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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. 

christmas crack pieces in a bowl

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 or cracker candy, this recipe is a holiday classic.

Other variations of this Christmas favorite are Ritz Cracker Toffee, Graham Cracker Toffee, and Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars.

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. We are so obsessed with making saltine toffee that we make Halloween Crack too!

christmas crack in a holiday serving dish

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

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!

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 on the baking sheet

More christmas crack toppings

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

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

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christmas cracker candy

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christmas crack candy with holiday m&m's

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Yield: 1 sheet pan

Christmas Crack Recipe

christmas cracker candy with holiday m&m's

This Christmas crack is also known as saltine toffee candy. A holiday must have!

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


  • 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


  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 the toffee over saltines and spread out evenly using a rubber spoon or spatula
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 4 - 5 minutes, until browned and bubbly 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.
  9. Place christmas crack in the fridge or freezer until set, then break into pieces
  10. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container or bag

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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

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stacked saltine candy without toppings

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Monday 19th of December 2022

Made it for the first time today. You’re right. Super easy and super delicious! Will definitely add to my favorites.


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

Absolutely loved the Christmas Crack!


Friday 17th of December 2021

Do you have to keep refrigerated? We are traveling with it.

Joy Shull

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

It would be fine for the day not chilled, I have shipped it overnight before.


Thursday 31st of December 2020

I made this Christmas crack for my Christmas goodies give away tray. Everybody commented on it saying it was the best part of the tray. Thank you for this great and easy recipe. I will definitely make it again but no too often it’s that good. You can’t just eat one. Or two. Or even three. Lol

Joy Shull

Friday 1st of January 2021

Yes, we have that problem in our house too! haha. So glad you enjoyed the Christmas crack!


Monday 9th of December 2019

Looks delicious!!

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