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Christmas Crack with Saltine Crackers

This Christmas crack with saltine crackers has only five ingredients and no thermometer making it easy to whip together recipe for the holidays. Its chocolatey, buttery and crunchy and earns its fun name by being deliciously addictive.

What is Christmas Crack?


Christmas crack is a candy made using saltine cracker coated in toffee and topped with chocolate. Its one of the easiest ways to make candy because it doesn’t need a thermometer just careful timing.

Christmas crack recipe showing layers of saltines, toffee, chocolate with Christmas sprinkles. The Christmas crack is being served on a white plate and their is a Christmas container full of the Christmas crack recipe in the background.

Christmas Crack Recipe

Christmas Crack Ingredients

  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted or salted butter
  • 1 cup (220g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 35-40 salted saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve)
  • 1 pkg (270g-300g) 2 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Additional toppings like pecans, almonds, flakey salt, crushed candy canes, or Christmas sprinkles (optional)

Christmas Crack Instructions

Step 1 – Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Butter the aluminum foil. Butter a large spoon to use later. Set aside.

Step 2 – Prep the Saltine Cracker Layer

Spread a single layer of crackers all over the bottom of the pan. Fold over the edges of the tin foil to enclose the crackers. Set aside.

A baking tray lined with saltine crackers when making saltine Christmas crack.

Step 3 – Make the Toffee Layer

In a medium saucepan over medium heat. melt the butter, add the brown sugar and vanilla stir well. Bring to a rolling boil.

Mixing toffee for a Christmas crack recipe. The crack recipe toffee is just starting to boil.

Once the Christmas crack toffee has started to boil, lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to boil the toffee for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. This image shows what mine looked like after the five minutes. Its thick and the bubbles are larger as they pop through the surface.

Christmas crack toffee thats been boiling for five minutes. The toffee is thick with large bubbles on the surface.

Quickly pour the toffee over the crackers and spread to cover completely using the back side of the buttered spoon.

Pouring the toffee layer for Christmas crack A layer of saltine crackers is being covered with brown sugar toffee for a Christmas crack recipe.

Once the toffee is spread, place in the oven and let bake until the toffee is bubbly. This will take about 5 minutes.

Step 4 – Chocolate Topping

As soon as you remove the toffee from the oven immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

Let stand for 2-3 minutes until the chocolate starts to look shiny and soft enough to spread. Using a buttered spatula or knife spread the melted chips over the toffee.

Using a spatula to smooth melted chocolate while making Christmas crack.

Note: Our kitchen is cold this time of year which can make it harder for the chocolate chips to melt. If this happens, and the chips haven’t melted after a couple of minutes. Pop them back into the oven and watch them closely. As soon as they are melted remove from the oven and spread.

Sprinkle toppings of your choice over the chocolate.

Christmas crack with crackers thats covered with melted chocolate and two kinds of sprinkles.


Place in the fridge uncovered until solid. This will take about 1-2 hours. Remove from foil and break into pieces using a large knife.

A small tray of Christmas crack being served on a white plate. There is a Christmas jar full of the remaining Christmas crack in the background along with some greenery, white tiles, and a white towel for Christmas decor.

Christmas Crack Recipe Video

If you prefer to watch me make this crack recipe I have a created a video for you. Please let me know if you find the videos worthwhile.

Storing Christmas Crack

Store the Christmas crack in an air tight container. The Christmas crack will keep on the counter for 5 days. You can free it up to 3 months. When freezing I like to package my Christmas crack in bundles of parchment paper and then place in a air tight container.

A tray piled high with Christmas crackers recipes including a layer of saltine crackers then toffee, and chocolate topping with sprinkles.
Christmas crack recipe showing layers of saltines, toffee, chocolate with Christmas sprinkles. The Christmas crack is being served on a white plate and their is a Christmas container full of the Christmas crack recipe in the background.
5 from 1 vote

Christmas Crack with Saltine Crackers

This Christmas crack with saltine crackers has only five ingredients and no thermometer making it easy to whip together recipe for the holidays. Its chocolatey, buttery and crunchy and earns its fun name by being deliciously addictive.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Chilling Time:1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 227g unsalted or salted butter
  • 1 cup 220g packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 35-40 salted saltine crackers about 1 sleeve
  • 1 pkg 270g-300g 2 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Additional toppings like pecans almonds, flakey salt, crushed candy canes, or Christmas sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

Step 1 – Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Butter the aluminum foil. Butter a large spoon to use later. Set aside.

Step 2 – Prep the Saltine Cracker Layer

  • Spread a single layer of crackers all over the bottom of the pan. Fold over the edges of the tin foil to enclose the crackers. Set aside.
    A baking tray lined with saltine crackers when making saltine Christmas crack.

Step 3 – Make the Toffee Layer

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat. melt the butter, add the brown sugar and vanilla stir well. Bring to a rolling boil.
    Mixing toffee for a Christmas crack recipe. The crack recipe toffee is just starting to boil.
  • Once the Christmas crack toffee has started to boil, lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to boil the toffee for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. This image shows what mine looked like after the five minutes. Its thick and the bubbles are larger as they pop through the surface.
    Christmas crack toffee thats been boiling for five minutes. The toffee is thick with large bubbles on the surface.
  • Quickly pour the toffee over the crackers and spread to cover completely using the back side of the buttered spoon.
    Pouring the toffee layer for Christmas crack A layer of saltine crackers is being covered with brown sugar toffee for a Christmas crack recipe.
  • Once the toffee is spread, place in the oven and let bake until the toffee is bubbly. This will take about 5 minutes.

Step 4 – Chocolate Topping

  • As soon as you remove the toffee from the oven immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  • Let stand for 2-3 minutes until the chocolate starts to look shiny and soft enough to spread. Using a buttered spatula or knife spread the melted chips over the toffee.
    Using a spatula to smooth melted chocolate while making Christmas crack.
  • Place in the fridge uncovered until solid. This will take about 1-2 hours. Remove from foil and break into pieces using a large knife.
  • Sprinkle toppings of your choice over the chocolate.
    Christmas crack with crackers thats covered with melted chocolate and two kinds of sprinkles.

Notes

Our kitchen is cold this time of year which can make it harder for the chocolate chips to melt. If this happens, and the chips haven’t melted after a couple of minutes. Pop them back into the oven and watch them closely. As soon as they are melted remove from the oven and spread.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Christmas Crack Recipe
Servings: 40 pieces
Author: Leanna Forsythe
Cost: $5

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One Comment

  1. Bonnie Stewart says:

    5 stars
    Love this! Jordana and I will be making them for sure.

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