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Christmas Crack

Saltine crackers are topped with a buttery toffee layer and then a smooth melted chocolate. Sprinkle chopped nuts or festive M&M candies to take this simple holiday treat over the top.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 16 servings



  •  Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil, making sure the foil covers the bottom and all of the sides of the pan. Spray the foil with baking spray. 
  • Line the bottom of the foil lined pan with the saltine crackers. 
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat cook the brown sugar, butter, and salt. Stir frequently. Once the butter is melted, bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Set a timer and boil the mixture for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. If using a candy thermometer or an instant read thermometer, the mixture should reach 265°F-275°F *
  • Pour the mixture over the saltine crackers and use a heat proof rubber spatula or off set spatula to spread the toffee in an even layer over the saltines. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • **See notes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips (or finely chopped chocolate) overtop. Let sit for 3-4 minutes or until melty. ***Spread the chocolate in an even layer.
  • Let chocolate set.
  • Once chilled and cool, gently lift the foil from the pan cut the Christmas crack into bite sized pieces. 
  • Store in an airtight container.


**You have two options for the chocolate. You can melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl at half power for 20 second increments (stirring well after each segment). Or you can place the chocolate chips overtop, let them melt overtop of the hot toffee, as noted in the instructions. The microwave method will result in a smoother chocolate appearance. 
***If the chocolate hasn't melted fully, you can place the pan in the oven for 1 minute to help the chocolate chips fully melt.


Calories: 273kcal (14%), Carbohydrates: 29g (10%), Protein: 2g (4%), Fat: 17g (26%), Saturated Fat: 10g (50%), Cholesterol: 32mg (11%), Sodium: 215mg (9%), Potassium: 80mg (2%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 22g (24%), Vitamin A: 378IU (8%), Calcium: 31mg (3%), Iron: 1mg (6%)