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How to Make Saltine Cracker Toffee

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Saltine Cracker Toffee is a salty and sweet toffee treat that is so addictive! This easy toffee recipe is crunchy and chewy at the same time and is full of that impossible-to-resist, rich, and buttery caramel flavor. Plus, it is made with just four basic pantry ingredients (five if you add nuts.)

saltine toffee recipe

Saltine Toffee, aka Christmas Crack 

Some of you may know this Saltine Cracker Toffee as “Christmas Crack” (because it is so addictive); we make it every year for the holidays (ok, ok, you got me, I make it quite a bit more often than just the “holidays” lol) but we call it Saltine Cracker Toffee.

Call it what you will because I guarantee you will love the sweet and salty toffee chocolate confection.

holding a piece of christmas crack

Why You Need to Try This Recipe!!!

  • If you like the combination of salty and sweet or are a toffee fan, you will love this recipe. I promise it’s so good, you won’t be able to stop eating it! (That’s why it is called Christmas crack, lol!) 
  • It’s super easy to make and takes only about 30 minutes. (No candy thermometer needed.) 
  • Saltine Toffee travels well and is a favorite candy to wrap up for gift-giving and to include in cookie trays for neighbors, teachers, and friends.

Ingredients in Saltine Toffee

Want to give this simple Saltine Toffee recipe a shot? Add these ingredients to your shopping list. (Ingredients at a glance; print the full list in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

  • Saltines 
  • Butter 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Pecans (optional) 

ingredients in saltine cracker toffee

See how simple the ingredients are?! Raid that pantry and see if you already have the ingredients on hand. (if you don’t have pecans, it’s just as good without them – I think the nuts just give a prettier presentation.

How To Make It:

Making toffee from saltine crackers is easy. I’ll walk you through how to make this sweet treat, and you will be hooked!

  1. Line a pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with oil or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Lay crackers out in your baking dish in an even layer. Top with a handful of pecans (optional.saltine cracker toffee in process
  3. Then melt your butter and brown sugar in a pan on the stove. (Bring to boil as directed in the printable recipe card below.)
  4. Pour the toffee mixture over the crackers and spread out as evenly as possible.how to make saltine toffeehow to make saltine cracker toffee
  5. Top with a few more pecans and bake in the oven for just a few minutes until the toffee starts to bubble.
  6. Remove the saltine toffee from the oven, sprinkle on chocolate chips, and let them soften up. Use a spatula to smooth the melted chips over the toffee.spreading chocolate over saltine toffee
  7. Let the saltine toffee cool, and then place it in the fridge to harden up. saltine cracker toffee before it is broken into pieces
  8. Break the toffee up into small pieces, and enjoy!

serving 3 pieces of saltine toffee

Saltine Toffee Recipe Tips:

  • Preheat your oven beforehand so you can pop the crackers in the oven as soon as you pour the toffee layer over the crackers.
  • Be sure to use a baking sheet with sides to prevent the toffee from bubbling over onto your oven.
  • I have heard through online chatter, occasionally, people are having trouble getting the Nestle brand chocolate chips to melt.
    (So strange, the current “thesis” is that Nestle has reformulated their chips, which are not as meltable.)  A solution to this, if your chocolate chips won’t melt (of course, you won’t know until you sprinkle them on the hot toffee), is to scrape the chips off and microwave them with a tablespoon or two or shortening or coconut oil for 15 seconds at a time (stirring in between) until melted, then just pour the chocolate over the toffee.
  • Take care when breaking the toffee into pieces, as it is easy to get fingerprints in the chocolate. 

saltine cracker toffee close up

Can I Use Different Crackers To Replace the Saltines 

Absolutely! You can use Townhouse Crackers, Club, Ritz, and more. I personally love the saltine style, but feel free to test out other flavors of crackers to see what you prefer. 

How To Store your Toffee

In an airtight container, store saltine cracker toffee in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 weeks. You can store at room temperature on the counter for about a week if the house is cool. You just want to make sure the toffee doesn’t get too warm on the counter or it can melt the chocolate and cause the toffee to be more on the chewy side.  ·

Can You Freeze Saltine Toffee?

This toffee candy freezes well. Just ensure the candy is completely cooled and hardened before wrapping in an air tight container and storing it in the freezer.

Variations on Saltine Toffee 

  • Swap out crackers with others like Clubs, Townhouse, Ritz, or even Graham Crackers.
  • Use white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or even butterscotch chips to replace the chocolate chips.
  • Add on toppings like M&M’s, sprinkles, peanut butter chips, chocolate shavings, crushed peppermint, or just about anything to fit the holiday.
  • Use candy melts to drizzle on top of toffee to add a mix of color to your candy. 

christmas crack on a platter

More Simple Holiday Treats

  • Holiday Bark Recipe | White Chocolate Holiday Bark Recipe is made with a white candy coating (white chocolate bark) and a festive fruit and nut blend. 
  • Easy Pistachio Nut Clusters | Salty pistachios and creamy sweet chocolate combine to make the most awesomely delicious and nutty treat.
  • White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Sugar Cookies | These yummy cookies start with a packaged sugar cookie mix plus a few additional mix-ins.
  • Decadent Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge | This decadent Chocolate fudge is simple to make on the stovetop and tastes absolutely AMAZING!!
  • Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies (Lofthouse-Style)| Soft, fluffy, and cakelike, these cookies are easy to make and topped with a delicious buttercream icing with colorful sprinkles, just in time for all your holiday baking. 
  • 7 Layer Magic Cookie Bars | Crunchy, chewy, and decadently sweet! Made with graham crackers, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, and nuts, these easy-to-make bars are delightfully gooey and delicious!

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saltine toffee

Saltine Cracker Toffee

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 32 reviews
  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 8 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 40 pieces 1x
  • Category: candy


Saltine Cracker Toffee is crunchy, chewy and full of impossible to resist, rich and buttery caramel toffee flavor and its made with just four ingredients. (five if you add nuts)


  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers (about 40 crackers)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 12 oz Chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 cup chopped pecan or other nuts



  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Spread crackers in baking pan, set aside.
  4. Add butter and sugar to medium saucepan.
  5. Over med-high heat, bring butter mixture to boil and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Quickly pour butter mixture over crackers. Use spatula to help evenly distribute the toffee mixture.
  7. Top with chopped nuts if desired.
  8. Place pan in oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over toffee. Once soft, use a spatula to smooth the chocolate over the toffee.
  10. Let toffee cool. Break in to pieces and enjoy.
  11. Store leftover toffee in an airtight container, for about a week.


*nutrition calculated without nuts


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 116
  • Sugar: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 1

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  1. Amazing…only lasted two days in my home

  2. Easy and delicious!! Everyone loves it!

  3. I used peanut butter chips and white chocolate chips as well 1d

  4. Loved this!! So easy too.

  5. The Family loved it… We had a family member doing a gluten free diet so I made a batch using rice Chex that was delicious too!

  6. I used Ritz crackers. It was a yummy good recipe.

  7. My favorite. I do one with pecans and one with shredded coconut

  8. Loved this recipe super easy!

  9. Gabrielle says:

    Super easy and fun to make! Everyone loved them 🙂

  10. Loved this recipe super easy!

  11. I make this every year at Christmas and give as neighbor gifts. Our friends all look forward to their yearly homemade candy.

  12. Katharine says:

    Super simple! Make sure too cool for 2hrs or doesn’t break easily

  13. Easy and the perfect rexipe