How to Make Toffee | Cracker Toffee

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  • Learn how to make toffee with easy step by step instructions and video. Cracker Toffee aka Saltine Toffee is a classic Christmas Candy that you can’t keep your hands off of!
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    I love making sweets that can be made on a whim, like those that require just a few minutes and only staple ingredients.  I learned how to make toffee in an elementary school cooking class and have been making it from memory ever since. It’s so easy a second grader can do it (I’m proof!)
    cracker toffee
    It doesn’t get any easier than this Cracker Toffee! It’s the ultimate shortcut recipe and like classic toffee it’s has a buttery, chocolatey sweet and salty taste you can’t resist! You don’t even need a candy thermometer like you do in so many Christmas candy recipes!
    saltine toffee
    I’m always receiving special requests for it. You’d never guess the secret that lies beneath the chocolate and buttery brown sugar layers in this saltine cracker toffee. That’s why it’s one of my favorite edible gifts to give, too! You can place an assortment in a small box or tin or in cellophane bags, tied with a ribbon and one of my “Wishing you a sweet Christmas” gift tags available to subscribers. Are you on the list? If not, you can join our community for the best recipes, entertaining ideas, home decor hacks and subscriber only benefits like free printables. Join here!
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    How to Make Toffee

    Preheat the oven.

    Line a jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet) with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

    saltine crackers on jelly roll pan

    Line with a single layer of saltine crackers. You can use Ritz crackers as well, but they don’t line up as well because of their circle shape. For a fun twist without the salt, you can even use graham crackers.

    In a saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil – about 3 minutes.

    butter and brown sugar mixture on crackers to make toffee

    Pour mixture over the crackers.

    Bake in the oven.

    Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and smooth on top (you can use white chocolate if you prefer).

    how to make toffee melted chocolate on top of crackers

    Optional: top your cracker toffee with sea salt….

    4 ingredient easy toffee recipe made with saltines. So easy, a kid can make it!


    Easy & amazing toffee recipe. You'll never know the secret that lies beneath!

    or M&M’s – your choice!

    homemade toffee

    Finally, cut into squares or triangles!

    cracker toffee topped with m and ms

    You can get the full printable recipe below.

    how to make toffee christmas crack

    To see how easy this Toffee Recipe is, watch the video in this post (new video coming soon!).

    how to make toffee


    How to Make Toffee (Cracker Toffee)

    Learn how to make toffee with easy step by step instructions and video. Cracker Toffee aka Saltine Toffee is a classic Christmas Candy that you can't keep your hands off of!

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword candy, chocolate, christmas, christmas candy, easy recipe, saltine crackers, toffee
    Servings 48
    Calories 74 kcal
    Author Julie Blanner


    • 1 sleeve saltine crackers can use more to fill your sheet if needed
    • 1 c butter
    • 1 1/2 c brown sugar packed
    • 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • salt optional
    • 1/2 c pecans


    1. Preheat oven to  400 degrees.

    2. Line cookie sheet with a sleeve of saltine crackers.
    3. In a saucepan on medium, combine butter and brown sugar. Stir continuously for 5 minutes.. When it comes to a boil, slowly pour mixture over crackers and spread with a spatula. {It doesn't have to be perfect!}
    4. Bake 5 minutes.
    5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips, allow a minute or two to melt, smoothing the chocolate with a spatula.
    6. Top with nuts, fresh cracked salt or M&M's.

    7. Once it has completely set {you can refrigerate to speed the process}, cut or break into pieces.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    Add toppings of your choice! Suggestions include:

    • almonds
    • walnuts
    • sea salt
    • M&M's
    • Reese's Pieces
    Nutrition Facts
    How to Make Toffee (Cracker Toffee)
    Amount Per Serving (48 g)
    Calories 74 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Cholesterol 10mg 3%
    Sodium 36mg 2%
    Potassium 21mg 1%
    Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
    Sugars 7g
    Vitamin A 2.4%
    Calcium 0.8%
    Iron 0.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Originally published September 21, 2011.



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