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Christmas Crack Recipe

This Christmas Crack also known as Saltine Cracker Toffee Candy is a must make holiday dessert! The perfect salty, sweet, and crunchy toffee bark made with only 7 easy ingredients. 

christmas crack pieces in a bowl

Christmas Crack is a must have holiday dessert!

Christmas Crack is a holiday staple and we make it many times every Christmas.

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

A base of saltine crackers is topped with an easy homemade toffee and finished with a layer of chocolate chips melted on top.

The result is a salty sweet dessert that you won’t be able to stop eating! You can leave it plain, or dress it up with any kind of topping you’d like.

More Christmas Crack Variations

stacked saltine candy without toppings

It’s simple to make, and tastes amazing with or without toppings. This is a must have dessert for the holidays along with no bake avalanche cookies.

This stuff is absolutely delicious! If you make just one new holiday dessert this year, it should be this one. 

christmas crack in a holiday serving dish

Ingredients to make saltine toffee candy

  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers (around 35)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 10 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
ingredients needed to make saltine toffee candy

How to make Christmas crack

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

Step 1: line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: line a sleeve of saltine crackers on the parchment paper. 

saltine crackers lined on a baking sheet

Step 3: In a sauce pan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil.

Boil until thick, stirring constantly. This mixture is the toffee layer, but no candy thermometer is required.

Step 4: 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. 

pouring the toffee layer over the saltines

Step 5: Once done, remove the saltines from the oven and sprinkle on a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips. 

Step 6: Once the chocolate chips have melted, use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate layer out evenly. The chocolate should be evenly spread to cover all of the crackers.

melted chocolate spread over the crackers and half topped with red and green m&m's

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!

christmas crack on the baking sheet

Topping Ideas

  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • flaked sea salt
  • drizzled white chocolate
  • m&m’s
  • sprinkles
  • chopped up candies
  • pretzels
  • slivered almonds
  • toffee bits
  • chopped heath bar
  • chopped Reese’s cups
  • chopped peanuts
christmas crack pieces in a bowl

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

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

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight bag or container.

plain saltine toffee candy pieces stacked

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Christmas Crack Recipe

Joy Shull
This Christmas crack is also known as saltine toffee candy. A holiday must have!
4.62 from 57 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 284 kcal


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

Topping ideas

  • m&m’s
  • roasted chopped nuts
  • crushed oreos
  • crushed toffee bits or candy pieces


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and line up the saltine crackers in rows
  • Melt the butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil
  • Boil 2 – 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick
  • Pour the toffee over saltines and spread out evenly using a rubber spoon or spatula
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 4 – 5 minutes, until browned and bubbly but not burnt
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and wait 5 minutes
  • After chocolate sits for 5 minutes, use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly across the crackers.
  • If you are adding other toppings like crushed candies, chopped nuts, m&m's, chopped heath bits, etc, add them now while the chocolate is meted.
  • Place the christmas crack in the fridge or freezer until set, then break into pieces
  • Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container or bag



Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 363IUCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
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stacked saltine candy without toppings

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Recipe Rating


Sunday 24th of December 2023

I just made this. Next time I will use milk chocolate morsels; not liking it with the semi-sweet. I topped off with crushed peppermint starlites.


Sunday 24th of December 2023

Never use dark brown sugar, it doesn't work. The butter and sugar separate, When I boiled it longer it burnt


Friday 22nd of December 2023

This is soooo good!! I was worried because after I took it out of the oven, I noticed the saltines had moved around on the baking sheet from the boiling toffee floating under the crackers. But it still turned out fine! Yum!

Joy Shull

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

So glad you enjoyed it!


Monday 11th of December 2023

I made it with dark brown sugar, and not sure it came out correctly. The toffee was very thick and didn’t spread when I poured it on. Does that mean I over cooked it?

Joy Shull

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

It may have been the dark brown sugar. Try light next time! I never have a problem with it.

Gloria Zavaleta

Sunday 26th of November 2023

I made this but I used Darigold butter and it didn't turn out right so I had some cheap butter I used it and also the recipe didn't say to use light or dark brown sugar well it didn't turn out right so I had some light sugar and it turned out perfect it was a hit with family and friends. Thank you for the recipe.