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This Christmas Crack recipe has been around for many years! You may know it as Saltine Cracker toffee but around here, we call it Christmas Crack!

Around here, the holidays mean lots and lots of baking. Yesterday, Kayla and I did something we have been wanting to do for a long time.

We made some delicious holiday treats (like my amazing Peanut Butter Buckeyes and my Praline Pecans) as well as some new to us recipes and delivered goodie boxes to friends and family.

She and I have been wanting to do this forever. We had some extra time yesterday so we set out to make goodie boxes filled to the brim with some of our holiday favorites — like this Christmas Crack.

This recipe literally takes about 20 minutes to prepare (and about an hour to chill) and uses only 4 ingredients (5 if you count the flaky sea salt my daughter put on top).

How to Make Christmas Crack

All you need to do is line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place your saltine crackers down in rows.

In a saucepan, combine your butter and brown sugar. Once it has melted together and gets a bit thick, you pour that over your crackers.

Now, pop in the oven for about 5-7 minutes. When it comes out, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and let it sit for a few minutes.

The heat from the crackers is enough to melt the chocolate. Now, using a knife, spread the chips around on top of the crackers.

Sprinkle flaked salt on top and place in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets up and the toffee sauce has hardened.

This blogger even gave this traditional Christmas candy a spin by adding pecans to the top and using Ritz crackers instead of saltines.

The funny thing is — we call this Christmas Crack because once you try one piece, you will be totally addicted and won't be able to stop eating it. The salt and sweet combo always make for a great holiday treat.

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Yield: 20 servings

Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack

This recipe will literally have you going back for seconds, thirds, fourths, and more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 35 saltine crackers (about one sleeve, enough to line your tray)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Flake sea salt for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a 10x15-inch sheet pan with nonstick aluminum foil, making sure that the foil completely covers the bottom and sides of the pan. If using regular foil, spray lightly with baking spray. Line the saltine crackers in a single layer on the bottom.
  2. Place the brown sugar, butter, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the butter melts. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 3 to 5 minutes, just until the mixture comes to a boil and starts to darken. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the hot brown sugar mixture over the saltine crackers. Spread to evenly coat the crackers.
  4. Move the pan to the oven and bake for 5 minutes. The caramel will be hot and bubbly.
  5. Remove from the oven and top with chocolate chips. Place back in the oven for a minute or two to soften the chocolate chips. Remove from the oven and use a knife to spread the chips out.
  6. Top with flaked sea salt and now place in the refrigerator to set. 
  7. Once set, break apart into pieces and enjoy! Try not to eat it all in one sitting.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

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Monday 31st of December 2018

Looks really good...and so easy to make! I can’t wait until it cools to give it a try. I’m hoping there is no difference in the recipe for high altitude and time of heating the toffee.


Friday 21st of December 2018

OH this is the perfect combo - sweet & salty! I would love to make these for my coworkers!


Friday 21st of December 2018

This couldn't look any more perfect for a Christmas homemade gift or treat! I have to put this on my weekend menu!

Dawn Nieves

Thursday 20th of December 2018

I don't know how I never had this before. It looks so good. I can't wait to try it.


Thursday 20th of December 2018

Christmas Crack is the best! I made some 4 weeks ago and my family really loved it so much!

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