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I have quite the sweet tooth. When I want something sweet, I LOVE salty and sweet combined in one delicious dessert.  Saltine Cracker Toffee is quick and easy to make but tastes like it took all day to create.

Close up image of Saltine Cracker toffee.
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This Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe is delicious and SO easy to make!

Normally toffee making requires a candy thermometer, precision timing and a lot of instructions to follow. But not this saltine toffee crack recipe. These easy steps will have you enjoying this Christmas Recipe with very little prep time.

If you love this toffee recipe, you may also love this Pretzel Toffee Recipe.

What is Christmas Crack?

Occasionally you will hear about Christmas Crack Recipes. Christmas Crack is where the saltine cracker is covered in brown sugar and melted butter. The you bake it so it will turn into caramel.

The saltine cracker melts into the caramel making it the best sweet and salty treat. You can then top with chocolate for an amazing dessert.

Ingredients

Close up image of ingredients needed for saltine cracker toffee.

You only need 5 ingredients to create this cracker candy recipe. All the ingredients are simple and easy to find at your favorite grocery store.  

  • Saltine Crackers (just over a sleeve)
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Pecans (optional topping)

Variations and Substitutions:

  • Sugar – The toppings is the easiest way to switch up this recipe.  You can also make saltine cracker candy with white sugar instead of brown sugar if you’re currently all out. I prefer the brown sugar but white sugar works great too.
  • Peanut Butter – In addition, you can create saltine cracker candy with peanut butter. Just by adding peanut butter chips on top of the chocolate layer.  Allow these to melt for a few minutes and then swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate layer.
  • Sea Salt – I love to add a sprinkle of sea salt for added flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips – Feel free to change up the chocolate chips by using dark chocolate chips.
  • Pretzels – Add chopped pretzels instead of pecans for a delicious variation.

Step by Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 F so that you can create this toffee recipe.
  • Step 2 – Then line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper as it helps with clean up. You will then break up the toffee up once it’s done. So you definitely don’t want to skip this step.
  • Step 3 – Then line the crackers in a single layer at the bottom of the pan.
Close up image of crackers on a cookie sheet.

Create Toffee Layer:

  • Step 1 – To do this in a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Once melted, add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Then bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes.
Close up image of the butter mixture being over saltine cracker.
  • Step 2 – Remove the pan from heat and pour the bubbly mixture over the crackers.
Close up image of saltine cracker toffee in process.
  • Step 3 – Then place the pan in oven for 4-5 minutes, or just until edges of brown sugar mixture gets bubbly.
  • Step 4 – Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crackers.  Allow the chips to sit for 5 minutes to melt the chocolate.
  • Step 5 – You don’t have to put the pan back in the oven.  The heat from the crackers will melt the chocolate.
Close up image saltine cracker toffee sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  • Step 6 – After this time, use a butter knife or spatula to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the crackers.
Close up image of saltine cracker toffee in the process with chocolate chips on top spatula spreading the chocolate.
  • Step 7 – Then immediately top with chopped nuts (I used pecans) over the melted chocolate.
Close up image of saltine cracker toffee topped with chocolate.
  • Step 8 – I only sprinkled about have on my saltine cracker toffee with pecans. Some people in my family don’t care for nuts.  This way everyone gets to enjoy some of this delicious saltine cracker toffee.
Close up image of saltine cracker toffee with chocolate on top with half of being topped with nuts.
  • Step 9 – Next place the pan in the refrigerator until the toffee hardens.  Once it hardens, remove the pan and carefully lift the cracker toffee out of the pan. You want to make sure it cools completely.
  • Step 10 – Don’t worry if you break it as that’s the next step anyway.
Close up image of saltine cracker toffee in the process of being broken up.
  • Step 11 – Then break up piece of the toffee.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  I love having the different sizes to serve to my friends and family at Christmas time. I love that this recipe can be made in about 15 minutes.

Recipe Tips:

  • Baking Sheet – Make sure to use a baking sheet as long as it has sides. You don’t want your “stuff” pouring off the edges of the cookie sheet.  Cover the baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Toffee Mixture – Make sure to cover all crackers completely with the toffee mixture.  Use a knife to spread the butter and brown sugar mixture over the crackers.
  • Breaking Pieces – After toffee has time to chill in the fridge, it is ready to break into pieces. They do not need to be perfect and can be small and large pieces.
Close up image of saltine cracker toffee being broken into pieces.

Fun Toppings Ideas for Saltine Cracker Candy:

Generally I top this saltine cracker toffee with chopped nuts but you can use your favorite chopped up candy as well. 

  • M&Ms
  • Heath Bar
  • Butterfinger

In addition, you can use any type of sprinkles to make this dessert recipe festive and perfect for any holiday. Use your favorite candy or sweet treat topping to make this toffee recipe your favorite this holiday season.

Also, I have melted white chocolate before and drizzled it over the top.  I loved the way it tasted and I especially love how it looked.

Close up image of saltine cracker toffee.

How to Store:

These saltine cracker toffee are easy to store. Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

These taste great when they are cold.

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Saltine Cracker Toffee

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This Saltine Cracker Toffee is easy to make and sometimes called Christmas crack. This Saltine Cracker Toffee recipe is a favorite and is perfect for the holidays.  Everyone will devour this toffee recipe!



Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 40
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 128

Ingredients

  • 40 Saltine Crackers (just over a sleeve)
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 11.5- oz package Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line a jelly roll pan with foil. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Fill the bottom of the cookie sheet with crackers. Set the pan aside.
  • In a sauce pan melt the butter over low-medium heat. Add brown sugar once butter is completely melted and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes.
  • Immediately remove from heat and pour bubbly mixture over crackers covering the crackers completely.
  • Place pan in the oven for 4-5 minutes, or just until edges of brown sugar mixture gets bubbly.
  • Remove pan from oven and immediately and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the crackers.
  • Allow the crackers to sit for 5 minutes to melt the chocolate. Then use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate over the cracker layer.
  • Sprinkle chopped pecans or your favorite topping over the melted chocolate (optional).
  • Place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the toffee to harden.
  • Then remove the toffee from the pan and break it apart. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This Saltine Cracker Toffee is incredibly easy! It would be a great recipe to make in large batches so you can easily make enough for your Christmas Cookie Exchange.

Nutrition Facts

Serving 40g, Calories 128kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 13mg, Sodium 78mg, Potassium 19mg, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 160IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 18mg, Iron 0.3mg

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  1. Great with white chocolate chips as well. Then I melt the milk chocolate and drizzle in on the top when it’s finished – SO GOOD!

  2. You don’t get coating in the back – the mixture soaks through the crackers as it bakes and it all becomes one piece, if that makes sense. 🙂

  3. You list and mention butter repeatedly for the recipe, yet you show using
    Imperial margarine in the photo. Butter and margarine are NOT the same.
    Which do you use/recommend? I would think for best candy flavor one should use
    the butter, but your blog title is Eating on a Dime so I am confused.

  4. Sorry for the confusion Marie – I have actually used both butter and both margarine. You are right, butter will taste much richer and be packed with flavor. However, it still tastes amazing with margarine and you will definitely save money by using margarine. 🙂

  5. We love this recipe and have used a ton of variations based on the season. Since my daughter is allergic to nuts we’ve gotten creative with the toppings. My current fav is candy canes at Christmas and have used Andes mints, candy corn, crushed Oreos, white chocolate and butterscotch chips. We also used wheat saltine crackers and so 1/2 dark chocolate chips and half milk chocolate chips.

  6. 5 stars
    Do not line your pan with foil. It does not come off easily. Use a glass sheet cake/lasagna pan and life is good.

  7. 5 stars
    When I first heard this recipe, I wasn’t sure? I was very surprised? it’s really good & my Grandkids love it? I make it a lot…it really pretty to use white chocolate chips & crushed candy canes for Christmas?

  8. I usually store it on a ziplock bag or a Tupperware container. I haven’t tried freezing it yet so I’m not sure. If you try it, let us know how it turns out. Thank you!

  9. Will a 9×13 glass cake dish lined with parchment paper work? And does the finished product taste like saltines? It sounds good!

  10. I don’t have a stove top, can you use a ready made caramel ice cream topping sauce type of thing and just heat it up in the microwave?

  11. My “toffee” didn’t harden. It’s like a thick caramel between the soda crackers and the tinfoil. Any idea what I did wrong?

  12. Made this,but don’t use wax paper it sticks, do I use foil or can I use glass dish what would be best do I use grease on the bottom so it don’t stick.

  13. I wrap a jelly roll pan (baking sheet with edges) with foil and then spray the foil with non-stick spray and it removes easily every time. Thanks!

  14. 5 stars
    Made for the first time, it’s amazing! Can I store it on the counter in a cake stand with lid?
    Merry Xmas, and stay safe!

  15. I’m so glad you love it. I generally store mine in the refrigerator so that the chocolate doesn’t melt but if it’s cool and dry where you live it might be fine in the cake stand.

  16. Hi there!!! SO delicious! Making it for the first time now with my kids! ? One issue and one question:

    -Hardening issue: it’s been in the fridge for an hour but my toffee isn’t hardening quite yet and I’m worried that it won’t. I’m new at baking at kinda clueless/learning. Did I not bake it long enough? How can I save it? ????

    -Question: How is this yummy gorgeousness stores and how long will it keep?

  17. Mine has always harden so I’m not quite sure why it wouldn’t harden. Leave it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours and it should harden perfectly. This toffee keeps great in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Enjoy!

  18. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe so many times because it’s so easy and soooo addictive! My family loves it (if I leave any of it for them to try, lol) and they are surprised when I tell them how easy it was. Plus, it keeps nicely in the freezer for a long time…. more crack for later! Anyone can make this and everyone should make it at least once. It’s impossible to screw up. Gotta go…. gotta go whip up another batch for the holidays!

  19. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. I tried some of this at a holiday party, and I knew immediately I was in big trouble! Lol

    I was so glad to find your recipe! I have made this with both saltines and Graham crackers (my preference), and I used dark chocolate chips. So, so good!
    My partner doesn’t like toffee, so I got to keep all of it for myself, which was dangerous!! It was so difficult to limit myself and keep from eating it all at once!! Lol
    Thank you for your recipes!!!!

  20. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this easy yummy recipe! I make it every Christmas now and my family loves it!

  21. 5 stars
    I’ll bring this to my brother’s Christmas Eve along with deviled eggs. I’ll make half with crushed pretzels and half with chopped pecans. Thanks for an easy recipe.