Christmas Crack

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  • This easy Butter Toffee recipe is one of my favorite holiday indulgences. I mean really, it is basically hardened caramel covered in chocolate. How could you go wrong?

    But this classic saltine toffee now goes by another name. Christmas Crack.

    Christmas Crack Toffee

    It got its name from being pretty cravable and then again from being made mostly at Christmas time. It was originally known as saltine toffee, but about a decade ago earned its street name, the slang Christmas Crack.

    I have a love for toffee; stick-to-my-teeth toffee. Whether it be just plain, dotted with nuts or drizzled with melted chocolate, I love every type, but my love for the salty and sweet flavor affinity makes any type of saltine cracker toffee my absolute favorite.

    Most recipes use plain old saltine crackers. Light and delicate, but covered in salt, these are the perfect base to be smothered in liquid gold butter toffee mix.

    But I like using Ritz crackers. They are essentially a buttery version of saltine. Still flaky and salty, but with more flavor in the actual cracker. Why not add more butter?

    Christmas Crack has historically been topped with shredded coconut or chopped nuts. Any type of chopped candy also works well. M&Ms are a family favorite.

    I like to top my saltine toffee off with a spread of chocolate, but you can make yours with or without. If you like this butter toffee, also check out my Candy Toffee and Bacon Chocolate Saltine Toffee.

    Tips & Troubleshooting

    • Make sure your toffee mixture comes to 285 degrees using a candy thermometer. This ensures it has reached the correct temperature to chemically change and also evaporate enough water out of the mixture to set correctly. Toffee can be temperamental.
    • Avoid making toffee on humid days. Just like not enough water evaporating out, if it is a super humid day, it can impact setting.
    • This toffee won’t be super hard and crunchy like peanut brittle.
    • If you have a little grittiness, it likely isn’t the sugar if you took care to let it dissolve. It is the crackers. Even after being slathered in a butter mixture, they will still retain a crumb.
    • Some folks reported their chocolate didn’t soften enough to spread. I’ve never had a problem just using a warm oven, but feel free to leave the oven heat on to ensure it being hot enough.

    All the perfect addition to your cookie tray and ideal for making ahead and taking to potluck parties. People always go ga-ga over toffee!

    In fact, you might even hear it referred to as Christmas Crack around the holiday season.

    Storage & Freezing

    Christmas crack is make ahead and freezer friendly. To store, simply place in an airtight container at room temperture in a dry and cool place. They can be refrigerated as well, but toffee tends to get a little hard.

    Christmas crack does freeze well. Wrap in freezer paper and then place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 months.


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    Heavy Bottom Sauce Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range.

    Offset Spatula – The best way to spread melted chocolate and frosting!

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    Christmas Crack Recipe

    Saltine Cracker Toffee is a classic butter toffee on top of crunchy, buttery crackers. Make this classic holiday treat in just 20 minutes using 5 ingredients!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time10 mins
    Cooling Time3 hrs
    Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: butter toffee, christmas crack, saltine cracker toffee
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 440kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, carefully folding the edges so you can easily lay the crackers flat.
    • Line baking dish with crackers. If using Ritz, the circles won't line up perfectly, so break a few into halves and do a second layer to cover holes. It doesn't need to look pretty.
      saltine crackers in a baking dish
    • In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently until fully combined and smooth. Allow it to reach 285 degrees using a candy thermometer and then let is stay at this heat for 3-4 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Mixture will spit a little, this is normal. Pour over crackers while hot. It will start to set immediately.
    • Bake for 8 minutes. Remove and turn off oven.
      toffee after being baked
    • Sprinkle top with chocolate chips, then return to the warm oven (oven is off, but warm). Allow to sit in warm oven for 1-2 minutes or until chocolate starts to glisten slightly. Using an offset spatula to smooth it out.
    • Using an offset spatula to smooth it out.
      offset spatula smoothing out chocolate
    • Remove, sprinkle with fleur de sel, and allow to cool slightly before putting the fridge to set. This will take several hours before toffee is easily cut.
      salt on toffee
    • Remove parchment paper and cut into squares.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.


    Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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