How to make cracker candy, the super-easy salty-sweet holiday treat
Crunchy, caramelized and sweet, cracker candy is the easy treat you'll want to bring to every holiday party this year.
There's a lot of pressure during the holiday season to suddenly become a star baker. But not all of us feel like strapping on an apron and baking hundreds of cookies when there's so much else going on.
Enter cracker candy. It's a sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy holiday treat that comes together in no time.
What is cracker candy?
Cracker candy is a cookie-candy fusion that layers Saltine crackers with a quick stovetop toffee, chocolate chips and sometimes nuts. The result is a salty sweet treat that's practically irresistible, and one that allows for a lot of variation based on your personal preferences.
How do you make it?
Luckily, cracker candy is super-easy to make.
- Layer some Saltine crackers on a cookie sheet.
- Melt together some butter and sugar, bring it to a boil, remove it from the heat and pour it over the crackers.
- Bake that until the crackers start to brown around the edges (it only take a few minutes), then sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Let the chips sit for a minute, then spread them evenly over the toffee layer. You can sprinkle the chocolate with nuts, coarse sea salt, or both, then place the tray in the fridge to set.
- Once it's cold, break the cracker candy into pieces and try not to eat it all before you get to share it!
Here are some recipes to get you started:
- Classic cracker candy
- Graham cracker toffee
- Chocolate-peanut butter cracker toffee
- Chocolate-coconut cracker toffee
- Coconut-almond matzo toffee
Even without a recipe, you can customize cracker candy to fit almost any appetite. Try using:
- Dark chocolate chips and chocolate digestive biscuits instead of Saltines for a chocolate lover's dream come true.
- White chocolate chips and speculaas cookies instead of Saltines for cracker candy that tastes like an iced gingerbread cookie.
- Top your cracker candy with white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes for a treat that's straight out of the North Pole.
Don't be afraid to experiment — unlike actual baking, where you have to worry about ratios and rise times, cracker candy is all about flavor.