Saltine Toffee Recipe (2024)

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Published: Sep 22, 2020 Last Updated: Sep 22, 2020

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If you’ve never tried Saltine Toffee, now is the time! Crispy, buttery toffee with crackers, pecans and chocolate. So easy to make, too!

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Why make toffee from crackers

Years ago I remember being at a family reunion and I tried a graham cracker toffee bar. It was amazing and delicious, and I was SHOCKED that the base was a graham cracker.

I had to keep eating, bar after bar, for taste testing purposes.

This Saltine Toffee recipe has a saltier base (DUH) than a graham cracker, so the sweet and salty combo shines through on these bars!

While I love homemade English toffee, from scratch…sometimes I want something FASTER. And easier!

Ingredient Notes

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Similar to my favorite Christmas crack recipe, you only need a handful of ingredients to make a delicious candy treat!

  • Butter– choose unsalted butter in this recipe, the crackers have enough salt!
  • Sugar– granulated sugar is best!
  • Saltine Crackers– like I mentioned above, you can use graham crackers, Ritz crackers, or Club crackers. But for a traditional cracker toffee, start with Saltines.
  • Milk Chocolate– you can also use dark chocolate or white chocolate if you prefer!
  • Pecans– completely optional. You can add them before baking (and you get a toasted, nutty flavor…or sprinkle them on the melted chocolate.

Step by Step Instructions

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STEP 1: Melt your butter in a small saucepan, then add your sugar. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil.

STEP 2: Line 40 saltine crackers on a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking sheet.

STEP 3: Pour the melted butter and sugar mixture over the crackers, slowly, making sure that all the crackers have been covered in butter. You want all that buttery goodness in your Saltine Toffee!

STEP 4: Sprinkle everything generously with chopped pecans, then bake this for about 15 minutes. You want to make sure that the crackers look brown and caramelized.

STEP 5: Use a small spatula to remove the hot saltine cracker toffee from the pan and place it on parchment paper (or wax paper).

STEP 6: Melt your chocolate chips and spread over each cracker. To make this easier, I pour my melted chocolate into a large Ziploc bag, then snip the corner and drizzle generously over each cracker. Works like a charm!

Once the chocolate has hardened, store Saltine Toffee in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days (if it lasts that long). ENJOY!

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Tips and Tricks

  • Check your oven temperature. Cracker toffee can go from not ready to burnt in a minutes. Keep your eye on the toffee and remove when lightly browned.
  • Instead of removing individual pieces of crackers to cool, instead allow to cool as a whole on baking sheet. When set, crack into bite sized pieces.
  • Don’t worry about melting chocolate separately. Instead, put chocolate chips on hot toffee and place in oven for one minute. Use an offset spatula to smooth evenly.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use brown sugar instead of granulated white sugar?

Yes! I suggest swapping equal amount of packed light brown sugar, following the recipe directions exactly the same.

Can you freeze saltine toffee?

Wrap your toffee in plastic wrap and then place in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 30 days.

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

To achieve the buttery crisp toffee flavor, I suggest keeping the recipe as written with butter.

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Saltine Cracker Toffee

4.61 from 64 votes

By: Aimee

If you've never tried Saltine Toffee, now is the time! Crispy, buttery, toffee with crackers, pecans and chocolate. So easy to make, too!

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 40 servings


  • 40 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips


  • Line a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet with the saltine crackers. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add in sugar and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.Once it begins to boil, remove from heat.

  • Pour over saltine crackers and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Place in a 375°F oven for about 13-15 minutes, until crackers are browned and caramelized.

  • Remove from oven and using a small spatula, place each piece of toffee onto a sheet of parchment paper on the counter.

  • Melt chocolate morsels and spread generously over toffee. Allow chocolate to set and store in airtight container for up to 5 days.


  • Make it easier! Place parchment paper in baking sheet prior to adding saltines. Cook accordingly. Remove from oven and sprinkles with chocolate chips. Allow to melt about 5 minutes, then spread with an offset spatula.
  • Freeze it! Wrap in plastic wrap then place toffee in an airtight container to freeze for up to 30 days.



Serving: 1piece, Calories: 132kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g

Course: Candy

Cuisine: American

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Crisp, buttery pieces of toffee made from saltine crackers and topped with pecans and rich milk chocolate. The perfect holiday treat.

Saltine Toffee Recipe (2024)


Why is my saltine toffee grainy? ›

Why is my saltine toffee grainy? The graininess you taste in toffee is always whole sugar crystals that did not fully dissolve when heated.

Why is my Christmas crack chewy? ›

Your Christmas Crack may have turned out chewy due to undercooking or the sugar/butter mixture not reaching the proper temperature. Make sure you're cooking for 3 full minutes.

What can I do with stale saltine crackers? ›

Use as a topping: Crush the crackers or hardtack into small pieces and use them as a crunchy topping for casseroles, mac and cheese, or salads. Make stuffing: Use stale crackers or hardtack as a base for a savory stuffing. Combine them with sautéed onions, celery, herbs, and broth to create a fla.

Why are saltines so addictive? ›

From Florey University, neuroscientist Dr. Craig Smith states that the consumption of salt and salty snacks fire the natural opioid system within the central amygdala, where positive and negative emotions are handled and have the potential to get us hooked on seeking salt for taste.

Why is my toffee chewy and not crunchy? ›

Low and slow

Simmering the syrup for English toffee to the requisite 300°F temperature can (and should) be a slow process — up to 20 minutes or so. Don't hurry this gradual transformation; syrup that doesn't reach 300°F, or close to it, will make candy with timid flavor and chewy (not crunchy) texture.

Why is my saltine toffee chewy? ›

Why is my cracker toffee chewy? For firm toffee, the caramel needs to cook to what's known as "hard crack" stage. If you pull the toffee out of the oven and it isn't bubbling all over, leave it in for additional time. If using a thermometer, the temperature of the caramel should reach about 300°F.

How do you keep butter and sugar from separating when making toffee? ›

Rub the cube of butter around the sides of the pan before adding sugar. This will help keep sugar crystals from clinging to the sides. When adding the sugar, place it in the center of the pan to keep sugar crystals off the pan sides. During cooking, occasionally wash the sides of the pan with a brush dipped in water.

What makes toffee gritty? ›

As the toffee cools and the molten sugar crystals become solid again, they are attracted to the 'seed' forming new lumps of tiny crystals – hence the grainy texture. This can also happen if the toffee is stirred, or agitated, after it has begun to boil or on cooling (as happened with this pink-tinted toffee).

Why isn t my Christmas crack hardening? ›

Also, if you didn't let the crack candy cool down enough before serving, there's a chance it didn't get enough time to firm up. Make sure to let it cool in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden.

Are stale saltines bad for you? ›

While the texture and taste of stale food might be a little off, so long as there isn't anything else wrong with it, the food should be fine to eat. You're not going to suffer any stale food side effects. But if your foods are showing other signs of going bad, like mold, it's time to throw it out.

Does refrigerating crackers make them stale? ›

However, while a short amount of time in the refrigerator won't harm your crackers, you don't want to keep them in it for long. Like the freezer, the moisture inside a fridge is easily absorbed and will cause crackers to become soggy quickly.

Why do saltines have 13 holes? ›

The holes are called docking holes to preclude the formation of large pockets of air while baking.

Why do hospitals serve saltine crackers? ›

Saltine crackers may improve symptoms of upset stomach in people with gastroparesis or nausea and vomiting induced by pregnancy or chemotherapy treatments.

Why is it impossible to eat 6 saltines in a minute? ›

Although the challenge may sound trivial, it is difficult because the crackers quickly exhaust the saliva in the mouth. Even though six saltines can fit in one's mouth at the same time, and a minute is plenty of time to chew, the resulting mass of crumbs is still difficult to swallow with a dry mouth.

What can I do about grainy toffee? ›

You can try adding in 1 tablespoon of water at a time and slowly stirring to recombine. Separating (and/or crystallizing where the toffee turns sugary and grainy) can happen with sudden drops or spikes in the temperature or with constant, vigorous stirring.

How do you fix grainy toffee sauce? ›

Add Moisture: If the sugar is melted but you still see a few crystals- sometimes adding some liquid like water or heavy cream to the mixture can help dissolve any sugar crystals that have formed and promote a smoother texture.

Why is my cracker candy grainy? ›

The problem is that crystals of sugar were re-introduced into the liquid candy. This will cause your candy to crystallize and become grainy. To prevent this, (stove-top method only) wipe down the inner sides of your pan a few times with a wet pastry brush while your candy is boiling.

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