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Christmas Crack

What do you get when you combine Saltine crackers with caramel and chocolate? Highly addictive Christmas crack

Warning: this is highly addictive. Table for Two is not liable for any injury that may occur from you fighting over the crumbs with your family members.

With that said, I’m sure you all know what this is. It’s been all over the web, it’s been in your family’s recipe arsenal for generations.

When I first had this, I was a non-believer. And now, I’m a believer. Saltines with chocolate and caramel = win.

This takes only about, 10 minutes to make, an hour or so to completely chill, and you have yourself a highly addictive treat for this upcoming Christmas day :)

Christmas Crack
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 25-30 pieces
  • 40 saltine crackers (approx. 1 sleeve)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional, clearly I didn’t use any)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a 9×13″ jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper, line the saltine crackers side by side until the entire pan is filled.
  3. In a saucepot, melt butter and sugar together. Bring to boil then let boil for 3-5 minutes, do not stir.
  4. Pour the caramel evenly over the saltines then place in oven to bake for 5 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, in a microwave safe bowl, gently melt the chocolate, stirring in between 30 second intervals.
  6. Remove pan of saltines from oven and pour chocolate evenly on top of the caramel, spreading it evenly and smoothing it out. If you’re using chopped pecans or nuts, this is now the time to sprinkle them on.
  7. Let the toffee and chocolate cool completely. I popped mine in the fridge for about an hour.
  8. Once cool, break into 2 inch pieces.
  9. Store in an airtight container if you have any leftovers.



  1. 12/21/2012 at 6:57 am

    I seriously can’t be in the same room with this stuff. It goes straight to my hips :)

  2. 12/21/2012 at 8:54 am

    Oh mannnn I LOVE this stuff!!

  3. 12/21/2012 at 8:57 am

    Oh girl, don’t get me started. I started making this last year and it’s the bomb. Crack is right- I can’t stop eating it. Try sprinkling a little sea salt on top next time. Out. Of. This. World.

  4. 12/21/2012 at 9:18 am


  5. 12/21/2012 at 9:19 am! Dude, I seriously can’t wait to make these guys! Christmas is going to be epic!

  6. 12/21/2012 at 9:20 am

    Wow, would never have dreamed this would work, but you did it. Looks awesome!!

  7. 12/21/2012 at 9:46 am

    whoa! i would eat all of that looks insanely good! :)

  8. 12/21/2012 at 9:53 am

    Christmas Crack – I love it. Looks like I need to make this for my family members. You know, crack always goes over well :P

  9. 12/21/2012 at 10:24 am

    crack is whack… well maybe not this crack! It looks awesome!!!

  10. 12/21/2012 at 10:42 am

    My step mom makes this every year and it is a crowd favorite. It’s the sweet and salty and crunchy and chocolatey. amazeballs.

    Happy Christmas luvah!!

  11. Laura
    12/21/2012 at 11:19 am

    This stuff is so delicious and addictive! Especially because I use Heath toffee chips instead of pecans, YUM!

  12. Kelly
    12/21/2012 at 11:44 am

    Questions… Will light brown sugar work? Semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate? Thanks for another great recipe! Merry Christmas!

    • 12/21/2012 at 1:39 pm

      Light brown sugar will work and any kind of chocolate chips :)

  13. 12/21/2012 at 12:09 pm

    My sister in law makes the same thing, and that’s what she calls it– love it!!

    PS– is your comment policy new? If so, good for you for taking a stand!

    • 12/21/2012 at 1:40 pm

      I added it a month or so ago after that nasty comment I got – figured it was about time to enforce stuff on here! :)

  14. 12/21/2012 at 1:15 pm

    I can’t agree more! These crackers are addictive and yes…when choco + caramel + salty = insanely good.

  15. 12/21/2012 at 1:18 pm

    Hello heaven!

  16. 12/21/2012 at 2:22 pm

    Love the name! I’m glad that “christmas crack” has nothing to do with Santa’s low slung pants :)
    This looks perfectly addictive!

  17. 12/21/2012 at 3:41 pm

    I’m truly new to this … what in the world?! lol Maybe you should make it for me sometime :)

  18. 12/21/2012 at 3:41 pm

    This stuff is highly addictive! And so easy!

  19. 12/21/2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love the disclaimer on this one, Julie! I could not resist eating ALL of this if it were near me.

  20. 12/21/2012 at 4:43 pm

    Oh yeah, I am all over this stuff!

  21. Lynda
    12/21/2012 at 7:59 pm

    I made this but sprinkled crushed toffee pieces over melted chocolate. It is ccrazy good

  22. 12/21/2012 at 10:16 pm

    OK, I am totally making this and adding something extra on top! Thanks for sharing!

  23. LauraH
    12/22/2012 at 3:14 am

    Jingle Bells & Crack!!! Ho Ho Ho! I am so making this tomorrow. I will have to make two kinds though. Mother-in-love is seriously alergic to chocolate(more for me) so I have to try making it with white chocolate for her. Hmm Maybe three. Dark, Milk and White. Yes!!!!

  24. 12/22/2012 at 6:43 am

    hahahah. I love having crack for Christmas. :)

  25. Linda
    12/22/2012 at 11:01 am

    I am picturing this with the addition of crushed peppermint, instead of the nuts. Have never had this – but see why it would be a hit. Going to be making it this year and we will see. Worst thing that could happpen? Nobody likes it but me! :-)

  26. 12/22/2012 at 1:04 pm

    I love this stuff, too! It’s always a hit this time of year! I make mine pretty much exactly like this and can’t keep my hands off it :)

  27. Melanie
    12/22/2012 at 4:30 pm

    Has anyone made this with margarine? Does it work and taste as good?

  28. 12/22/2012 at 9:43 pm

    My grandma makes this every year, and I always look forward to plates of it sitting out on Christmas Eve at her house. Yours looks fantastic too! :)

  29. 12/23/2012 at 4:16 pm

    we must all be addicted to this…I posted on my blog from Sally’s Baking Addiction…and I’ve had 3 friend make it since “yelling” at me ’cause they can’t stop making it! It is so good!!!!

  30. 12/23/2012 at 4:20 pm

    Oooh, I’ve never had this! I like someone’s idea of sprinkling on some sea salt. And I’d go for the nuts for sure! Must try this! Happy Holidays to you, Julie! xo

  31. 12/24/2012 at 8:02 am

    Woah, sweet and salty and everything good! Merry Christmas Julie xo

  32. 12/27/2012 at 12:33 am

    Julie – these look so good! I love your photos and how the deep browns make them stand out beautifully against the white, just stunning. I love how it’s so close too, I want to reach through the screen and bite right into it. I can’t believe I’ve never tried this stuff!

    • Kathleen
      11/16/2013 at 11:23 am

      To the gals who thought the author left out ingredients…butter and brown sugar IS caramel. You can also find a simplier version of this recipe in Trisha Yearwood’s cookbook (instead of melting the chocolate, you sprinkle chocolate chips over the crackers after they come out of the oven, wait a couple minutes and the heat from the crackers will melt the chips (they won’t look like they are) then you can just spread the chips like frosting. My husband is literally addicted to this stuff!

      • 11/17/2013 at 10:13 am

        It is really addicting, huh? Love it! :)

  33. j
    01/01/2013 at 7:56 pm

    4.Pour the caramel evenly over the saltines then place in oven to bake for 5 minutes.

    ?????? not in ingreidents?????? how much, what kind

  34. k
    01/01/2013 at 8:02 pm

    plz update your recipes….especially if YOU made the mistake of leaving out ingreidents! I will not read through the comments to find out what you left out, otherwise your site is less than worth visiting. after reading a few of your recipes……I find your instructions with things left out. I hope you read over your posts and go step by step (rather than assume the reader will figure it out)…. I love your recipes, but frustrating at times.

    • 01/01/2013 at 8:11 pm

      Hi J or K, whomever you are, I do NOT appreciate being scolded over what you do not understand or what you don’t read correctly. The brown sugar and butter MAKE the caramel which is poured over the saltines, baked, then the chocolate goes on top. Why would I tell you to melt butter and brown sugar together and then not do anything with it? In step 3, that is what makes the ingredient for step 4.

  35. 01/03/2013 at 4:09 pm

    I make this with matzo… it is so addicting. One question for you though. Have you tried to make it with vegan butter?


    • 01/03/2013 at 4:11 pm

      No, can’t say I have. Sorry!

  36. Shelli
    01/04/2013 at 9:24 pm

    This stuff is so awesome! Keep sharing the recipe! Everyone should know how to make this! If you are looking at this page wondering if it’s worth making, YES it is!
    This year I tried it with Club crackers, makes it extra buttery tasting.

    Someone asked about the light brown sugar. I ran out of dark and I had to make half my batches with light and I thought the ones with the dark sugar tasted a bit better, and seemed to harden up better than the light. Anyone else notice this?

    • 01/04/2013 at 9:28 pm

      Dark brown sugar has more molasses content in it so that’s probably why it hardened up a bit better than the light brown sugar. Glad you liked it :) I like the Club crackers modification, they’re so addicting.

  37. Ummi3
    01/14/2013 at 5:42 am

    I’ve been making this for years & still love it! I have to force myself not to make it. Now, thanks to you, you have reminded me that it’s been a while. I have to try it with the club crackers & sea salt on top. Thanks for the extra pounds!! lol

  38. QueenChic729
    02/15/2013 at 4:10 am

    Another alternate is trying with graham crackers

  39. Suzanne
    03/05/2013 at 5:43 am

    I’m in trouble… I’ve never really been a dessert person, but this sounded good to me. I made it just before Christmas and used the mint chocolate squares that are around seasonally. I ate it all. I made another batch with marked down peppermint squares. Gave a bit away, but ate most of it myself. Banned it from my house… but couldn’t resist making another batch yesterday.Is there a Christmas Crack Anonymous???

  40. Heather
    11/11/2013 at 10:12 pm

    Delicious! I make these every christmas, but with a graham cracker as the base!

  41. Diane N
    12/11/2013 at 8:18 am

    This has officially been added as a “must make” for the holidays (and often gets made at other times, too!! Thank you so much for sharing it! I came back to this recipe today so I can print a new (clean!) copy and read the comments….now I have to try it with club crackers, graham crackers, and sea salt….we may just have to make all the varieties and see what the favorite is!

    • 12/12/2013 at 8:05 am

      I love that you make this often, Diane! I must try it with those other adaptations that readers have mentioned too. Let me know if you try any!

  42. Laura
    12/11/2013 at 4:03 pm

    My sister-in-law introduced me to this awhile ago and sprinkles hers with Heath toffee bits…SO delicious and addicting! I will need to try this variation with pecans, though, they’re my favorite nut!

  43. Phyllis
    12/22/2013 at 1:09 pm

    Be careful taking the butter/brown sugar mixture from 400 degree…it is extremely hot


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