With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I thought we would mix things up and try something a little different. I’ll be the first to admit that while we love food we don't cook that often because we prefer eating out at restaurants. We do enjoy the process so every once in a while we find ourselves in the kitchen. Since everyone is so busy, we thought we’d share a very simple and quick recipe for a sweet treat called Irish Gold’s.
The recipe goes back a long time and actually came from the mother of a friend of my wife’s. While I never had the pleasure of sampling her culinary delights, I understand that she is a wiz at baking. My wife enjoyed many of her delicious treats over the years and thought it was high time to share with the rest of the world. Irish Gold’s seemed like a good place to start. These are small cookies that look like coins and when you put a bunch of them together they look like, no kidding a pot of gold!
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers will make 14 Irish Gold’s
1 box of plain Ritz crackers
1 jar of creamy peanut butter (We use Jiff)
1 package of Nestle butterscotch morsels
Lay out 1 row of Ritz crackers (as many as you want) on parchment paper and coat each one with a dollop of peanut butter. With the remaining Ritz crackers, place one on top of each of the Ritz crackers that have been topped with peanut butter making a cookie sandwich.
Put the morsels in a microwave safe bowl and heat on High until melted (usually between 1 to 1.5 minutes) checking frequently and stirring to ensure that they don't burn. If the morsels are too thick add a drop of vegetable oil to make it a smooth liquid consistency.
Once melted, you need to do this next step quickly as the butterscotch mixture will harden fast. Put cookies into melted butterscotch mixture and coat completely on all sides. If the mixture hardens too much heat up in the microwave again. Place each one on the parchment paper until they harden up and so they won't stick.
Now, sit back, relax and enjoy your Irish Gold’s.