This chocolate cracker toffee is one of my favourite holiday treats! It’s basically crackers, whether saltine, ritz, graham, etc., that are covered in crispy and buttery toffee and topped with chocolate and any optional extras, like peppermint candy cane bits, nuts, or even bacon! Caramel and toffee can be tricky to make but this recipe is pretty easy! You simply boil butter and brown sugar for a few minutes before pouring it over the crackers and baking it. Boiling the butter and sugar in the pan turns it into a caramel sauce and baking it in the oven brings it to the point of toffee, where it will turn into a crispy solid when it cools to room temperature. When the pan is pulled out of the oven, chocolate (chips or chopped) is sprinkled over the top of the still hot toffee and it melts enough that you can spread it out over the top really easily! The final component of the chocolate cracker toffee is topping it with any additional things while the chocolate is still wet so that they stick to the top! You can top these off with pretty much anything and this year I went with three different toppings, one with peppermint candy cane bits, one with chopped walnuts and one with bacon!
Chocolate toffee crackers keep well in the fridge for weeks so you can make it early and serve it throughout the holiday season! It also makes for an amazing holiday gift or present!
Is this the perfect homemade holiday food gift for Christmas?
Chocolate Cracker Toffee
Crispy toffee coated crackers topped with chocolate!
- 4 ounces crackers (saltine, graham, ritz, etc.) (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 cups (10 to 12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, chips or chopped
- Place the crackers in a single layer on the bottom of a baking pan.
- Place the butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan, bring to a roiling boil and cook for 5 minutes.
- Pour the mixture on the crackers and gently spread it out evenly over them.
- Bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the caramel is bubbling all over, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate on immediately, wait until the chocolate turns a dark glossy colour, about 30 seconds, and gently spread the chocolate over the top.
- Sprinkle any toppings on while the chocolate is still wet before letting it cool completely.
- When everything is set, break into pieces and enjoy.
Tip: Cover the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil to easily remove it from the pan.
Option: Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract into the caramel sauce.
Option: Add a pinch of salt to the caramel sauce.
Tip: The chocolate should melt from the residual heat of the toffee when it’s removed from the oven. If it does not, you can return the pan to the oven for a few seconds to melt the chocolate.
Option: Top with 1/2 cup nuts, chopped
Option: Top with 1/3 cup chopped candy cane
Option: Top with 1/3 cup sprinkles
Option: Top with 1/2 cup mini m&m’s
Option: Top with 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
Option: Sprinkle some coarse grained salt on for a sweet and salty combo!
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Jim Durrett says
Wow! Gotta make those.
JUDY BEEBE says
Please specify size of baking pan.
A 9×13 or larger pan will work!
The butter and brown sugar were boiling before i knew it. I poured it on the graham crackers and cooked them in the 400 oven for about 7 minutes. Then melted chocolate chips on top and then crushed walnuts. It is cooling now. May do another batch tomorrow with white chocolate and crushed candy canes. Looks great. And I’m using a new stove and oven.
Alissa Reed says
I’ve been putting off making this for while because I knew that if I do, I won’t be able to stop eating! And I was right! Made a batch this morning and it is so addictive!
Should maybe be nicknamed, “Chocolate Crack Toffee” to better express its amazing addictiveness. Such a great recipe, thank you!
Karen Merritt says
I first had these several years ago and it was called Christmas Crack! I love this but trying to spread the chocolate chips after they melted was sometimes difficult as the crackers would start shifting. Frustrated the heck out of me! Am I the only one this happens to? Suggestions?
Karen Merritt says
I’ve had the same issue! I feel your frustration!
Tess G. says
This is SOOOOO addictive!! I use dark chocolate, can’t stop eating them. Great for gift giving!!
Mary Williams says
it’s probably “healthier using the soda crackers, but I used to use Waverly Wafers instead; very buttery tasting. But now I should go with the soda crackers. Thanks for sharing.