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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 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 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. 

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
stacked saltine toffee candy pieces

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.

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

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

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

toffee in a sauce pan

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. 

drizzling, then spreading the toffee over the saltine crackers

Step 5: 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

Step 6: While the chips melt, toast your nuts for a few minutes in the oven if you are adding nuts to yours.

saltines on a baking sheet covered with toffee and chocolate chips

Step 7: Once the chocolate chips have melted, use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate layer out evenly. 

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!

stacked saltine candy without toppings

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. 

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!

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Yield: 1 sheet pan

Christmas Crack Recipe

christmas toffee candy stacked on wax paper

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

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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June

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.

Diane

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!

Chocoviv

Monday 9th of December 2019

Looks delicious!!

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