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Toffee Saltine Cracker Candy Recipe

Enjoy giving food gifts for the holidays? This toffee saltine cracker candy recipe is so easy, and it's always a favorite among family and friends. Who needs a little sweetness in their life?

Peppermint and chocolate are a traditional Christmas combo, but adding salt and caramel takes this recipe for saltine cracker toffee over the top! This candy is a favorite of my family's for our December 24th tradition of eating only appetizers and desserts all day.

This recipe for saltine cracker candy has 7 ingredients, but we also have plenty of 3 Ingredient Candy Recipes for the Holidays if you're looking for even simpler holiday candy recipes.

Stack of toffee saltine cracker candy tied with red string on green napkin

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What makes this a Christmas candy? Peppermint is traditionally a holiday flavor, while caramel and chocolate are fabulous year-round (in my opinion!). You can easily decorate the top of this chocolate cracker candy with holiday sprinkles or even red and green M&Ms.

Ingredients

See the printable recipe for saltine cracker candy below for exact quantities.

  • brown sugar
  • butter
  • saltine crackers
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • peppermint extract
  • coconut oil or Crisco

Instead of the white chocolate chips and peppermint extract, you could look for peppermint baking chips or peppermint candy melts. I have a hard time finding them, both in stores and online, so I just combine white chocolate chips with peppermint extract.

Instructions for Saltine Cracker Toffee

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then, line a 13×9 baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with non-stick spray.

As you can imagine, this recipe for saltine cracker toffee gets really sticky! So do this prep to make cleanup easier when you're done.

Toffee Saltine Cracker Candy Step 1 - lay out saltines on foil lined baking sheet

Lay saltine crackers flat to cover the entire baking sheet, and set aside.

Melting butter with brown sugar in sauce pan

In a medium saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Boil for 3-5 minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture turns a darker brown.

Remove from heat immediately.

Spread caramel over saltine crackers

Pour butter and sugar mixture over the saltines and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.

Bake for 5 minutes, and then let the pan sit out while you melt the chocolate.

Baked caramel on saltine crackers

Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 tsp coconut oil or Crisco (I use the microwave method) and pour on the top of the caramel crackers. Spread evenly.

Melt white chocolate chips with 1 tsp coconut oil or Crisco. Once melted, add peppermint extract.

Pour melted chocolate over caramel layer of crackers

Drizzle lines of peppermint white chocolate back and forth across the top. 

Using a toothpick make vertical and horizontal lines to run the peppermint white chocolate across the candy. This is how you create the marbling effect.

Let the baking sheet cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight or for 8 hrs.

Peel away the foil before slicing into squares or breaking into pieces.

Finished toffee saltine cracker candy with white chocolate marbled top

Other ways to top cracker candy

Once you have the melted chocolate spread across the top of this toffee cracker candy, there are so many ways to decorate it! This recipe shows how to marble the white and semi-sweet chocolate for a simple top.

You can also use Christmas-colored sprinkles to decorate your toffee cracker candy. Another delicious option would be crushed peppermint candies or candy canes. sprinkled on the top.

Can toffee cracker candy be made gluten-free?

Absolutely! An easy substitution is using gluten-free crackers instead of regular saltine crackers. If you can't find gluten free saltines, then salty crackers similar to Ritz will work.

As a last resort, gluten free graham crackers will work. You just won't have the salty component to this candy. It will be very sweet.

Squares of saltine cracker toffee

How to store chocolate cracker candy

I don't think we have EVER had leftovers, but if you do, you can store this cracker candy at room temperature for about 3 days. Just be sure to use an airtight container.

If you are saving the candy for later, consider refrigerating or freezing. You can store it for a week in the fridge, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. This is a great way to prep ahead for a holiday party!

gift of toffee cracker candy tied with red ribbon

More recipes like this

Whether you're making holiday candy for yourself or to give as a gift, here are more easy recipes. And they're perfect for wrapping up to give to teachers and neighbors!

Yield: 35 pieces

Toffee Saltine Cracker Candy

This easy layered Christmas candy has a delicious combination of salty and sweet.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 30-40 saltine crackers (enough to line the tray)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil or Crisco, divided

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a 13x9 baking sheet with foil, spray with non-stick spray, lay saltines flat covering the entire baking sheet and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar, and bring to a boil.

Boil for 3-5 min until sugar is dissolved and mixture turns darker brown.

Pour butter and sugar mixture over the saltines and spread evenly.

Bake for 5 minutes, and then let the pan set while you melt the chocolate.

Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 tsp coconut oil and pour on the top of the candied mixture and spread evenly

Melt white chocolate chips with 1 tsp coconut oil, once chocolate is melted add peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract. 

Drizzle lines of peppermint white chocolate back and forth across the top. 

Using a toothpick make vertical and horizontal lines to run the peppermint white chocolate across the candy.

Let the baking sheet cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight or for 8 hrs.

Notes

You can use any type of chocolate that you like. 

You can add the peppermint to the semi-sweet chips if you do not want to use white chocolate.

Saltines toffee candy made with chocolate chips butter and brown sugar
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Beth

Monday 21st of November 2022

LOVE this recipe, Gina! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Creatively, Beth

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