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Christmas Crack Recipe

This Christmas Crack aka Saltine Cracker Toffee Candy is the most incredibly addicting holiday dessert! The perfect salty, sweet, and crunchy bark made with only 7 easy ingredients. 

stacked saltine candy without toppings

Christmas Crack is called that because it is SO good that you just won’t be able to stop at one piece. 

Also known as saltine toffee candy, this recipe is a holiday classic.

Other variations are Ritz Cracker Toffee and Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars.

It’s simple to make, and tastes amazing with or without toppings.

christmas crack topped with walnuts, pecans, and drizzled white chocolate

This stuff is pure heaven! 

If you make just one new holiday dessert this year, it should be this one. 

stacked saltine toffee candy pieces

how to make Christmas crack

This recipe is a classic and is so simple to make, but looks impressive!

First, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

a sleeve of saltine crackers lined up in rows on a baking sheet

Next, line a sleeve of saltine crackers on the parchment paper. 

In a sauce pan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil.

side by side of butter and brown sugar in a pan, then the mixture melted and bubbline

Boil until thick, stirring constantly.

This mixture is the toffee layer, but no candy thermometer is required.

Pour the caramel toffee mixture over the top of the saltines, then spread evenly with a rubber spoon or spatula.

Bake for a few minutes until bubbly. 

drizzling, then spreading the toffee over the saltine crackers

Once done, remove the saltines from the oven and sprinkle on a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips. 

saltines on a baking sheet covered with toffee and chocolate chips

While the chips melt, toast your nuts for a few minutes in the oven if you are adding nuts to yours.

Once the chocolate chips have melted, use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate layer out evenly. 

saltines on a baking sheet covered with toffee and chocolate chips
spreading the chocolate chips with a spatula
melted chocolate chips spread out over the saltine crackers on a baking sheet

The chocolate should be evenly spread to cover all of the crackers.

melted chocolate chips spread out over the saltine crackers on a baking sheet

Now it’s time for toppings!

Or you can skip this step and put it right in the fridge.

The original version is amazing by itself!

I love using walnuts, pecans, flaked sea salt, and drizzled white chocolate.

But you can use whatever you want, the possibilities are endless!

christmas crack topped with walnuts, pecans, and drizzled white chocolate

More christmas crack toppings

  • chopped heath bar
  • toffee bits
  • M&Ms
  • chopped Reese’s Cups
  • chopped peanuts
  • sprinkles
  • pretzels
  • crushed oreos

Place the pan in the fridge or freezer until set, then break the saltine toffee candy into pieces. 

stacked saltine candy without toppings

This is really the most insanely good Christmas recipe and you have to try it! 

christmas crack topped with walnuts, pecans, and drizzled white chocolate

If the leftovers aren’t gone in two seconds, store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer!

stacked saltine candy without toppings

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christmas crack toffee candy recipe

Yield: 1 sheet pan

Christmas Crack Recipe

christmas toffee candy stacked on wax paper

Easy saltine toffee christmas crack recipe - this salty sweet dessert will be your new favorite holiday treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers (around 35)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 10 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

For Optional toppings

  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts (unsalted)
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans (unsalted)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and line up the saltine crackers in rows
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil
  3. Boil 2 - 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick
  4. Pour over saltines and spread out evenly using a rubber spoon or spatula
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 4 - 5 minutes, until browned but not burnt
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and wait 5 minutes
  7. After chocolate sits for 5 minutes, use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly across the crackers.
  8. If you are adding other toppings like crushed oreos, m&m's, chopped heath bits, etc, add them now while the chocolate is meted. If you are not topping your Christmas crack, you can skip the next few steps and place directly in the fridge to cool.
  9. While the chocolate sits, place the pecans and walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 5 - 7 minutes at 350 degrees if you are making them
  10. Sprinkle on the sea salt flakes, walnuts, and pecans
  11. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 15-20 second intervals until smooth (be careful not to burn)
  12. Drizzle over the toffee candy
  13. Place christmas crack in the fridge or freezer until set, then break into pieces
  14. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container

Notes

If you use a salted topping in place of the nuts, skip the sea salt flakes as it may be too much salt

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

35

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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