Christmas Crack AKA Saltine Cracker Toffee

November 1, 2013

Saltine Cracker Toffee – AKA Christmas Crack! Are you ready for the easiest recipe of your life? Seriously this stuff is incredible! Not only is it unbelievably quick and easy to make but it the stuff melts in your mouth! You get the salty, the crunchy, the sweet, the decadent chocolate and then of course your choice of topping.

Christmas Crack Recipe

Christmas Crack Recipe

I did sprinkles and nuts but I was thinking for Fall it would be fun to do half with white chocolate and dried apples to get sort of that caramel apple effect.

However you top them, or even if you just choose to leave them simply covered in chocolate alone, you are going to want to try these soon.

Trust me. As I’m writing this post and talking about them, I can’t stop going back for more, these toffee covered crackers are addictive I tell you.

Maybe you’d be better off not ever knowing how amazing it is :). The other dangerous part about this is that they call for ingredients that you probably always have on hand so you could make them at anytime, any day, every day. Yikes!

See what I mean, things could get crazy. Try this at your own risk!

Spreading melted chocolate across Christmas Crack

Ingredients for Christmas Crack

  • Saltine crackers – saltines are perfect here with they’re square shape and they aren’t greasy.
  • Unsalted butter – don’t use salted, you’ll already get enough salt from the crackers.
  • Brown sugar – light or dark brown sugar will work great here.
  • Chocolate chips – milk chocolate or dark chocolate are both great options.
  • Vanilla – if you don’t have any you could still make these without and end with a delicious treat.
  • Nuts or sprinkles (optional) – just for a nice finish. Not a must.

How do You Make Christmas Crack?

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Align crackers side by side in a single layer along baking sheet, set aside.
    In a saucepan bring butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Once it reaches a boil stop stirring and allow to boil 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla then immediately pour mixture over crackers in an even layer (spread out as needed).
  • Transfer to oven and bake 5 to 6 minutes until bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle top evenly with chocolate chips. Let rest 5 minutes then spread chocolate into a smooth even layer.
  • Sprinkle with nuts or sprinkles if desired.
  • Transfer to freezer and allow to chill 20 minutes or until chocolate has set. Remove from freezer and break or cut into pieces.

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Christmas Crack AKA Saltine Cracker Toffee

5 from 1 vote

One of the easiest treats you'll ever make! Crisp salty crackers are layered with a sweet caramel-like topping and baked. Then it's finished with decadent chocolate and the hardest part is just waiting for it to set. Perfect gift for the holidays!

Servings: 20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 40 saltine crackers (I recommend using Nabisco Saltines with Sea Salt)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (whichever you prefer, milk, semi or bittersweet. I used half milk chocolate half semi-sweet)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chopped , toasted nuts of choice - pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts (optional)*
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. Align crackers side by side in a single layer along baking sheet, set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan combined butter and brown sugar. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once it reaches a boil stop stirring and allow to boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla bean paste then immediately and carefully pour mixture over crackers in an even layer (spread out as needed). Transfer to oven and bake 5 to 6 minutes until bubbly.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle top evenly with chocolate chips. Let rest 5 minutes then spread chocolate into a smooth even layer. Sprinkle with nuts or sprinkles. Transfer to freezer and allow to chill 20 minutes or until chocolate has set. Remove from freezer and break or cut into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
  4. *I just toasted the nuts in a skillet over medium heat several minutes until fragrant and toasted (while the crackers were baking). Toasting them is optional though.
  5. Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes.com
Course: Treat
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Crack, Saltine Cracker Toffee
Author: Jaclyn

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28 Comments

  • CeeCee Voorhees

    Have been making them over 10 yrs. Until I tell people to turn them over, they have NO idea they saltine crackers!!

  • amy

    I made my first batch to the directions, and added salted nuts for ice cream topping.. very good. my second batch I used Ritz and sprinkled with smoked sea salt.. yummy… I am making another batch with coconut and walnuts.. this recipe can be adapted to whatever your love in a sweet snack, thank you for the recipe. BTW this is my first time ever trying it.

  • Chloe

    How essential is the vanilla bean paste? I can’t seem to find it anyway in the Portland area. Would pure vanilla extract suffice?

  • Jocelyn

    These are delicious! Next time I make them I must remember to press the nuts in a bit before the chocolate sets up. I lost a good many nuts off my bars! Also, I think I’ll let some parchment paper overhang the pan edges so that I can lift the bars out for easier cutting.

    Thanks for another terrific recipe.

  • maria

    they look awesome but being in new zealand i’ve never heard of a saltine cracker i will have to see if i can find them

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt

    I love Saltine Toffee! It’s so addictive. Last year a friend gave me the recipe for it and now my life is changed. haha!

  • Maija

    My inlaws have made this for years, but mine never turns out right… Boil for 3 minutes? Do you know what temp it needs to reach? Another cracker recipe they make (to die for) is Ritz crackers with crunchy pnut butter in between, then dunk it in chocolate. Sounds like an odd combo but it comes out tasting like Reese’s with a texture like a Twix. AMAZING!! :-)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I didn’t check the temp, I think as long as you are boiling it on the listed heat temp then it’s not necessary to take the temp. I noticed that some recipes didn’t require boiling for 3 minutes, some of them just said to bring to a boil, but I think boiling it for the 3 minutes definitely will make a difference.