Saltine Toffee is buttery, chocolaty and incredibly sweet. This super simple Christmas Crack recipe can be made in under 20 minutes for a delicious and customizable holiday treat.
The holidays wouldn't be the same without Saltine Cracker Toffee. It is also known as Christmas Crack, cracker toffee, cracker candy and saltine crack recipe.
I am sure there are many other names out there for this decadent holiday treat. It is made up of a layer of saltine crackers, a layer of homemade caramel and then covered with choclate and sprinkles or whatever else you would like to decorate it with. Saltine Toffee is super addicting!
I started making this treat many years ago. It is easy to make and totally customizable. Add a batch to a cellophane bag and tie it with a ribbon for a tasty gift for friends during the holidays. People just love it! Just add seasonal sprinkles and Saltine Toffee is the perfect treat for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter or whatever day you want to celebrate.
Not including cooling time, I can whip up a batch in under 20 minutes. How great is that?
Ingredients Needed for Saltine Toffee
- saltine crackers- use salted or unsalted, whatever you prefer. I usually use unsalted because I like to use salted butter. Both salted crackers and butter might be too much salt so decided what combination you'd like.
- salted butter - you can use unsalted butter too but I like the extra salt to give it a bit of sweet and salty taste
- light brown sugar - make sure it is fresh so it doesn't get hard and stick together
- chocolate chips - I prefer semi sweet but use your favorite
- sprinkles, crushed nuts and/or white chocolate - be creative and make it match your favorite holiday
How To Make Saltine Toffee
- Line a baking pan with foil and spray it with non-stick spray.
- Lay the crackers out flat onto the foil.
- Melt sugar and butter and bring it to boil until foamy (about 3 to 5 minutes). Pour the mixture over the crackers and spread to coat.
- Bake for 5 minutes in a 400º oven or until the butter mixture is bubbly. Remove from oven.
- While hot, sprinkle with chocolate chips and allow them to soften and melt, before spreading over the surface.
- Sprinkle with whatever toppings you like.
- Let the chocolate cool and harden then break into pieces.
- Keep stored in an air tight container the refrigerator.
Check out my Saltine Toffee Webstory.
Christmas Crack Recipe Tips
- Use a 10x15 jelly roll pan.
- If your pan is a little larger, create a rim with foil so the crackers don't move around when you are spreading the butter mixture or chocolate.
- Use heavy-duty foil to line the pan.
- Place the crackers close together on the tray. You don't want big spaces between them.
- Don't stress if some of the crackers break. They will be covered with caramel and chocolate so it will all even out. And they will be broken in pieces anyway.
- Feel free to decorate it with nuts, sprinkles, or swirled chocolate. I made some with multi colored sprinkles and some with almonds, drizzled with white chocolate.
- Allow the candy to cool completely before trying to remove it from the foil.
- After I make it, I keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container or cookie tin. Take it out and bring to room temperature before serving.
- You might want to carry around the recipe on cards because after friends eat it, they always ask for the recipe.
More Holiday Treats
- Peppermint Oreo Stuffed Brownies
- Festive Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzels
- Cookie Butter Fudge from Grumpy's Honey Bunch
- Christmas Pinwheel Cookies from Swirls of Flavor
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- 40 saltine crackers 1 sleeve
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- sprinkles or other toppings
- Line jelly roll pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
- Lay crackers out flat on foil.
- Melt sugar and butter and bring to boil until foamy (about 3 to 5 minutes). Stir well. Pour over crackers and spread to coat.
- Bake 5 minutes in 400º oven or until bubbly. Remove from oven.
- While hot, sprinkle with chocolate chips, let soften and melt, then spread.
- Sprinkle with sprinkles or whatever toppings you like (crushed nuts, crushed candy canes, etc).
- Let the chocolate harden then break into pieces.
- Keep stored in the refrigerator.
First Published December 2008 ; Updated November 2021
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I LOVE saltine toffee! Though, I've never thought to top it with sprinkles. And, aren't they festive?! Such a brilliant cook you are, Lisa! Such a brilliant cook.
Oh Lisa, this looks and sounds great!! I love the sweet/salty combo...and easy too!!
I'm so over shopping! I think I'm done, I have maybe one more gift card to buy...I have 2 men in my family that are extremely hard to shop for!
I've never heard of using saltines. It looks so easy and definitely yummy!
So cute!!! I've heard this called crack because it's so addicting! Yours looks great!
Looks delicious! I am just about done with my shopping too...thank goodness!
I love saltine toffee! Sometimes I'll use matzoh. This year my daughter and I made it using white chips and topped it with brickle-it came out really yummy! I feel like my shopping is never done...but I think I might be!
This is the second time of seen these & they sound so good. Think they'll have to go on my list for next year
That sounds like my kind of treat.
Salty and sweet!
I can be easily bought with any combination of salty and sweet. 🙂 And I love how easy it seems!
I'm making my grocery list as I type (and browse blogs!) so I can make all these yummy goodies! Yours is definitely one I will be making later today!!
What a great and fast treat. These look amazing and I love the salty-sweet combo.
This looks so good. I am just about done with my shopping too, just my Dad and 2 of my cousins left.
Lisa, what an easy treat! I've never had this and it is so fast to make I think I'll have time to fit it into my schedule.
Thanks for another great recipe.
Oh, I love this stuff ... and haven't made it yet this year. Now I think I'm going to have to!
I can just taste them now they look fabulous!
I just made and posted this the other day, too! I hadn't seen it before this year. So easy and YUMMY! I'm about to assemble goodies to give away.
I make these every year for the holidays. They are so easy and there are never leftovers.
Proud Italian Cook
Love this idea Lisa, thanks for the recipe! Happy holidays to you and yours!
I would love this, I love salty sweet treats!
I've heard of saltine toffee before, but I've never had it. I would guess that I'd love it, though, because I love the salty/sweet combo. Lucky friends!
I have had this before and it is really good! I couldn't believe that it was made with saltines!!!
It makes a great gift. Pretty packages, by the way.
I wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday!
I have a couple stops tomorrow and I am done!
You are so organised!
This sounds really interesting, I've never tried anything like it before. I'm sure the salty/sweet combination is delicious.
I love toffee but have never had it with saltines. But then I had never had strawberry pretzel jello either and I love that stuff. Salty and sweet always seems to work. You are a good friend giving these away. I only do that to 2 neighbors and a plate for work if I get the time. We are to busy at the grocery store. I even work 10-7 Christmas Eve. Everyone, be nice to your grocery checkers, okay?
Have a very blessed Christmas Lisa.
Such a clever idea...I just recently heard of this tasty treat. Great recipe Lisa.
ohhh..I will take some of this!!
These look awesome (and easy) thanks for the great idea!
Love the sweet and salty combo and it looks so quick and easy!
I love making this every year...but I do a different twist. I'll have to share that.
I am all done, but one more gift. I think Aggie said it best: I'm so over shopping!
what a perfect treat... happy holidays!!! 🙂
You can do a batch in under 20 minutes! I LOVE THAT!
black eyed susans kitchen
lisa, I have never heard of this recipe before, but we will be trying it out! We needed one more cookie style item to add to our cookie trays and this sounds just right.
The Blonde Duck
I've never had saltine toffee, but it looks tasty!
I had something like this while in MYC - loved it.
I'm emailing you my address for the "care package". 😉
Everyone is making this lately, I'm really gonna have to make it, lol! Happy holidays Lisa!
Yummy! What a fun give away treat. I gotta get back in the kitchen! Merry Christmas!
mmmmmmmm- I love this kind of toffee! I have made it last Christmas! Glad you have all of your shopping pretty much done- how exciting! Merry Christmas (early 😉
I have been seeing this toffee around, I will have to try it. I love toffee! Happy Holidays Lisa!
Yup, I know this - I make it with matzoh but I understand the salt in the saltines makes it extra special.
Happy holidays to you and your family.
I have never made this - I am going to have to try it!
That looks yummy, Lisa, and so easy to make.
Proud Italian Cook
Thanks to you Lisa, I made a batch of these! Yumm! and very addicting!
I feel like everyone in the world makes this but me.
Made these and gave you credit on my blog. Thanks so much for introducing me to these lovelies!
I have been looking for a good saltine toffee recipe all morning for Christmas and looks like you are going to be the winner. I thankfully looked back into your archives and found this!
Christmas is coming up fast again... can't wait to see this years recipes.
I really like how easy this is to make and the idea of switching up toppings for special occasions. Going to make this and snack on it all winter long.
I make this every year for the holidays!
These saltine toffee crackers are such a delicious treat for the holiday season. So easy and quick to make which is an additional bonus!
This is a really nice Christmas treat!! My kids enjoyed making them! Thanks for the recipe!
This was such a hit! Thank you for this awesome recipe
This stuff is the BEST! So addicting and delicious. And so simple to make too!
Love this sweet treat. Perfect snack box option. Homemade surely sounds best too.
Oh this cracker toffee is completely addictive. Going to make some right away.
Wow! This looks so delicious! Perfect timing...adding the ingredients to my shopping list..Can't wait to make it!
Using saltine crackers as the base of this toffee was a genius idea!! This recipe was crispy, crumbly and so sweet - it was a fun treat for my kids after school today!
Lauren Michael Harris
I love how easy this recipe and the kids will surely have fun decorating them for Christmas! They kind of remind. me of one of my favorite cookies - yum!
I come back to this recipe every year! One of my favorite holiday candy recipes! Your instructions have never failed me! Thank you!!