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A yummy dessert with crackers, brown sugar, chocolate chips and pecans

Cracker Candy Recipe
Author: A to Zebra Celebrations
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 40 mins

1 sleeve of saltine crackers
1 cup of real butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1 12oz chocolate chips
1 cup of pecans (optional)
Cover cookie sheet with foil. Crumble saltine crackers over cookies sheet.
In sauce pan melt butter and brown sugar. Cook 3-5 minutes or until mixture begins to boil over.
Pour mixture over crackers. Place in oven for 5 minutes at 400 degrees. Watch to make sure it does not burn.
Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over cookie sheet. Chips will begin to melt. Spread chocolate evenly over top of crackers and mixture. Sprinkle with pecans.
Refrigerate 20-30 minutes or until hard.
Remove from refrigerator and break apart.

The BEST Cracker Candy Recipe

This Cracker Candy Recipe is the ultimate Christmas treat: a buttery cracker covered in delicious toffee topped with melted chocolate and cookie crumbs. There may be lots of variations out there, but this is the best one you&rsquoll ever make!

This cracker candy recipe goes by a lot of names: Christmas crack, saltine toffee, cracker candy, crack candy, and toffee bark.

I knew it growing up simply as toffee.

Whatever you want to call it, most of the recipes out there call for saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate chips.

However, my recipe uses a buttery cracker and Hershey&rsquos chocolate instead which make the toffee even more flavorful and rich!

My husband loves this cracker candy so much that he&rsquos threatened to eat the entire pan while I&rsquom out shopping.

Cracker Toffee Recipe

What is tasty, easy to make, and serves as the easiest food gift during the holidays? Cracker Toffee. When saltine crackers came out in 1876, Southerners made sure they worked the soda cracker into a multitude of recipes. Alabama Firecrackers are all over the place during the summer, and many Southerners took a short cut when making toffee during the holidays. A saltine cracker is the perfect base for the chocolate and sugar confection. Of course, no one could actually agree on a name so this dessert has many: Cracker Toffee, Cracker Candy, Pine Bark, Toffee Bark, Faux Toffee, Saltine Sweeties, Fooler Toffee, and Christmas Crack. There are also many ways to make the toffee special by just switching up the ingredients. You can swap out the type of chocolate and/or nuts. How about dark brown sugar, butterscotch morsels, and toffee chips? Give your toffee a holiday touch with crushed candy canes in place of the nuts. All you have to do is maintain the concept and ratios and your toffee will turn out great. Most of the ingredients keep well in the pantry, so you can whip out a tray of this fine candy on short notice

What do I need to make cracker candy at home?

This recipe calls for just four ingredients and they&rsquore all pretty simple. You might have them all on hand right now in fact!

All you need to make a batch of this easy no bake cracker candy is marshmallows, butter, vanilla extract, and ritz crackers.

If you are feeling a little bit wild you can also add some chocolate into the mix. I like to add a thin layer to the top before cutting them, I usually just melt semi-sweet morsels and spread the melted chocolate on top.

Christmas Cracker Candy

Salted Caramel Crackers are a quick and easy recipe for delicious homemade sweetness. Just six simple ingredients, 20 minutes of your time, and a little patience while this whole dessert hardens. And so that there are no problems with cooking, I recommend reading the tips first, and then start cooking. Good luck and bon appetit!


  • 28 to 35 saltine crackers (about one sleeve, enough to line your tray)
  • 1 cup (220 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (225 g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (10 to 12 ounces) good-quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped


  1. preheat oven to 400 F. Line a 10-15 inch baking sheet with foil.
    Arrange 28 crackers in a single layer, side by side. Form sides from the free edges of the foil so that the caramel that we cook next does not flow onto the baking sheet.
  2. Place brown sugar, salt, and butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter has melted. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly for another 3-5 minutes, or until mixture begins to darken. Watch the mixture, the color should be caramel. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour hot caramel over the crackers so that they are completely covered. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a water bath or microwave, stir until smooth.
  5. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven, the caramel is very hot and will bubble. Wait a minute until the caramel stops bubbling. If the crackers have shifted due to the boil, adjust them with the tines of a fork until the caramel hardens. If you forget and the caramel hardens, put the baking sheet back in the oven until the caramel melts again.
  6. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and spread it with a spatula over the entire surface.
    Chill the caramel crackers gradually, first at room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.
  7. Turn the caramel crackers over and carefully remove the foil. Flip back over with chocolate and cut into portions with a large chef&rsquos knife. Store in a container in the refrigerator.


Cracker bars can be chewy due to the following reasons:

Poor quality butter. (Use good high-fat butter.)

The caramel was not boiling. (When the sugar has melted, bring the mixture to a boil and let sit for at least three minutes.)


Freeze and thaw saltine cracker desserts gradually. This is necessary to prevent delamination from a sharp temperature drop.

That is, first you cool the crackers in the refrigerator, then put them in the freezer. Allow them to thaw in the refrigerator before use, then at room temperature.


The shelf life of caramel crackers in the refrigerator is approximately two weeks. Shelf life in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Keep in mind that chocolate from long-term storage in the refrigerator may discolor and turn gray. This does not affect the taste, only the appearance.


I prefer to keep cracker candy with saltines in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

This is necessary so that the caramel does not melt at room temperature and does not become sticky.

Recipe Summary

  • 2 sleeves round buttery crackers (76 crackers), broken in half
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk chocolate morsels
  • ¾ cup toasted chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chopped white chocolate

Place crackers on a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined jellyroll pan.

Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring constantly cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Pour mixture over crackers.

Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Turn oven off. Sprinkle crackers with chocolate morsels. Let stand in oven 3 minutes or until chocolate melts. Spread melted chocolate evenly over crackers. Top with pecans and white chocolate. Cool completely, and break candy into pieces. Store in refrigerator.

Homemade Cracker Candy

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What is cracker candy? It's a simple homemade candy that uses crackers as a base. In our recipe for Homemade Cracker Candy we start with buttery crackers, which add a little bit of saltiness to our sweet confection. Then, we top those with a layer of caramel and a layer of chocolate before finishing off our candy with some chopped pecans. The results are so good, we're sure that once you give this cracker candy a try you'll be making it over and over again.

What You'll Need

  • 24 round buttery crackers
  • 3 / 4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks)
  • 3 / 4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 / 2 cup chopped pecans

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil lightly coat foil with cooking spray. Arrange crackers in a single layer in pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over crackers.
  3. Bake 5 minutes turn off oven. Sprinkle crackers with chocolate chips and let stand in oven 3 minutes, or until chocolate is melted. Spread chocolate evenly over crackers. Sprinkle pecans over chocolate.
  4. Refrigerate until firm, then cut with a sharp knife into pieces. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.


Looking for another recipe for cracker candy? Check out our recipes for Brickle Crunch (saltine cracker candy) and Break up Brittle (graham cracker candy)! Plus, don't forget to download our FREE eCookbook, Homemade Candy Recipes: 20 Old-Fashioned Recipes for Chocolate Candy, Fudge, & More.

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This is similar almost the exact same recipe I use when I make Passover candy (Jewish Holiday Passover) I use a jelly roll cookie sheet and I line it with tin foil and then with parchment paper that . I put the large unsalted Matzoh on the parchment paper. Make the butter and brown sugar mixture. Put in oven and take out as your directions. Spread the chips, choc, or butterscotch spread with a knife after about 5 mins. sprinkle on any type of nuts, I take a sifter and sprinkle on powdered sugar. Refrigerate. When cool break it up.

I made this but used unsalted saltines. Delicious!

I made this again for Christmas, but I used Club crackers, they fit in the pan easier and give it a buttery taste. I send it to friends and family and everyone loves it. It is very addictive. The salty and sweet together. Oh its so good!!

Really good but very sweet. Also extremely easy to make. Seems like I had it made in less than 5 minutes. It was a hit with the students where I teach. Think I am going to make for Christmas.

I made these last year for family gatherings at Christmas and New Years. These are very popular. People can't get enough of the sweet, salty, and buttery flavors, so I will be making these again. I'll make a batch for work for Halloween, and plan on making more for the winter holidays.

Been making this for years but always used saltine crackers before.. later I used the unsalted crackers and now I tried the round buttery crackers they are all very good and they all work well

can you freeze homemade cracker candy

Hi there! Yes, you can freeze this recipe for Homemade Cracker Candy, but please be aware that the color may change due to freezing. Enjoy!

This is so rich and satisfying! The butter crackers taste like a flaky pie crust! I prefer Club butter crackers to Ritz for this recipe. They're more delicate. I love the pecans, but you could use walnuts instead, and black walnuts if you love that earthy flavor. Black walnuts are more expensive and harder to find, but that's what makes that special nutty fudge taste so unique when you find it-black walnuts! I gew up with a stand of black walnut trees in a field next to my house. We used to pick them off the ground-the large round green spheres that would stain your hands black if you didn't wear gloves peeling off the thick, tough outer layers.

I have been wanting to try these forever. My slow cooker especially is very lonely, sitting atop of my fridge, collecting dust Waiting for one of the slow cook, cook books. I would love to give these recipes a try . Best of luck everyone. Merry Christmas.

I have made this before but without the pecans. I think they would be a great addition.

This is a simple recipe and I like all the ingredients. I would like to try them soon.

These were easy to make and ohh so delicious.

I made these last Christmas, I followed the recipe and they were fantastic. Everyone I gave them to loved them. Going to make again this year.

The chips actually don't look like they've melted until you spread them with a spatula. As you spread them, they melt into a nice gooey topping. These are delicious )

I made this last Christmas and followed the exact recipe and it is fantastic. All my family and friends loved it. I can't imagine it with saltines, the round buttery crackers give it that salty taste with all the sweet. Yum!!

I would personally make with saltines well because that's the way I saw it made on her show .. I also love sweet and salty mm yummy 3 hehehe Lol

I always use saltines. delicious!

I must tell the truth I saw Trisha Yearwood make these and never thought much about them until I found sugar free chocolate chips and a sugar free sub. to make the toffee part. So Thanks For The Recipe.

I must be gluten free and dairy free. Used GF crackers, Earth Balance 1/2 tsp. vanilla to mask the taste of Earth Balance. Turned out okay. sure miss the taste of butter( The "toffee" was runny/liguidy and not like the video. What can I do to thicken the "toffee"? Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

This was so delicious. And I can't believe how easy it was to make. Where was this recipe all of my life!

The chips did not melt. Got raves and requests for this recipe.

my chocolate chips didn't melt. I did use milk chocolate chips. Is that why

This is always a hit for every party, I make it with saltines! The sweet and salty is great!

My DH said this sounded good. Maybe I won't have to eat 95% of it myself.

can you use Hershey bars with almonds?

Hello! Unfortunately, you cannot use Hershey bars instead of the chocolate chips. The candy bar is milk chocolate and the chocolate chips are semi-sweet, which means they will harden better when melted.

I made this at fishing resort - I used Ritz crackers and cashews - a 1 gallon bag did not make it past the first bonfire - everyone there copied the recipe and my copy got "lost" I had to come back to Mr. Food for another copy - I am going to make it for a bake sale.

Made this years ago but forgot proportions. Quick, easy and good

This recipe was making the rounds under the name Christmas Crack because it's so addictive. I like a salty and sweet combo, so I skip the nuts and sprinkle seasonally colored M&M candies and broken up thin pretzel sticks on top, pressing lightly into the chocolate so they'll stay put.

boil the brown sugar & butter 1 minute for some reason this website deletes my entire posting oifItry to correct a word

I use saltine cracker and break pieces to fit any gaps 1 cup brown sugar & 1 cup butter m together 1 minute pour over crackers bake in oven a few minutes till good & bubbly pour a package of chocolate chips over pop back in oven a minute then spread with knife I also sprinkle with chopped walnuts while still warm

I found the "original" on a blog: it called for matzo and sprinkled sea salt onto chocolate layer, no nuts. I made this with saltines (and high quality chocolate) for my brother's Xmas present and he loved when he got an especially salty bite. So, for his BDay, I will sprinkle sea salt onto the warm chocolate. Have seen versions with other than nut garnish: additional crackers (crumbled), crushed peppermint hard candy, dried fruit. Whatever you want to use or add, I VERY STRONGLY RECOMMEND USING THE BEST CHOCOLATE you can afford AND letting the toffee cool a few minutes before adding the chocolate. So disappointing to wait for the candy to cool, only to find the chocolate is scorched and grainy, or has an off flavor.

I have made this recipe using graham crackers and mini choc chips, they melt quickly. Tastes like old fashioned butter crunch candy.

I have made this for years, it is a great way to use up stale crackers, as well as being delicious.

I use milk chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave(15 seconds, stir, repeat until smooth) then spread on crackers. easier than trying to spread chips.

this candy is fantastic and Oh! Soooo! easy.

Fantastic! Soooo easy to make.

When making this recipe I double it, using one with the saltines, the other with the buttery cracker, both are equally addictive. I also use the Hershey bar, easier to melt. For the topping I use both the toffee and pecans. I guess what ever trips your trigger. I got the calling for some chocolate so I guess I better start baking some CRACK. ''OOH ITS SO GOOD''

When I make this recipe, I make one with saltine, the other one with the buttery flavored cracker, both are equally addictive. I also use the Hershey bar, easier to melt. The topping I use both the toffee and pecans mixed. I got the calling for some chocolate, so I better start baking the CRACK. '' OOH ITS SO GOOD ''

Instead of the chocolate chips try Hershey Chocolate Bars. They melt quickly and are easier to smooth out.

Use Hershey Candy bars in place of the chips--they melt easier and are smoother when smoothed out.

I lowered the oven temp to 325 and cooked for 15 minutes turning the cookie sheet once during baking. These are a simple tasty candies that can be made in minutes!

I tried this twice and the chocolate chips did not melt. I even tried to put the oven temp. higher and the burned.

Member 3175742- The chips don't LOOK melted, although they are. That's what I thought too. They'll actually spread though.

I have made this before, and I tell you, it is crackalackin good! And so easy to make!

I made these with saltines, but I couldn't get the brown sugar mixture to get firm.I cooked for the full 3 minutes.What could be wrong?

You need to let the brown sugar mixture to heat to soft ball temperature, it starts at 324F. If you do not have thermometer, when ready a small amount of syrup dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but flattens when picked up with fingers

Sounds Easy and oh soooo good with the crunch, sweet and salty. Defiinitely a treat for Fall and Holiday, in my home and for Bake Sale. Keep these easy and good ones coming.

I have made this recipe except I use saltine crackers and chopped pecans. Nice to see other crackers work also! :-)

I have used Cinnamom Graham crackers too.

I have made these for several years except I use graham crackers.

I made this every Christmas or for Graduation Parties for the family. It's Good for you with the dark chocolate and they are addictive. Nice crunch and sometimes on the ends it is sometimes chewy goodness. Yeah these are Easy, Fast & Wonderful Treats

So easy to make, and oh sooo goood. Thank you so much for a new family favorite : )

I have made this twice now. The first time with buttery crackers. with part semi-sweet chips and peanut butter chips. The loved the combo of the chips but thought it was almost too sweet. Next time i made it with saltines and just semi-sweet chips. I thought it was better . not so sweet. Used Walnuts both times instead of Pecans. they are my nut of choice. I will make them again. with the combo of chocolate/peanut butter chips. but I will definately use saltines.

We call this "CRACK" candy because it is so addicting and yummy!

We have been making these for a few years now, we always use saltines. Also I would suggest only 1/2 the chocolate, as others have mentioned. One cup is plenty and makes a well-balanced treat. Two cups is too chocolately, we tried it once and didn't like it as well.

those candies look so delicous. Going to try them this afternoon, I know my grand kids will love them. Thanks Mr. Food.

I agree about using half the chocolate and my recipe, from Mr. Food, calls for a 15 x 10 pan.

I used half the chocolate

I made this with saltine crackers and doubled the butter and brown sugar. I also used milk chocolate chips. This way they tasted alot better. I will have to try the buttery crackers.

I actually use the saltine crackers. In fact I purchased some last week and then couldn't remember why for the life of me I bought them, since I never do. Thanks for the reminder. Will drag out my recipe and make my version since I aready know it's a keeper.

This has been a favorite for years we use soda crackers. Should be a warning posted, it is so addictive my son named it Cocaine Cookies.

yes we call them crack candy! very good!

I make this for Passover, using matzo. It's known as "Matzo Crack" because it is so insanely addictive. I sometimes use white choc chips as well as semi-sweet for a yummy swirly effect.

Exceptional! So fast and easy, and my kids love these.

my mom made these when i was a kid. i"ve been looking for this recipe. Thanks.


Has anyone tried this with crushed pretzels?

That sounds tasty. Bet graham crackers would work too. Tried it with club crackers and liked the saltines better.


I make Pine Bark which is pretty much the same as this recipe except I use 1 sleeve of saltines & you add almond extract to the butter & brown sugar. Yum! That recipe is Paula Deen's & it's on the Food Network website.

Nope. not hers. That recipe was around before Paula Deen entered the Food Network Stage. It's on a recipe card passed down from my grandma and I'm sure she copied it from somewhere.


I am going to try them this afternoon, I can't wait.

I make this often! nuts and toffee are great together!

I use one sleeve (40) saltines. No nuts. Easy,fast and delicious..

I don't like nuts so I was thinking of substituting toffee chips!

I love toffee bits, thanks for the suggestion, that will be a great substitution

I have used toffee bits even better is brickle bits because they have some chocolate with them. Yummy. Arlene

I make these with graham crackers,equally good.

Mr. Foods, I love you and your recipes.

My friend makes this using saltine crackers, and always makes a double batch. The combination of sweet, salty and chocolate is amazing!

this is very close to a recipe I make at Passover using Matzo crackers. But after making the caramel sauce and poured over crackers we bake it in the oven and then put chocolate over--this recipe seems a bit simpler and easier--thanks for sharing.

I've made these for years using graham cracker squares.

Sounds good to me , I will try this recipe for a pot luck at church for the sweet table .

Sounds like the mock "English Toffee" we make during the holidays. Note if you cooke the sugar and butter on the stove watch it closely. Easier way is to simply melt butter in microwave and add brown sugar. Stir until dissolved then pour over crackers (we use saltines).

Since there is no picture I am not sure what you mean by miniature round buttery crackers, do you mean like Ritz miniatures? I had a recipe about like this that used plain soda crackers but something "buttery" sounds even better

barb, I have a recipe that I have used for over 30 ys that used soda crackers. I'll have to try the buttery mini crackers. Sounds good.

so what kind of crackers and how many

It doesn't say mini crackers just round ones like Ritz crackers.

Sounds wonderful and easy. Can't wait to try it.

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Pecan "Turtle" Christmas Cracker Candy

My idea behind this one -- aside from a straight-up love of pecans -- was a "turtle" version of Christmas Cracker Candy. Turtle candies are made with chocolate-coated caramel and pecans, and this cracker candy delivers all those same elements.

Of course, you could switch up the pecans for any other kind of nut. Hazelnuts would be amazing, as would walnuts or chopped almonds.

As with the walnut and cranberry version, I recommend toasting your pecans (or whatever nuts you choose) before using them to give them a nuttier flavor and crunchier texture.

Watch the video: Cracker - Low Official Video


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