Saltine Cracker Toffee is crunchy, buttery and absolutely addicting. A delicious combination of sweet and salty, it’s called Christmas Crack for good reason!
Saltine cracker toffee recipes overtake my Pinterest and Facebook feed every holiday season but I never understood what the craze was all about. I mean, what’s so special about something made with saltine crackers?
Oh, how wrong I was! G brought home yesterday a few chunks of this toffee bark from the batch his mom made that morning. I took one skeptical bite from the piece he offered me and before he could zip his little treat bag right back up, I was all over the whole stash!
The three to four pieces I polished off in a second awakened such a deep craving, I was in his mom’s kitchen this afternoon with the ingredients needed so she could teach me how to make them.
The perfect combination of sweet, salty, and buttery, cracker candy are called Christmas crack for good reason. They’re absolutely addicting, you wouldn’t be able to stop at one! And they really should be reserved for Christmas as it’s the only time of the year we won’t feel guilty eating a ton. 🙂
Saltine crackers are where the magic lies here. As the butter and sugar harden into a toffee coating, the crackers turn into a crunchy, buttery canvas for the layers of chocolate and chopped nuts.
You can cut the cookie slab into neat squares with a knife while it’s still warm or break into random shapes with your hands when it has cooled and hardened. Any way you take a crack at it, this Christmas crack is bound to be your holiday addiction!
Check out the tips below, make a big batch, and don’t forget to share. 🙂
Tips on How to Make Christmas Crack Candy
Saltine toffee cookies are so easy to make, no mad skills needed. All they take are 5 simple ingredients namely saltine crackers, butter, sugar, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
- Line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and generously spray the lining with nonstick cooking spray so it will be easier to peel off.
- Saltine crackers are the classic ingredient here but Ritz crackers make a wonderful crunchy, buttery base, too.
- The chocolate should melt successfully when sprinkled over the hot toffee but you can also melt them in the microwave to speed up the process. Melt at 50% power, pour over the toffee, and carefully spread using a spatula.
- Swap the semi-sweet chocolate with white chocolate chips for a more festive Christmas look!
- For extra depth of flavor, toast the walnuts.
- Make delicious varieties by using assorted toppings. Other great options other than walnuts are shelled pistachios, cashews, pecans, chopped Oreos, popcorn, mini M&M’s, candy sprinkles, pretzels, toffee bits, and melted chocolate drizzles.
Saltine Toffee Cookies A.K.A. Christmas Crack
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers (about 40 crackers)
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Arrange saltine crackers in a single layer on cookie sheet.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and sugar and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for about 3 to 5 minutes or until foamy.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the layer of saltines. Using a spatula, spread to fully coat saltines.
- Bake in a 400 F oven for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate over the hot toffee. Let stand for 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Spread the chocolate to coat surface.
- Sprinkle walnuts on top.
- Cut into neat squares with a knife while still warm and then refrigerate to chill. Or refrigerate until completely cooled and hardened and break into random shapes with hands.