Christmas Crack is an addictive easy cracker toffee recipe you’ll love. This recipe adds some wintery toppings of white chocolate, dried cranberries, candied ginger, pistachios and sea salt!
No one will ever guess how easy and fast this Christmas Crack recipe is!
It will only take one bite to know why it’s called what it is. This crunchy cracker toffee is ADDICTIVE!
Homemade caramel topped with chocolate hardened to a satisfying crunchy texture.
Topped with dried cranberries, candied ginger, white chocolate chips, pistachio nuts and sea salt.
It requires about 10 active cooking minutes from you and is ready in about 1 hour (total time depends on hardening).
A beautiful seasonal snack for gatherings or for gifts!
What is Christmas Crack?
Christmas Crack is an easy recipe that combines saltine type crackers, chocolate and caramel to make a poor man’s English Toffee.
It is also called cracker toffee, toffee bark and cracker candy.
It has a wonderful ‘snap’ and dreamy chocolate caramel flavors of a toffee.
AND it’s addictive….hence the name.
This Christmas Crack recipe takes it up a notch adding some toppings to the cracker toffee.
I guess that makes it Christmas Crack ON Crack.
Christmas Crack Ingredients
I’ve separated the base ingredients for the Christmas Crack and the toppings.
The base recipe is fantastic and you and stop there.
I loved adding the wintery ingredients for the toppings.
They add bold flavors and an additional texture that makes the Christmas Crack feel ‘fancy’. Pretty too!
Base Christmas Crack recipe
- Unsalted Butter
- Dark Brown Sugar
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Saltine-type Crackers (regular or gluten-free)
Topping Ingredients (optional)
- White Chocolate Baking Chips
- Dried Sweetened Cranberries
- Candied Ginger
- Roasted, Salted Pistachios
- Sea Salt
Traditionally Christmas Crack is made with Saltine type crackers. The salt on the crackers is fantastic with the toffee flavors.
PRO TIP: If your crackers break in the package, piece them together on the baking sheet.
Once covered by the caramel and chocolate, they harden into a slab to be cut apart so the cracker breakage won’t matter.
These can be found in the bulk department of grocery stores or individually bagged in the baking supply area.
Select sweetened dried cranberries for this recipe.
What is Candied Ginger?
Candied Ginger or crystallized ginger is a chewy form of ginger that has been cooked in simple syrup and coated in granulated sugar.
You’ll find it with the baking supplies or in the spices in a jar.
It has a strong, sweet ginger flavor and has a sparkly exterior covered in granulated sugar.
Select shelled roasted and salted pistachio nuts for this recipe.
Pistachios come in several forms pre-packaged or in the bulk section of the grocery store.
How to Make it Gluten-Free
This recipes was originally developed using Schär’s Table Crackers. Light, delicate, with a buttery flavor and touch of salt, they can be used for anything.
Schar makes a wide range of delicious gluten-free products that can be found at grocery stores or on Amazon.com.
The other ingredients are naturally gluten-free.
How to make Christmas Crack – Step-by-Step
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 18-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
STEP 2: Line up crackers side by side in 3 rows of 8 crackers on the prepared pan. NOTE: the number of crackers may vary depending on the brand used.
STEP 3: In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine the butter and sugar. Allow both to melt. Bring to a low boil, stirring often and allow to thicken.
STEP 4: Pour caramel onto the crackers; gently smooth over the crackers with a pliable heat-proof spatula. Ensure they are all covered.
STEP 5: Bake for 15 minutes.
STEP 6: Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips over the top of the crackers. Allow to sit for about 2 minutes until the chips begin to melt.
STEP 7: Gently spread the chocolate to evenly cover the crackers without breaking them apart.
To add Toppings:
STEP 8: Sprinkle the ginger, cranberries, nuts and white chocolate chips evenly over the melted chocolate, followed by the fleur de sel (sea salt). Allow to fully set.
Cutting the Christmas Crack
Once the cracker toffee is fully set, remove the crackers with the foil from the baking sheet.
Using a large, sharp knife cut into 42 squares.
Number of Crackers May Vary
Depending on the type and brand of saltine or table crackers used, the quantity may vary.
Fill an 18-inch by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet (this size is known as a ‘half sheet’) with the crackers you are using.
Caramel While Baking
During baking the caramel will bubble aggressively, calming to a smaller bubbling by end. This is normal.
Space between Crackers
Some space may have developed between the crackers during baking the Christmas Crack. This is normal.
Spread Chocolate Gently
The crackers are more delicate just after cooking so spread the melting chocolate carefully.
The assembled Christmas Crack can be chilled in the refrigerator to speed up setting.
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Cracker toffee is a breeze to make and totally addictive. The base recipe creates a delicious buttery English toffee treat. Pile on the bold flavored toppings for a sophisticated treat.
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup diced Candied Ginger
- 1/2 cup White Chocolate Baking Chips
- 1/3 cup chopped Dried (sweetened) Cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped Roasted, Salted Pistachio Nuts (shelled)
- 1/2 teaspoon Fleur de Sel (sea salt)
- 24 Saltine-style crackers (regular or gluten-free)*
- 1 Baker's Half Sheet rimmed baking sheet (18 by 13 inches)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 18-by-13 inch rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
Line up crackers side by side in 3 rows of 8 crackers on the prepared pan (refer to photo with cracker package above). NOTE: the amount of crackers may vary depending on brand used.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine the butter and sugar. Allow both to melt (about 2 minutes) then come of a low boil, stirring often. Allow to boil for 2 additional minutes until the mixture thickens.
Pour onto the crackers and gently smooth over the crackers with a pliable heat-proof spatula to ensure they are all covered.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Note: during cooking the caramel will bubble aggressively, calming to a smaller bubbling by end; this is normal.
Remove the pan from the oven (some space may have developed between the crackers) and sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips over the top of the crackers. Allow them to sit for about 2 minutes until the chips begin to melt.
Gently spread the chocolate to evenly cover the crackers without breaking them apart (the crackers are more delicate just after cooking).
Sprinkle the ginger, cranberries, nuts and white chocolate chips evenly over the melted chocolate, followed by the fleur de sel and allow to fully set (note: can be chilled to speed up setting).
To Cut: once fully set, remove the crackers with the foil from the baking sheet. Using a large, sharp knife cut into 42 squares.
*I used Schar gluten-free Table Crackers. Any Saltine-style crackers, regular or gluten-free, may be used.
Originally published: December 17, 2017
This post was originally sponsored by Schär.