This foolproof Cracker Toffee recipe comes together fast and has only 3 basic ingredients! Often referred to as ‘candy crack’, Cracker Toffee is totally addicting! It’s a fun dessert or snack for kids and the flavor options are endless!
Crackers and dessert seem like an unusual pairing…
If you’ve never had Cracker Toffee, I can imagine it sounds a bit strange to make a dessert from crackers, but I promise it’s awesome. For those of you who are familiar with it, you know what a fun, easy and ADDICTING treat this is to make.
Here’s the rundown. You basically lay rows of crackers (saltines) on a cookie sheet, boil sugar and butter together and pour it over the crackers. Then, you bake it off in the oven until fully caramelized, top with chocolate chips and voila! It’s really that easy.
I’ve been growing up with this toffee since I was a little kid and my mom still makes it all the time. The version we always made was the standard; saltines, topped with chocolate and chopped walnuts. Me being me though, I had to shake it up...
Aside from the actual ‘toffee’ part, you can totally experiment with all of the other elements.
Different chocolate, assorted toppings…heck, you can even swap out those saltines for graham crackers (btw- chocolate graham crackers are the besssst) .
My other favorite thing to do with this toffee, is to make it completely plain, crumble it up and use it to add a soft crunch to ice cream.
While this only a 15min, 3 ingredient recipe……there are some things you should know in order to achieve perfect toffee.
how to make cracker toffee
I always use unsalted saltine crackers and unsalted butter. I’m a hardcore salted butter gal, but I prefer the lack of salt in this recipe. I feel like you can taste the milkiness of the butter better when there’s less salt.
The salted top crackers are just way too salty and as most people say, it’s just better to have full control of the amount of salt that goes in your recipe. If you’re into the salty/sweet thing, definitely get yourself some flaky sea salt and sprinkle that on top of the melted chocolate. That way, you’ll get the exact salty bite you’re looking for.
Second, make sure you bake your toffee long enough. 15 minutes is the right amount of time for my oven to achieve a medium-deep golden brown. Just make sure you keep an eye on the tray while it’s in the oven. It can over-bake quickly!
And as a side note, when you lay down the crackers on the tray in a perfectly neat rows, they will probably shift as they bake; the butter/sugar mixture bubbles up pretty aggressively. Once it’s done baking, you can take a knife or fork and gently move the crackers back in line before the toffee sets.
So like I said, you can make plain toffee and turn it into lil crunchies to top more desserts.
- I’ve made this recipe with chocolate graham crackers with chocolate (phenomenal).
- Honey grahams + butterscotch baking chips.
- Grahams + Chocolate + Rainbow Sprinkles
…and some other concepts in my idea box…
- Saltines + chocolate + chopped walnuts or pecans… + flaky sea salt
- You could do graham crackers with freeze dried strawberries or raspberries. Dang…
- Saltines + dark chocolate + flaked coconut.
What flavors would you make?? Give this recipe a try and comment below!
- 1 box of unsalted saltines or graham crackers
- 2 sticks of butter (I'd go with unsalted)
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- Optional: Chocolate chips
- Optional: Chopped Nuts
- Optional: Sprinkles or other fun toppings!
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (be sure to use a half size baking sheet, approx 13 x 18 inches that has a lip/edge). Lightly grease with butter or a small amount of vegetable oil.
- Lay out your crackers on the baking sheet in tight rows, ensuring to cover the entire sheet.
- In a medium pot, heat up the sugar and butter on medium heat until fully melted and it comes to a boil. Once you see the mixture boiling, remove from the heat.
- Pour the boiling butter/sugar mixture over the crackers. Carefully spread the mixture over each cracker evenly.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crackers are a medium golden brown.
- The crackers will likely shift around due to the candy bubbling in the oven. Once removed from the oven, take a knife or fork to gently get the crackers back in line. The toffee will begin to harden up, so be sure to do this quickly!
- To add a chocolate topping, generously sprinkle chocolate chips over the entire top of the crackers while the toffee is hot. Allow the chips to sit for a few minutes. Once you notice that the chips are melted, take an offset spatula and smooth the chocolate evenly over the crackers.
- Once fully cooled and hardened, carefully cut (per directions below) and peel off the foil. Be sure to check no foil is stuck to the bottom of the toffee.
- *To create perfect squares, take a sharp knife and cut while the toffee is still slightly warm. *If you want a 'broken up toffee' look, allow to cool fully and snap into pieces. *Make a crumble topping by allowing to cool completely and place in a large zip lock bag; break up using a rolling pin.