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Thursday
Jun162011

Salt River Bars

We are all about no-bake this week. 

In fact, ovens are for dorks. Not that it's really that hot this week (we obvy had to mention weather since it's kinda our thang) but we've decided only dorks are using their ovens this week. And we are not dorks.

(Well, yes. That is debatable. But that is also a conversation for another post or 6 million.)

In the meantime, until Friday or so when we decide we want brownies or chocolate chunk cookies (oooo, cookies), this week we are declaring ovens totally out.

Rather, we're following in the footsteps of the totally cool and totally in Bakergirl (hi, Bakergirl, we think you're fab) and making these Salt River Bars. 

What is a Salt River Bar, you ask?

Beats the pants off of us. 

Yes, we just said that. No one has said that since 1956. Whatever. But, it's true. We really have no idea what a Salt River Bar is....We believed Bakergirl when she said these were awesome. 

And, she did not lie. These things are incredible. They are salty, carmel-y, peanut-butter-dream-bars-only-with-chocolate-too. Crunchy. Um, EASY to make. DELICIOUS.

What did we tell you? Ovens are totally out. For the dorks.

Salt River Bars
Makes 16 squares
Adapted from Bakergirl 

Print Recipe

1 box Club Crackers (actually, about 1 1/5 sleeves of Club crackers)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup-ish peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
coarse sea salt

Line 8 x 8" glass or metal baking pan with foil so that it's hanging over the edges of the pan. Lightly spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray or grease lightly with vegetable oil or butter.

Place 15 Club crackers in the bottom of the pan (5 rows of 3) and sprinkle 1/3 cup of the peanut butter chips over the crackers (if a few more chips make their way into the pan, that's fine by us). 

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted, bubbly around the edges, smooth and creamy (about 5 minutes). Pour 1/3 of this mixture over the crackers and peanut butter chips as evenly as possible. Then, add another layer of crackers, peanut butter chips and caramel on top. Then, another layer and then finish with a layer of crackers.

Finally, melt the chocolate chips (again, we like to be generous with these chip measurements) in a bowl in the microwave with the vegetable oil, stirring in 30 second increments until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. This will happen sooner than you think because the residual heat will melt chips that may not look melted. Anyhoo...spread this chocolate over the final cracker layer evenly. Allow the chocolate to cool ever-so-slightly then sprinkle the top with coarse sea salt.

Place the pan in the fridge to let the chocolate start to set. After about 30 minutes, remove from the fridge and lightly cut through the chocolate to give you guidelines for where to cut later (and to make it easier to get through the hardened chocolate). Put the bars back in the fridge and allow to cool completely. Then, when cool, remove the foil and bars from the pan and cut completely through.

We stored these bars in the fridge as well. Just an FYI. To keep the chocolate hard in the hot kitchen.

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Reader Comments (32)

I just found your blog and I love it. I also love this recipe- salty and sweet is my favorite!

These look incredible! and yay for no ovens :) some days, it's just too hot to turn it on.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Looks fab ladies!

I love sweet & salty desserts! I've made something similar but I'm loving all your layers! Looks awesome!!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea @ Vegvacious

I want these right now! You are my no-bake favorites right now:-)

mmm looks wonderful! kind of like cracker toffee!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwhat katie's baking

Just bookmarked this! These look AMAZING.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarly

"Ovens are for dorks." Hilarious! You ladies kill me. ;)

These bars look just delish! Another great post!

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

These look delicious! I want one now. Forget dinner! Just found your blog! hope you'll visit mine

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWell Dressed Cupcakes

I am pregnant and when I saw this post at around 9:30 tonight, I immediately got up and made some! I tweaked it a little because of what I had on hand. I made a 1.5 cracker layer (so 1 and a half crackers long) and 3 layers high (including the chocolate layer), so pretty much the size of a candy bar :] I used butterscotch chips instead because thats what I had but OH MY GOSH they were so good! I even made my caramel in the microwave :D Last but not least I used 3 hershey miniatures melted as my chocolate layer. The caramel hardened almost instantly and all I had to wait for was for the chocolate to firm up, so I put it in the freezer for a few minutes. I already ate most of it, haha! Thanks for the recipe!

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

We just made these-soooooo yummy! We doubled the recipe and made a large pan. :) Thanks for the recipe.

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuby and co.

Gosh no oven needed? That's like music to my ears! And I love peanut butter and chocolate... ah.. you hit my soft spot! I am so gonna try this out during the weekend :) Hopefully I can get peanut butter chips here!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteriamthewitch

Bookmarked! I'm gonna try these!!!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandi

You are KIDDING me!?! Salt AND Chocolate?! Looking forward to making these! Thanks for sharing!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

How good do these look. Can't wait to make them! Salty and sweet, my favorite combo!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama's Gotta Bake

Oh yum these look so insanely good. Most times, it's the easiest things that turn out to the best :)

OH MY WOW! These look INCREDIBLE! I adore salty + sweet and of course, adding chocolate just makes everything perfect. We can't get peanut butter chips here in Saudi Arabia, so I will experiment with dollops of peanut butter from the jar. Honestly, with such an awesome recipe I don't see how I could go wrong. I can't wait to eat these!

These were delicious and a big hit over 4th of July. Think I would melt the chips next time instead of sprinkling them on the crackers. Taste still was awesome but bars would be neater looking. (Don't see PB chips in your pics of the finished cut bars, so maybe they were melted for those?) Either way, people loved them! Thanks!

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I made these for a bachelorette party beach trip - we were literally fighting over the last pieces. So freaking good and easy! No one could believe there were only 6 ingredients (I left out the vegetable oil). Amazing!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oh my goodness, these look SO yummy! I definitely have to try these out!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

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