be. Heading over to share it on G+ and Pin it!

  8. Oh my goodness, Alyssa! This toffee looks to die for! :) Definitely add this one to my must-make holiday list.

  9. Love love love this, wish I had a plateful now. Great idea of gifting too!

  10. I love the looks of this toffee – toffee is one of my favorite holiday candies!

  11. so cute, I love those little houses, this toffee looks delicious Alyssa!

  12. Stumbled across this recipe earlier and decided to give it a try for a Christmas party… it was a HUGE hit. Thank you for sharing.

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