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Crunchy Caramel Pecan Matzo Crack

We dare you to eat just one handful of this Crunchy Caramel Pecan Matzo Crack. It's an addictive twist on the famous Passover treat and we love to eat it as a snack or as a topping for ice cream or berry crisp.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack, Topping
Cuisine: Jewish
Servings (change as needed): 8 (or 16 dessert toppings)
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 4 matzo boards, crushed in small pieces Note 1 (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or other chopped nuts)
  • sea salt for light sprinkle (use less if using salted butter)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional) I give them a rough chop

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.  Line pan with edges (about 9 x 13') with parchment or tin foil. If using tinfoil, spray with oil.  Put crushed matzo in a medium mixing bowl. 
  • MAKE CARAMEL: In a medium saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil on medium heat while stirring. Then boil an additional 3 minutes undisturbed (don't stir). Remove from heat and pour over the matzo in bowl. Add pecans. Stir to coat evenly. 
  • BAKE: Spread caramel matzo mixture on pan in a thin layer. Bake for 10 minutes until golden. If getting too dark, lower heat to 350F or bake for less time. Remove from oven.  
  • ADD CHOCOLATE: Sprinkle chocolate chips over hot mixture on pan and let sit for 2-3 minutes to melt. Sprinkle on sea salt (or kosher salt). Add cranberries if using. Toss mixture together with large spoon to coat evenly. 
  • FINISH: Place in freezer for 10 minutes or until well set. You can also place the mixture in fridge. Transfer to bowl for snacking or use as topping for ice cream or fruit crisp. 

Notes

  1. To crush matzo boards: Break matzo into a couple of pieces to fit into a plastic or ziploc bag. Crush lightly with hands or rolling pin into approximately 1/4 inch pieces. Don't measure the size! (it won't affect the taste). You should end up with about 2 cups. (2 boards/sheets = 1 cup)
  2. Variations to try:
    • Add dried cranberries for a bit of tartness to balance the sweet.
    • Try shredded coconut instead of (or in addition to) the chocolate chips.
    • Leave out the chocolate.
    • Use any chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, macadamia, pistachio, walnuts.
    • If you like a thicker caramel coating, reduce the amount of matzo used e.g. by 1/4 cup.
    • For a non Passover version, substitute any plain thin crackers for the matzo.
  3. To store matzo crack: Place in ziploc bag or sealed container. Keep in freezer for up to 2-3 months. Let it defrost for 5 minutes before serving. It's also fine to keep in fridge for several days. 
 
Nutrition value estimates include the optional cranberries. 
Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg