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How to Make Saltine Cracker Toffee

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

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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 fan of toffee, 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 dont have pecans, its just as good without it – 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 and place 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 finish pouring 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 and they are not as melt-able.)  A solution to this if your chocolate chips won’t melt (of course you wont know until you sprinkle them on the hot toffee) is 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 make sure the candy is completely cooled and hardened before wrapping in and air tight container and storing 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 in replace of 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 white candy coating (white chocolate bark) and a festive fruit and nut blend. 
  • Easy Pistachio Nut Clusters | Salty pistachios and creamy sweet chocolate come together 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. 

 

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saltine toffee

Saltine Cracker Toffee

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 8 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 40 pieces 1x
  • Category: candy

Description

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)


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

 


Instructions

  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.

Notes

*nutrition calculated without nuts


Nutrition

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

Keywords: christmas crack, candy, toffee, saltine toffee