How to Make Toffee | Cracker Toffee

LAST UPDATED: May 04, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 16, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

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! Perfect to give as a holiday food gift and so easy and quick to make.

Two pieces of saltine cracker toffee on a white plate

Originally published September 21, 2011, updated with new photos December 2018, more details and video November 2019.


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!).


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!

To Make This Cracker Toffee, You Will Need:

You just need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty sweet treat!

  • Crackers – You can also use Saltine Crackers, Ritz Crackers, even Graham Crackers!
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your choice!
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips – Semi-Sweet are my favorite, but you can use milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate.


  • Pecans
  • M&M’s
  • Sprinkles
  • Sea Salt Flakes

How to Make Toffee – Step by Step Instructions

To see how easy it is to make cracker toffee, watch the video in this post!

It won’t take you any longer than twenty minutes to make these toffee treats, and the recipe makes a huge batch! I promise you everyone will be asking for this recipe and they won’t believe how simple it is!

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

Crackers on jelly roll pan

  • In a saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil – about 3 minutes.
  • Pour mixture over the crackers and spread.

butter and brown sugar mixture on the crackers

  • Bake in the oven.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and smooth on top.

Melted chocolate on top of the crackers

  • Optional: top your cracker toffee with sea salt….

Salt sprinkled on top of the chocolate


Nuts sprinkled on top of the chocolate

or M&M’s – your choice!

  • Cut into squares or triangles when cool.

cracker toffee topped with m and ms

This Recipe is Perfect For Holiday Food Gifts

Remember, it’s not just for Christmas either – sprinkle it with red, white and blue sprinkles for 4th of July or red hearts for Valentine’s. Don’t limit yourself to just having this saltine cracker toffee just once a year!

I’m always receiving special requests my cracker toffee! 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.

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cracker toffee pieces on a white plate

How Long Does Saltine Cracker Toffee Last?

This sweet and salty homemade candy will last for up to a week, when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Separate the layers with parchment. Saying that, I’d be surprised if it stays around that long – everyone will want a piece! You can easily double or triple this recipe for a bigger batch!

M&M topped saltine cracker toffee

Top Tips On How To Make Toffee

  • Keep your eye on the toffee while boiling. Make sure you boil it for 3 minutes (set a timer if needed) so it doesn’t burn.
  • Use a heat-proof spatula to spread the toffee and chocolate layers.
  • For the chocolate, we use a good quality semisweet chocolate. You can use milk or dark chocolate if you prefer.
  • Not a fan of a good swirl? How about topping the chocolate with chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, pretzels, M&M’s, sprinkles… the options are endless!
  • Be prepared to give out the recipe. People will be asking you for it!

homemade toffee on a white plate

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how to make toffee

How to Make Toffee (Cracker Toffee)

Julie Blanner
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!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48
Calories 74 kcal


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to  400 degrees.
  • Line cookie sheet with a sleeve of saltine crackers.
  • 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!}
  • Bake 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips, allow a minute or two to melt, smoothing the chocolate with a spatula.
  • Top with nuts, fresh cracked salt or M&M's.
  • Once it has completely set {you can refrigerate to speed the process}, cut or break into pieces.



Add toppings of your choice! Suggestions include:
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • sea salt flakes
  • M&M's
  • Reese's Pieces
  • crushed peppermint
Store in an airtight container at room temperature or refrigerated for us to a week. 


Serving:48gCalories:74kcalCarbohydrates:7gFat:5gSaturated Fat:2gCholesterol:10mgSodium:36mgPotassium:21mgSugar:7gVitamin A:120IUCalcium:8mgIron:0.1mg
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