Saltine cracker toffee {gramma’s recipe}

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Saltine cracker toffee recipe -seriously addicting and only takes 15 minutes to make!

With Mother’s Day coming up I thought I would share one of my gramma’s favorite recipes: Saltine cracker toffee. My Gramma is such a wonderful Mother and Grandmother and I strive to be like her daily.

There are three things you can always find at gramma’s house. 1.Tang 2. Homemade caramels and 3. Saltine cracker toffee. Okay I lied… you can usually find ice cream, chocolate covered raisins and lots of other yummy treats too. My grampa has a sweet tooth and I think I inherited it. ;) I was lucky enough to get some of this saltine cracker toffee on my visit this past weekend. It’s such a super easy and yummy recipe! Give it a try. It will soon be one of your favorites too!

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I always love watching my gramma and grampa bake together. They are so sweet!

saltine cracker recipe

Saltine cracker toffee

Ingredients:

  • 50 saltine crackers (approx.)
  • 2 sticks butter, cubed
  • 1 cup soft light brown sugar, packed

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
2. Line 9×13 jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with cooking spray and then line pan with saltine crackers.
3. Place butter in a medium sized pot over low medium/low heat. Stir until butter is slightly melted then add sugar. Once butter is melted, bring to a boil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until it thickens. Stir constantly. You want the butter and sugar to be combined and a caramel color.
4. After 3 minutes, remove pan from heat and pour evenly over saltine crackers. Spread mixture with a knife… however it doesn’t have to be perfect.
5. Place pan in oven and bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Do not over bake. The mixture will spread evenly over the crackers as it bakes.
6. Remove pan from oven and then take foil off of the pan. Allow the toffee to cool and then break pieces off of foil.

You can also place 1/2 cup chocolate chips on top right when it comes out of the oven. Allow the chocolate to melt and then spread it out with a spatula, then freeze for 20 minutes. Sometimes I add slivered almonds as well.

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Saltine cracker toffee recipe...15 minute toffee! Super easy to make and seriously addicting!

  I can’t wait to share more of her recipes with you. Here’s another version I made by adding the chocolate and m&m’s on top. :)

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152 comments on “Saltine cracker toffee {gramma’s recipe}”

  1. I don’t dare get near that recipe! lol Looks way too good! What a sweet photo of you and your grandma, and such a great thing that she shared her recipes with you!

  2. That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing Jamielyn!

  3. We did that too, but after we poured the toffee mixture, we put milk chocolate chips and as they melted, spread it around. So a chocolate/toffee saltine treat. MMMmmmm! Now I gotta make em!

  4. love it

  5. I make this with the chocolate on top and sprinkle with pecans. In fact, I made it this weekend … and remembered why I don’t make it much. It’s almost gone already!

  6. How cute that your grandparents bake together! Excited to make this soon! Pinned already…

  7. My daughter calls this “candy crack” because it is addicting! I add chopped pecans and choc. Chips to each cracker before baking.

    • One of my co-workers makes this and we call it “crack” too! She puts M&M’s and broken pretzels on it. Soooo good! I like the idea of chopped nuts.

  8. Holly @HollyPop Designs Reply

    Look too good! Another recipe I will have to try!

  9. Yummy!! And I’m sure, fairly addicting! :)

  10. Love this recipe! I used to make this for all my siblings growing up…I’m the oldest and was the one always in the kitchen…as I am now. (= Thank you for sharing this recipe to bring me back to the good ol’ days!

  11. Oh Jamielyn! These look SO yummy!! I can’t wait to try! It was so good to meet you in person last weekend! I have been following your blog for awhile so had to admit I was a wee bit star struck, haha! Congrats to your sister for graduating! I hope you’re having a fabulous week so far! Hugs!
    ~Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

  12. I make these with sectioned graham crackers and sprinkle chopped pecans on the top before baking!

  13. Oops! Added comment before making it. I’m so glad I started following you on Pinterest, this sounds so yummy and E A S Y.

  14. These look so fun! I think my kids will loving making a batch of these. I love the picture of you and your grandma, so sweet! <3

  15. This is a staple in my family. After we pour the hot toffee mixture on top, we sprinkle it with chocolate chips, then spread them out once they’re melted.

  16. This looks like one of those sneaky recipes you should not know ;) Sort of like the Ritz cookies we make at Christmas, but I had to pin it anyway. lol. What a sweet pic of you and your gramma :)

  17. OMG…I literally JUST threw these together…as in…when you see my comment it was less than 10 min. ago that I THREW THIS TOGETHER! I was so excited to try it I took one piece threw it in the freezer to cool and OMG…I MEAN OH MY GREAT AND WONDERFUL GOD! Your grandmother knows what she is doing :). GREAT GREAT GREAT…yep that’s right 3 capitol greats! While be making a hundred times just this week! GREAT GIFT IDEA!!!!!

  18. OMG I love this..

  19. Such a great dessert or gift! I add chocolate and chopped pecans:) yummy.

  20. I love saltines. this sounds like such a yummy snack!

  21. How long will these keep? I’m thinking of how far ahead of time I’ll be able to make these once Christmas rolls around.

  22. I just have one question… what temperature do you cook the saltine cracker toffee in the oven? and how do you know its done?

  23. My grandma made a dip with the the brown sugar and butter and spread it on the crackers. She called it larup. Sooo yummy. Never thought about cooking it but it sounds yummy!

  24. I’ve made these with graham crackers and funny I should see this recipe because I’ve been craving them recently.

  25. The first time I made this is was a huge success, but I used light brown sugar. The second time it went bad, and I used dark brown sugar. There must be something about less molasses in the sugar that makes these chewy and good! With the dark brown sugar it turned into sugary molasses taste, but no toffee.

    • I’ve only used light brown sugar when making these! Thanks for letting us all know that dark brown sugar doesn’t work!

      • Hi,
        Thanks for sharing your recipe! I actually tried Trisha Yearwood’s recipe a year ago, burning the toffee/caramel part. Then I saw your recipe–you made it seem so easy and simple that I couldn’t stop myself from trying to make it too. I did exactly as you instructed, and I didn’t burn the toffee this time! It’s so yummy!

        I always buy dark brown sugar, and I think it tastes like toffee. It doesn’t taste like just sugary molasses at all.

        Thanks again!

      • I’m glad it worked out so well for you Chrissy! Thanks for your comment!! This recipe is definitely a favorite during this time of year!

      • I used another recipe that called for dark brown sugar and it din’t turn out . So I will try it again with golden yellow sugar and hope it turns out with this recipe.

      • Mine always works best with light brown sugar! Hope you enjoy!

  26. If you layer the crackers does the toffee seep inbetween or do you do one layer and then the next? Looks awesome.

  27. I made this from a Paula Deen recipe several years ago and can definitely vouch that it’s easy, dangerous and SO good! The Paula Deen recipe added chocolate chips on top, let them melt then spread it. Makes it extra dangerous but totally worth it!

    • This recipe is really yummy with chocolate chips on top too! And if you add m&m’s…it is even better! Love this recipe! Thanks for stopping by Justin!

  28. This looks so easy and yummy! Can the crackers be layered in the pan or do they have to be a single layer? Thanks!

    • You can do either way! I like doing a single layer so the toffee coats them on the top and bottom and they look prettier…but my grandma layers them every time! Hope you enjoy! :)

      • Working on quitting smoking & trying not to eat everything in sight but want to try this! Will make them, eat one..or two..and give them to my daughter! Going to try to find those mini M&M’s to use too. Love that you are making such sweet memories with your grandma.

      • I hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Mini M&M’s would be perfect with these! :)

  29. Thank you thank you thank you! We used to go over to a friend of the family after Sunday school and she always had this and I absolutely loved it and couldn’t find the recipe.

  30. Thank you, I was so happy to find this recipe. An elderly Volunteer at my hospital used to make these for us and they were so delish!! Can’t wait to make for my o-workers.

  31. I made these today, they taste really good but they don’t look like yours.. The toffee never thinned out when I cooked it in the oven. Not sure if I cooked the toffee too long or not long enough? When you melt the butter and cook it for 3 minutes, do you wait till it come to a boil and start timing from there or from the time the butter and sugar are melted together?

    • Hi Sandy! Once it comes to a boil, start timing for 3 minutes! I hope that helps, I’m sorry the toffee didn’t thin out when you cooked it. I hope it turns out better next time! :)

  32. Thanks for not calling this “crack” candy.

  33. Fantastic, thanks for posting your family recipe. I made this for my
    Daughter in law’s baby shower. Everyone loved them. Thank you again for sharing your recipe.

  34. This sounds delicious! Does it matter what type of butter you use (un/salted)?
    Thanks.

  35. When do you put the chocolate chip on  before or after you bake it?

  36. What does it mean by “soft” brown sugar?

  37. Thank you so much for posting this! I made it have been looking for my grandmothers recipie for years on this since she passed away 5 years ago and this was not in her box. I never knew it was so easy. My mother busted down in tears after having some. 

  38. looks good! you forgot to say how much sugar to add though.

  39. Cant wait to try the recipe. But was very touched by the elderly hands making it   You are lucky to still have your grandmother!

  40. Have made twice this week! Sprinkle with pecans before “syrup” and bake. YES! Addictive.   Yum, yum, eat ‘um up!

  41. I was just wondering if I can use Ritz instead of saltines?

  42. Do you think I could send this for a family gift via the mail?

  43. don’t it make the crackers soggy ?

  44. Yum! My mom makes this with graham crackers!

  45. I have seen several things I want to try. I have a b

  46. Most awesome, just made it, tried before chocolate even set,  yummy!

  47. I make thIs with Butterscotch chips.  Soooo yummy!

  48. This is delicious and smells incredible.  They are cooling on my counter now and I’ve already pulled out two to taste!  Yum!!

  49. Simply sumptuous 

  50. i ❤️ all the recipes you’ve chosen to share, thank you!

  51. these are fantastic! I always put chocolate chips on top and melt, let cool and break into pieces. My family absolutely loves these!!!

  52. Does the caramel mixture melt and coat the crackers beneath the top layer?

  53. Especially good with Keebler Club Crackers( they have a buttery flavor) sprinkled with slivered almonds.  Always a hit around our house.

  54. Sherida Houlihan Reply

    I had forgotten about this but my mother made this for us when we were kids.  It was always such a special treat.  Thanks for the memory and the recipe!

  55. Wow – what a great idea.  I was looking for an easy, different recipe for my ballroom dance party group…. this fits the bill – can’t wait to try!

    Love your site.

  56. recipes look  good  looking forward to making them

  57. I’ve made this by adding different flavored baking chips and chopped nuts, too, and it’s always a big hit!

  58. I just read about grand ma and pa story in there devilish treats. I’m going to try the saltiness ones. That in it self looks good. Thanks for sharing there gift. 

  59. I WANT THESE NOW. LOVE TOFFEE AND CHOCOLATE! DOESN’T LOOK TOO HARD TO MAKE.

  60. Can’t wait to try this

  61. Mariann from Switzerland Reply

    As I am in Switzerland I don’t know the weight of the butter in the ingredients. Can you please give me the weight in gramms, sounds delicious! Thanks a lot!

  62. SaraJane Wurster Reply

    Can  hardly wait to try them!    :)

  63. Rosemarie Broderick Reply

    Don’t have jelly pan. What pan can I use?

  64. Would you believe I made these with cheese crackers and peanut butter chips…..it was fantasticly delicious!  Also sprinkled on chopped peanuts.  The toffee with cheese-it crackers and peanut butter chips and peanuts made for such a great treat!

  65. Looks great! Making it this weekend!

  66. Love this used to make something similar but forgot how to make, cannot wait to try

  67. Now this sounds easy and yummy!!!!  And quick to do!!
    I’m sure gonna try this receipe!! The salty cracker and the toffee, chocolate has to make a great match!!!!  

  68. Can you make them ahead of time?   Shelf life?

  69. Can you melt the chocolate and then pour over toffee?  I had a hard time spreading the chocolate….so it definitely did not look good!  But was delicious. 

  70. Love to bake-thank you

  71. I made this and I want to know if I can freeze it?

  72. Hey question… Did you just put down one layer of crackers? Did they float when you put the mixture on top? When you broke it into pieces was there toffee in the bottom? Is it supposed to be chewy or crunchy?  Sorry so many questions!!

  73. Awesome, will try it…very simple the way I like it

  74. I don’t overlap my crackers and sprinkled coconut over the chocolate. I tried m & m’s last year and it make it too crunchy. And yes, it is delicious.

  75. Theresa Mauriello Reply

    Thank you for your delicious recipes!

  76. It seems so delicious i’ll try it

  77. Found this recipe yesterday, made them finite.  I forgot to cut up my butter & didn’t realize to stack them.  They taste buttery, salty & delish! But my cracker’s came out soft.  I HV put them in the freezer to see will they turn hard. Maybe I didn’t cook them long enough, will be making these again this wkend. Thanks

  78. Has anyone ever tried this recipe with Ritz crackers?!!!
    Its what I have in stock.

  79. Use popped plain popcorn instead of saltines?

  80. These are WONDERFUL!! My kids and I had a great time making them together. Thank you! 

  81. About how many pieces does one batch make? I realize that it could change from batcg to batch… but I have a specific amount I need to make for a cookie exchange do was curious as I’ve never made this before. 😊

  82. Just an almost 90 year old and wife that still love and are able to eat almost anything and love to communicate with folks of our age bracket. Memories and love are our daily medication

    GOD BLESS and thank you

  83. please help does two sticks of butter mean full sticks. You know how butter comes in quarters now. what is the amount in tablespoons
    thanks

  84. how do you keep all the toffee from running under the crackers?

  85. can this be frozen??

  86. salted or unsalted tops on the crackers?

  87. When you put a recipe on line you can’t just assume that everyone knows how much a stick of butter is.  Please put the weight in future as in my country we do not use butter  in sticks but in 500 gm blocks. 

  88. What kind of butter? Real or margarine?

  89. Do yoi have a recipe using cornflakes and karo syrup?

  90. I had these at a church Christmas party,and tried making a batch right away. Mine didn’t turn out quite like hers, so looked online to see if I could find another one and see if I might have missed something .
    My recipe is almost the same, except it calls for only 1 stick of butter.
    My problem was that it didn’t soak under the crackers on the sides; did fine in the center though.
    Could that be a function of not enough butter, or could it be that I packed my crackers too tightly together. Used only 1 layer, but didn’t have any space between them. Am going to try them again this week but will lay the saltines looser in the pan. Am going to continue with only 1 stick of butter unless I hear from you before that the butter may be one of my problems.
    By the way, I used dark brown sugar and the toffee itself was perfect. (perhaps less butter?)

    • Hi Grace! If you are using 50 saltine crackers I would recommend using 2 sticks of butter! You could put more space in between your crackers to help the toffee go all around the crackers. :)

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