famous Christmas crack

Famous Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack, also known as Saltine Toffee, is a highly addictive and indulgent holiday treat that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family during the festive season. This sweet and salty confection features a layer of buttery toffee spread over a bed of saltine crackers, topped with rich chocolate and crunchy nuts. With its irresistible combination of flavors and textures, Christmas Crack is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition in your household. Let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to make this famous treat!


  • 1 sleeve (about 40) saltine crackers
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (such as pecans or almonds)
  • Optional toppings: sea salt flakes, sprinkles, crushed candy canes


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, making sure to leave some overhang for easy removal.
  2. Arrange the saltine crackers in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, covering the entire surface.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the packed light brown sugar and stir until dissolved and smooth. Allow the mixture to come to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and caramelized.
  4. Carefully pour the hot toffee mixture over the saltine crackers, spreading it out evenly with a spatula to cover all the crackers.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the toffee is bubbling and the crackers are golden brown.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the hot toffee layer. Let the chocolate chips sit for a few minutes to soften and melt.
  7. Once the chocolate chips have softened, use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the toffee layer, covering all the crackers.
  8. Sprinkle the chopped nuts evenly over the melted chocolate layer, pressing them gently into the chocolate.
  9. If desired, sprinkle additional toppings such as sea salt flakes, sprinkles, or crushed candy canes over the nuts for added flavor and decoration.
  10. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until the chocolate has set completely.
  11. Once set, use the parchment paper or aluminum foil overhang to lift the Christmas Crack out of the baking sheet. Transfer it to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut it into squares or break it into irregular pieces.
  12. Serve the Christmas Crack immediately, or store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Christmas Crack is a beloved holiday treat that’s as fun to make as it is delicious to eat. With its buttery toffee, rich chocolate, and crunchy nuts, this addictive confection is sure to spread joy and cheer to all who enjoy it. Whether packaged as homemade gifts or served as a festive dessert, Christmas Crack is a must-have addition to your holiday baking repertoire. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to experience the magic of Christmas Crack!

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