Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe

If you're the kind of person who enjoys a sweet mid-day snack and who always opts in for dessert, you need to get acquainted with this saltine cracker toffee recipe. It's sweet and salty with a crunchy bite and customizable elements, which makes it the perfect treat to keep stashed in the pantry. Mashed recipe developer Catherine Brookes remarks, "I love how this recipe uses just a few simple ingredients and is super fun to make too!" 

Although you might think that making toffee from scratch should be left to the professionals, it actually isn't that complicated. As long as you don't walk away from the stove while it's cooking, it's totally doable regardless of skill level. Of course, your friends and family don't need to know that — they'll be plenty impressed! As Brookes describes, "The result is a delicious sweet treat that will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike." 

Gather the ingredients for this saltine cracker toffee recipe

For this recipe, you'll need as many saltine crackers as it takes to make a single layer on a 10x15-inch baking sheet. Brookes estimates this to be about 4 ounces. Next, you'll need 1 cup each of unsalted butter and brown sugar, as well as 2 cups of dark chocolate chips. 

Finally, use ½ cup of chopped pecans sprinkled over the top for an extra crunch. If pecans aren't your favorite, you can play around with different ingredients; there's plenty of room for experimentation. For example, Brookes suggests, "chopped walnuts or peanuts," and adds that "If you're not a fan of nuts, you could also go for M&M's, freeze dried raspberries, or toffee bits."

Layer the baking sheet with crackers

Cover a 10x15-inch baking sheet with parchment paper — this will prevent you from having to clean off sticky toffee. Next, place the crackers side by side across the entire surface of the tray, filling in all the gaps. Brookes notes that you can cut the saltines if need be to ensure full coverage. Then, preheat the oven to 400 F. 

Cook the toffee mixture and coat the saltines

Set a saucepan on the stovetop on medium heat and add the butter and sugar. Stir the ingredients together as you bring the contents to a boil, then continue to let them bubble for 3 more minutes. This step requires some attention, and Brookes warns, "I recommend stirring frequently and keeping the temperature on a medium setting to prevent burning." 

Turn the heat off and carefully pour the toffee mixture over the crackers on the baking sheet. Do your best to coat them all in an even layer. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 8 minutes.

Melt the chocolate over top and add the pecans

Once you remove the tray from the oven, evenly distribute the chocolate chips across the surface. Let them sit for 2 to 3 minutes as they melt, then use a spatula to spread the chocolate out until it covers the toffee crackers in a uniform layer.

Finally, scatter the chopped pecans on top of the chocolate. If you're using any other garnishes, go ahead and sprinkle them on now too. 

Chill the chocolate toffee saltines then break and serve

You'll have to exercise some willpower and place the tray in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until the chocolate and toffee are set. Then, break or cut up the preparation — the pieces will be uneven, but that's part of the appeal. 

You'll definitely want to taste test this delicious saltine cracker toffee immediately and show it off to your friends. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks ... if they last that long.

Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe
5 from 21 ratings
This saltine cracker toffee strikes the perfect balance between salty and sweet.
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chocolate toffee saltine stack
Total time: 2 hours, 29 minutes
  • 4 ounces saltine crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  1. Line a 10x15-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the crackers on top in an even single layer with no gaps. You can cut some of the crackers to make them fit if necessary.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  4. Add the butter and sugar to a saucepan and melt together over medium heat, stirring frequently. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it bubble for another 3 minutes.
  5. Pour the sugar mixture over the crackers in an even layer.
  6. Bake the crackers for 8 minutes.
  7. Immediately after removing the tray from the oven, scatter the chocolate chips over the crackers in an even layer and let them sit for 2-3 minutes as they melt. Then, spread them out with a spatula to create a smooth layer of melted chocolate on top of the toffee.
  8. Scatter the chopped pecans over top.
  9. Chill for 2 hours or until set.
  10. Break or slice the toffee into chunks.
Calories per Serving 217
Total Fat 16.2 g
Saturated Fat 8.8 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 20.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 16.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Total Sugars 9.7 g
Sodium 50.2 mg
Protein 1.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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