Easy Christmas CRACK Recipe

Today’s Best Recipe is Christmas Crack.

It’s also known as saltine cracker toffee, saltine cracker candy, Christmas cracker candy, saltine toffee candy, Christmas cracker recipe, best Christmas cracker crack.

It’s Christmas Crack, named because you crack it apart, or Sweet and Saltine, however, after your first taste, you’ll find it ADDICTING. This easy recipe will have you drooling through the holiday season!

Sweet and Saltine, Saltine Toffee or Christmas Crack this recipe is simple, made with simple ingredients you probably already have, and is inexpensive but beyond that, it’s impressive and will have everyone dubbing you the BEST gift giver or hostess in all the Hostess World.

The delicious treat is perfect for cookie exchanges and holiday cookie plates.

Christmas Crack

Sweet and Saltine–an apt name for the sensation of the taste buds kicking in as they experience a bit sweet and a bit salty in every bite.

It’s Christmas Crack, named because you crack it apart, however, after your first taste, you’ll also discover it’s also ADDICTING.

We’re on our third batch in two days, and we haven’t even made any gifts with it.

I keep hiding it, but we keep finding it!

You may also enjoy other great recipes from our Pinterest Christmas Board like this Christmas Crack!

It’s Simple Ingredients:

christmas crack with ingredients

Crackers – This simple recipe starts with saltine crackers! (You can also use Ritz crackers, any salty crackers, or Graham Crackers) The crackers make for an easy bottom layer that’ll hold the toffee and chocolate well. The salt will also help cut some of the sweetness and it’s a perfect combination!

Chocolate Layer – We like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips to help keep things from getting too sweet, but you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate if those are your preference.

Candies – This Christmas Crack holiday treats is good as it is or with lots of chopped up toppings!

  • Pretzels
  • M&Ms
  • Almond slivers
  • chopped Pecans
  • Sweetened Shredded coconut
  • dried cranberries
  • dried cherries
  • Marshmallows
  • Crushed Candy Canes
  • Holiday Sprinkles
  • Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Coarse sea salt

Easy Christmas CRACK collage

Why I love this Easy Sweet and Saltine Recipe:

  • Just 4 ingredients. All you need to make this Christmas Crack is butter, brown sugar, saltine crackers, and chocolate – that’s it! The crackers are going to give the toffee a light, crisp texture.
  • No candy thermometer is required. You just need to boil the butter and brown sugar mixture for 5 minutes-a rolling boil. No need to use a candy thermometer, just exactly 5 minutes on the stovetop and a pop in the oven.
  • It’s addicting! The combination of sweet and salty, homemade toffee and chocolate, with a crisp texture makes this candy recipe addicting. Even a double batch will disappear! It’s candy crack, People!

Ingredients:

1 Sleeve Saltines

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 package milk chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or Hershey Kisses

3/4 cup chopped pecans(optional)

1 Cup Crushed Candy Canes (optional)

How to Make Christmas Crack

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line a 10″ x 15″ baking sheet (I use a jelly roll pan because it has edges) with aluminum foil and lightly grease with butter or use non stick cooking spray. 

Cover the cookie sheet with a single layer of saltine crackers

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.

Add brown sugar to butter, increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. 

Boil for 5 minutes, continuously stirring with a whisk.

You want it to be a rolling boil to evaporate some of the moisture, so it becomes like caramel.

Pour toffee over the saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible.

arranging saltines

Make the Toffee Mixture:

Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring with a whisk.

You want it to be a rolling boil to evaporate some of the moisture, so it becomes like caramel.

Pour toffee over the saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible.

pour toffee mixture

 

Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.

Upon removing the sugar mixture is molten–be careful!

If your saltines shift while in the oven, rearrange with a fork.

Allow to cool about 5 minutes.

This will be your toffee layer.

christmas crack in the oven

 

Sprinkle the milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips over the saltines and toffee candy and let sit for about 5 minutes to melt.

sprinkle with chocolate chips

  • Melting the chocolate chips. Once you have your saltines arranged evenly, immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. They will melt from the heat of toffee. Fun Fact: chocolate chips retain their shape when melted!!! Once the chocolate chips look glossy, spread them with a spatula evenly over the top of the saltines.

 

Once melted spread chocolate evenly. 

spread the chocolate chips

If desired, sprinkle on pecans or crushed candy canes and press lightly into the chocolate.

Allow to cool at room temperature and then transfer to the refrigerator to harden.

Once it has hardened, break the candy into small pieces and place it in containers.

You can make this easy Christmas dessert up to 3 days in advance. Store Christmas crack in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

sweet and saltine

WARNING: Christmas Crack is addictive.

Not only to EAT but MAKE…my husband will even participate in this kitchen creation!

Peanut Butter Toffee Christmas Crack:

Add a new flavor level to this already amazing Christmas Crack Candy recipe–Peanut Butter.

Simply add 3/4 cup peanut butter with the brown sugar and continue the recipe as outlined above.

Check out our other great Christmas and Holiday recipes.

sweet and salty christmas crack

Christmas Crack

Yield: 10 x 15 tray
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sweet and Saltine, Saltine Toffee or Christmas Crack this recipe is really simple, made with ingredients you probably already have and is inexpensive but beyond that it's impressive.

Ingredients

  • 1 Sleeve Saltines
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 package chocolate chips or Hershey Kisses
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans(optional)
  • 1 Cup Crushed Candy Canes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a 10″ x 15″ baking sheet (I use a jelly roll pan because it has edges) with aluminum foil and lightly grease with butter or use non stick cooking spray. 
  3. Cover the cookie sheet with a single layer of saltine crackers
  4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  5. Add brown sugar to butter, increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. 
  6. Boil for 5 minutes, continuously stirring with a whisk.
  7. You want it to be a rolling boil to evaporate some of the moisture, so it becomes like caramel.
  8. Pour toffee over the saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible.Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring with a whisk.
  9. You want it to be a rolling boil to evaporate some of the moisture, so it becomes like caramel.
  10. Pour toffee over the saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible.
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  12. Upon removing the sugar mixture is molten–be careful!
  13. If your saltines shift while in the oven, rearrange with a fork.
  14. Allow to cool about 5 minutes.
  15. This will be your toffee layer.
  16.  
  17. Sprinkle the milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips over the saltines and toffee candy and let sit for about 5 minutes to melt.
  18. Melting the chocolate chips. Once you have your saltines arranged evenly, immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. They will melt from the heat of toffee. Fun Fact: chocolate chips retain their shape when melted!!! Once the chocolate chips look glossy, spread them with a spatula evenly over the top of the saltines.
  19.  Once melted spread chocolate evenly. 
  20. If desired, sprinkle on pecans or crushed candy canes and press lightly into the chocolate.
  21. Allow to cool at room temperature and then transfer to the refrigerator to harden.
  22. Once it has hardened, break the candy into small pieces and place it in containers.

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