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Christmas Crack

With just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes, you can make this Christmas crack toffee. Layering salty crackers with sweet toffee and chocolate creates a holiday treat that everyone will love. 

If you love toffee, don’t miss my toffee recipe, toffee cookies and graham cracker toffee.

Christmas crack stacked on a white plate.
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Grandma’s Cracker Toffee

I’m super excited to start holiday baking and make some more of this delicious Christmas crack. It is one of my favorite Christmas desserts and it only takes about 15 minutes to make!

I’m sure many of you that have awesome grandma’s have tried this Christmas crack recipe before. I shared my grandma’s saltine cracker toffee over the summer and this is just a glorified version with chocolate and m&m’s (or almonds) on top.

In my opinion, everything tastes better with chocolate and the M&M’s make it so festive. You could also top your Christmas candy crack with crushed saltines, sea salt, toasted coconut, slivered almonds, pecans or heath bits.

Why this Recipe Works

  • Salty and sweet. Two of my favorite flavors come together in a chewy and crunchy treat.
  • 4 ingredients. This is all it needs to make the base of this addictive Christmas crack.
  • Quick. It takes so little time to make this Christmas sweet that you can do it even on your busiest holiday days.

Just 4 Ingredients

Made from pantry ingredients, this Christmas crack couldn’t be easier to make.

Christmas crack ingredients on marble counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Saltines: The saltiness of this beloved cracker works perfectly with the caramel and chocolate.
  • Butter: I use salted butter because I love the flavor of salted caramel.
  • Brown sugar: The deep flavor brown sugar provides is key to making this toffee really shine.
  • Chocolate chips: I use milk chocolate chips to make the melted chocolate layer, but you can opt for white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or even peanut butter chips.
  • Toppings: I choose red and green M&Ms to keep the candy festive, but nuts are also really great as a topping.


This Christmas crack candy is so versatile and can be modified so many different ways! Below are a few of my favorite ways to make it.

  • Peppermint graham cracker: Graham crackers with white chocolate and crushed candy canes.
  • Chocolate Ritz Christmas crack: Ritz crackers with chocolate and sliced almonds.
  • White chocolate pretzel: Pretzels crisps with white chocolate and Rudolph candies or sprinkles.
  • Graham cracker toffee: Graham crackers with chocolate and chopped almonds.

How to Make Christmas Crack

Beware…this candy crack toffee is seriously addicting! For step-by-step photos for making the toffee, make sure to check out this saltine cracker toffee recipe.

The process of making Christmas crack in a four step photo collage.
  1. Prepare: Line a pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Then spread the saltine crackers out evenly.
  2. Make the caramel: Boil the brown sugar and butter for 3 minutes.
  3. Bake: Pour evenly over crackers and bake for 8 minutes.
  4. Spread: Once it’s done cooking sprinkle chocolate chips on top and let melt. Spread out until smooth and top with M&M’s or nuts. Then try not to eat all in one sitting.

Expert Tips

  • Candy thermometer. Though it isn’t necessary, if you are worried about getting the caramel right, you can use a candy thermometer to make sure it reaches a temperature of 270°F to 290°F.
  • Pan size. A large jelly roll pan works best for this recipe, but any type of large, rimmed baking sheet will work.
  • Butter. The key to this is real butter so do not substitute for margarine.
Christmas crack stacked on a white counter.

Recipe FAQs

What is Christmas Crack made of?

All you need is saltine crackers, butter and brown sugar.

What other toppings can I use on this Christmas Crack?

Quite honestly, the sky is the limit. Try it with you favorite nuts, dried fruits, candies, or even festive sprinkles.

Can I add vanilla extract to the caramel layer?

Of course! I typically find that brown sugar has such a depth of flavor it doesn’t need vanilla, but a splash never hurt anyone.

Why is my Christmas crack chewy?

First, make your that the saltine crackers you used were not expired! Other reasons might be that the toffee was not cooked long enough or did not cool all the way. If it’s too soft and chewy you can cook it in the oven a couple more minutes.

Why is it called Christmas crack?

Because it is made with crackers and once it has cooled you crack (or break) into pieces.

How to Store

Storage: Store this Christmas cracker candy in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Freeze: Keep these in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag in the freezer up to 3 months.

Christmas crack with almonds on top.

Want more classic holiday cookie ideas to add to your list?! Here are my soft molasses cookies, traditional Christmas sugar cookies, or these famous peanut butter blossoms.

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Christmas Crack Recipe

4.99 from 181 votes
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Author: Jamielyn Nye
You are going to want to put this Christmas crack toffee on your MUST MAKE list this year. It takes SWEET and SALTY to a whole new level and it only takes 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to make!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Freeze Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 30



  • 50 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter , cubed
  • 1 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ – 1 cup M&M’s , or chopped nuts or sliced almonds


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Line the bottom of the pan evenly with saltine crackers.
  • In a medium pot, combine the butter and sugar over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a rolling boil and cook 3 minutes, or until bubbling and amber in color. Remove pan from heat and pour evenly over saltine crackers. Spread brown sugar mixture with a knife–it doesn’t have to be perfect because it will spread as it bakes.
  • Bake 7 to 9 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Once melted, spread evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle M&M’s (or nuts) over the top and place in the freezer 15 minutes, or until hardened.
  • Let sit 15 minutes on the counter. Flip over onto a cutting board and remove the foil. Break into pieces.


  • Use ritz or graham crackers as the base
  • Use a white chocolate or drizzle white chocolate over the top of the chocolate
  • Add chopped nuts
  • Add sprinkles for holidays or color 
Storage: Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
Freeze: Keep these in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag in the freezer up to 3 months.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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