Christmas Cracker Candy Recipe

Christmas Crack

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

Prep: 14 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Cooling Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 28 mins
Servings: 35 to 40 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
130 Calories
8g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 35 to 40
Amount per serving
Calories 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 44mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Much as we all want to be Martha Stewart come the holidays, time is one gift Santa has yet to leave in our stockings. The good news is you can still enjoy making homemade treats with minimal mess and effort. All you need is four ingredients to transform pantry baking staples into an addictive holiday sweet treat that's aptly-named Christmas Cracker Candy. Come your next trip to the supermarket, make sure to add saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate chips to your shopping list.

Butter and brown sugar cook into a bubbly toffee mixture, in essence turning into a candy “glue” that holds a layer of saltine crackers underneath together. You can get creative with the toffee, and infuse it with instant espresso powder for a mocha Christmas candy, or top with dried pineapple and coconut flakes for a tropical Christmas candy (and perfectly packed in a mason jar or tin to send to loved ones near and far). The possibilities for a variation on making your own unique Christmas cracker candy are only limited to the depths of your imagination—we’ve got a few more suggestions to inspire you below!


  • 35 to 40 square saltine crackers

  • 16 tablespoons (1 cup) unsalted butter

  • 2 cups light brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 10 ounces (2 cups) mini chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon sprinkles, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Christmas Crack ingredients

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  2. Line a rimmed 9x13-inch sheet pan with foil, making sure it also covers the sides of the pan, then lay a sheet of parchment paper over the foil.

    lay a sheet of parchment paper over the foil on the baking sheet

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  3. Arrange the crackers in the pan single layer, using any broken bits to fill in the gaps. You want to make sure the pan is completely covered.

    crackers on a baking sheet

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  4. Combine the butter, sugar, and salt (if using) in a deep pot over medium heat. Cook until butter is melted, sugar dissolved, and it comes to a boil.

    butter, sugar and salt mixture

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  5. Let boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, takes on a melted caramel consistency, and pulls away from the edges of the pot, 3 to 4 minutes.

    caramel in a pan

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  6. Pour the toffee over the crackers (be careful—it’s VERY hot). Using an offset spatula, spread into an even layer to the edges of the pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until bubbly and deep golden.

    caramel spread over the crackers on a baking sheet

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  7. Remove tray from the oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the toffee. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes until they begin to melt. Using a clean offset spatula, spread the chips into a thin layer of melted chocolate over the toffee.

    chocolate on top of the caramel in the baking sheet

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  8. Scatter sprinkles on top, if using (or try one of the fun variations below). Let sit at room temperature until chocolate is hardened, at least 2 hours, and preferably overnight. You can stick in the fridge after 30 minutes if you’re in a rush.

    sprinkles on top of the christmas crack in the baking sheet

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

  9. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight tin, in a cool spot, for up to 2 weeks.

    Christmas Crack on a plate

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

Recipe Variations

  • Minty Christmas Cracker Candy: Top with crushed candy canes.
  • Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Cracker Candy: Swap out half of the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips.
  • White Christmas Cracker Candy: Substitute in white chocolate.
  • Tropical Christmas Cracker Candy: Top with chopped freeze-dried pineapple and coconut flakes.
  • Merry Cherry Christmas Cracker Candy: Garnish with chopped sweetened dried or freeze-dried cherries.
  • Blue Christmas Cracker Candy: Finish with freeze-dried blueberries.
  • Naughty & Nice Christmas Cracker Candy: Add smoked paprika to the butter and sugar while it's cooking on the stovetop. Dust with cracked pink peppercorns.
  • Mocha Christmas Cracker Candy: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of instant espresso to the butter. Top with coarsely cracked coffee beans.

Is this the same thing as Christmas Crack?

Some people call this treat "Christmas Crack." Because the word "crack" is associated with a health epidemic that has impacted so many people and communities we are using a more literal, descriptive name.

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