Our Favorite Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe (AKA, Christmas Crack)

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Saltine Cracker Toffee is one of our family favorites – and there’s a reason we sometimes call it Christmas crack. You can never eat just one bite!

Cracker toffee

Christmas cracker recipe

I always love making Christmas treats every December, and there are some that I always go to when I have my baking day.

This Saltine Cracker Toffee is one of them. I started doing it years ago and it quickly became a family favorite.

It’s so easy to do and it always has amazing results. I love that you can customize it to suit your preferences!

This is a great thing that kids can help with – laying out the crackers, handing out the chocolate, and sprinkling the candy are great chores for them!

We hope this will be a favorite for your family in the years to come.

Christmas crack recipe

Can i use less sugar?

Personally, I haven’t tried this, and it might affect how well it caramelizes – but you can certainly experiment with it.

Can i use a different type of cracker?

Yes you can. People have had success with graham crackers, butter crackers, etc. However, I would make sure they are as simple as possible – so you probably don’t want to toss in a flavored cracker or multigrain cracker.

Peppermint Cracker Toffee

Tips for Success

  • I strongly recommend one Silicone baking mat to do this. I’ve done it on tin foil and parchment paper in the past and it always sticks to it. Tin foil inevitably gets stuck, and it’s no fun to get a piece of if you eat it!
  • If you don’t have access to a Silicone baking matI would just spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the crackers right on top.
  • After taking the pan out of the oven, immediately place the chocolate chips on top and wait a few minutes before spreading them out. You need to start melting first.
  • Make sure you cool it down after you’re done! It only takes about 30 minutes, but it definitely cures a lot easier.

Bowl full of cracker toffee

This recipe was originally submitted by a contributor, and here is the original introduction:

Mint tea

Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe


  • Brown sugar
  • butter
  • Saltine crackers
  • Peppermint candy canes (or any other candy – the sky is the limit)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place crackers on a greased baking sheet or silicone baking mat (my preferred method)
  3. Melt 1 cup butter with 1 cup brown sugar until it comes to a boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, stir continuously for five minutes.
  4. Pour over the crackers and distribute evenly with a rubber spatula. Put in the oven for five minutes.
  5. Crush your candy canes. This time I started with this bowl and tried to smash it with a potato masher, but I found it easier to just put it in a plastic bag.
  6. As soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crackers and let them sit for about three minutes.
  7. Brush with a rubber spatula.
  8. Scatter peppermints over it.
  9. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  10. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Saltine Cracker Toffee on a pan

Saltine Cracker Toffee

Saltine Cracker Toffee

40 pieces

Preparation time:
10 mins

Cooking time:
5 minutes

Extra time:
30 minutes

Total time:
45 minutes

This is our family’s favorite vacation treat – and it’s so easy to make!


  • 1 cup of butter

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

  • 1 cover Saltines

  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips

  • Crushed candy canes – about 1/2 cup. You can also use peppermints.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray the baking sheet or place a silicone baking mat down.
  3. Mix the butter and brown sugar on the stove. After melting, bring to a boil and stir for 3 minutes.
  4. Pour evenly over the crackers and bake for 5 minutes (toffee bubbles)
  5. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over them.
  6. When you see the chocolate begin to melt, use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread it evenly over all of the crackers.
  7. Add mashed candy canes or other goodies (e.g. mini M & Ms, white chocolate, toffee chips) while the chocolate is still melting.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then break into uneven pieces.
  9. And enjoy!!


– You can reduce the amount of sugar and butter by about 1/4 and still taste good

Nutritional information:

Yield: 40
Serving size: 1

Amount per serving:
Calories: 105Total fat: 6gSaturated fatty acids: 4gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fat: 2gCholesterol: 13 mgSodium: 44 mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 10 gProtein: 0g

Can i freeze this recipe?

Y.it you can. Just make sure you take it out with enough time to thaw 🙂

Does it need to be refrigerated?

No! You don’t need to refrigerate unless you want to eat it chilled!

What are some good variations?

I’ve used Andes Christmas Chocolate Mints as well as the shredded candy canes – and I think I prefer the shredded candy canes. They really give it a nice crunch. They’re not super hard or anything – I feel like all of this is just melting in your mouth.

Nuts of any kind would be delicious too!

You could use white chocolate instead of regular chocolate chips or Andean coins.

More Christmas recipes:

This Saltine Cracker Toffee is one of the easiest desserts, but it’s one that everyone always loves!

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