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World’s Easiest Christmas Candy Recipe

This Christmas Candy is SO simple, deliciously addictive, and super inexpensive! Make a BIG batch for frugal gift ideas!

We have a yearly tradition of making this Christmas Candy. It’s the easiest stuff ever to make, it is inexpensive and it’s addicting!

I originally found the recipe in the book Queen of the Castle: 52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker. It was called “Crookies” in there, but we’ve re-named it “World’s Easiest Christmas Candy.”

All you need is brown sugar, saltines, butter and chocolate chips.

Lay one sleeve of Saltines out on a cookie sheet (you might want to spray or grease the pan first, though I’ve not had trouble with it sticking, but some mentioned in the comments they’d recommend this).

Melt one cup brown sugar and one stick of butter in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat until a gooey mixture forms. Pour this mixture over the saltines and spread around with a spatula to generously coat them.

Stick the pan in the oven on 350 degrees for around five minutes until the brown sugar mixture is bubbling on the crackers.

Pull out of the oven and pour two cups of chocolate chips over the crackers and let them sit for a few minutes until they are starting to melt.

Spread the melted chocolate chips evenly over the crackers and then stick in the freezer for around an hour (until chocolate hardens).

Once chocolate is hardened, lift off the cookie sheet with a metal spatula and break into pieces.

Put into gift baggies and store in the freezer until ready to give as gifts.

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  • jeanie says:

    This stuff is so good! I got the recipe off the back of a box of Kroger brand saltines. It’s also good with chopped pecans or peanuts on top.

  • karen says:

    I make this all the time and it is a favorite. We even sell it at church fairs.

  • Rosie T says:

    my family calls this Cracker Toffee… someone I grew up with calls them Brittle Cookies. Doesn’t matter what its called… its YUMMY! This is my favorite christmas candy too

  • Elizabeth says:

    We make something similar to this, only using club crackers (which are a bit more spendy) and melting peanut butter and chocolate chips for the top layer. Soooooo yummy!

  • Joy says:

    I’ve had this at my friend’s house with chopped up pretzels and M&M candies on top. It was amazing! I never go the recipe, so I’m excited to try this. I am a little worried about the addictive factor, though. 🙂

  • val says:

    After my failed attempt at a homemade gingerbread house just now…this is just the kind of recipe I need to redeem myself. This is now next on my list. 🙂 Thanks!

    • jeni says:

      @val, haha we just made one today too and it is the ugliest thing you ever saw. I poured red kool aid on top to made it look “festive” or something and it just looks like a haunted house oozing blood. It is scary looking man. I’m so making these easy cracker candy things… do they have a name?

      • val says:


        At least you have a HOUSE. I had a front, half of two side walls, barely a back and no roof! It just totally fell apart! I think we need to post our pics somewhere and compare. If nothing else maybe I won’t feel so bad after seeing friends’ houses on facebook who used the kits for the first time. LOL And seriously, this was ALL I freaking did today.

  • Amy says:

    I wish I had some saltines in the house. There is ice all over the roads so I can’t get out. Will do this another day though. We also like this with Heath Toffee chips on top.

  • Diane says:

    It looks a lot like the caramel matzoh crunch recipe I used during Passover. Very addictive!

  • Amanda Davis says:

    We do this with the Club crackers too which make them even more buttery. I’ve also added some chopped pecans on top. YUM!

    • val says:

      @Amanda Davis,

      Hmm….I have multigrain Club crackers….think those would work? They don’t taste as “healthy” as they sound. I hate to waste all those chocolate chips if it’s not gonna turn out though….

      • Nicola says:


        I love that you are more concerned with wasting the chocolate chips than the “healthy” crackers! lol You are my kind of girl! 🙂


        • val says:


          LOL yeah that sounds funny doesn’t it! I do have a good reason though. I buy the expensive chocolate chips – Guittard or Ghiradelli. I started because my son can’t have dairy and those have none added and that was it, I got hooked. Wayyyy better than Nestle or Hersheys! So yeah, waste the crackers, who cares but not those dang chocolate chips! I have been known to eat them on a spoon full of peanut butter after a long crappy day too. 🙂

  • marney says:

    We make this with sheets of matzo during Passover.

  • Jessica says:

    I just made these Sunday with my 3 yr old. We call it Christmas crack since you have to crack it up and because it’s addicting lol

  • Jennifer says:

    Boil butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes. We have always lined the cookie sheet with foil, greasing slightly with the butter wrapper. This recipe has been in our family for many years as well…. I actually tried to make it last night, but didn’t have enough saltines.

  • Courtney says:

    These are wonderful made with graham crackers as well! And topping with pecans before adding chocolate is awesome too!


  • Kristin says:

    We love this too! We call it Almond Roca…because that’s what it tastes like to us. It’s great with chopped nuts on top.

  • Kayla says:

    Yummy! I can’t wait to make this! And I have that book – I’m planning on going through it next year!

  • Summer says:

    Thanks- just made this w/ my 5 year old! It looks similar to my MIL’s english toffee recipe, which I’ve been dying to make but haven’t wanted to spend the money on all the walnuts her recipe calls for. Using my (free) saltines instead will save me a bunch of money, and I’m sure it will be delicious! Can’t wait for it to come out of the freezer.

  • Brandi says:

    Try it with graham crackers too!

  • These do taste amazing! We just had them on Sunday!

  • We LOVE this! My mom makes it every year and it is SO good! I might have to make my own this year. Thanks for the recipe- my mom’s is slightly lacking in details and measurements!

  • Michele says:

    We make ours using “club” style crackers. Add sprinkles or nuts on top too!

  • Annette says:

    We make this every year, sometimes with saltines, but we like it better with club crackers or the Big Cheeze its! (thats the best!) We make it in the Pampered Chef large bar pan so we make 1 1/2 the recipe. My 14 yr old daughter now makes this, it is so easy

  • Jessica says:

    These are also really good with graham crackers instead of saltines. I’d never heard of using saltines before. 🙂

  • Ellie W. says:

    This is what Christmas tastes like to me! lol My grandmother & mother used to make it every year. 🙂 I could eat the whole batch practically! (Not that I should!) We call it “Georgia PineBark” because we got the recipe from my Aunt who lives in Georgia & it looks like bark! lol

  • alexi says:

    If you cut with a knife the crackers and chocolate before you put it in the fridge to harden then it’s super easy to break once they are finished. They crack into squares instead of pieces and there’s a nice “seam” to bend it.

  • Jennifer M. says:

    We have made this many times, and it is always a hit with the family. I got the recipe off a saltines box years ago. This wasn’t on my list of treats for this holiday season, but I’ve just added it after seeing your post. Merry Christmas!

  • Jessica says:

    We make this as well but we call it CRACKER CANDY!! Instead of saltines we use club crackers 🙂 We’re making some tomorrow to take to a family Christmas. I love the stuff, it’s so addicting…

  • Does it matter if the saltines are stale? I’ve got a sleeve and a half of stale saltines I need to either use for this or throw away! 🙂

  • Carrie says:

    My almost-70-year-old mother has made these FOREVER and she got the recipe from HER mother, so the idea has been around for a while. We have always called them Cracker Cookies. My grandmother made a slightly different kind by using Graham crackers as the base – also very yummy!

  • says:

    My mom used to make this for us when we were little. It’s SO good!!!!!! We used regular sugar instead of brown sugar but I bet brown sugar would be really good in it!!!!

  • jamie says:

    can the butter be margarine? if so, i could make these dairy-free. i tried margarine for another toffee recipe and it was a flop…and a waste of expensive dairy free chocolate. dare i experiment again???

  • PollyS says:

    I first had this when I worked for a Jewish couple 20 years ago as their nanny. They use matzo. I always pick up several boxes after passover for this recipe. We even like it without the chocolate.

  • Christa says:

    They are even better with graham crackers. Easier to chew, for some reason. And alas, much easier to consume. 🙂

  • Funny. This is the second time today I’ve seen this recipe posted. We call them Chocolate Crackers at our house.

  • Natalie says:

    I was given this by a friend… is was kinda icky! Was it suppose to be soft? It sounds like I might have got a bad batch of it. Others seem to love it.

    • DeAnna says:

      @Natalie, So glad you posted. I hate this candy so I’m glad I’m not alone in a sea of “so goods” LOL.

    • Carrie says:

      @Natalie, Stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours and let it harden up – when it’s soft, it’s not real great. Try it when it’s cold and you might change your mind – or you might not! 🙂

    • Amy W says:

      Did you use margarine?

      I have used margarine before and it didnt harden up right.

      I could see the margarine separate into the water/oil. It was disgusting.

      We call them homemade heath bars or toffee bars.
      Have always used brown sugar and saltines.
      Just sent hubby to the store and grabbed the list to add chocolate chips so I could make this! LOL

  • Kristan says:

    we made this over the weekend and passed out to our neighbors – we made it more “christmasy” by sprinkling with crushed candy canes. it was delicious – even my husband liked it and he doesn’t like the regular kind.

  • Christina says:

    My mother makes these every year at Christmas! She calls them English Toffee Bars. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them 🙂

  • b smith says:

    I am going to try it with pepermint kisses!

  • Courtney says:

    We make this with Big CheezIts and sprinkle toasted chopped pecans on top. Just made a pan of it a couple days ago and it is almost gone 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Would this work with Reeses pieces on top? I was thinking, chopping them up and using them in place of the chocolate chips.

    • Alicia says:

      @Jennifer, I don’t think you would get much melting action in order to spread and create the third layer (first being cracker, second being toffee though those two sort of combine).

  • Rebecca says:

    Very addicting is right — we call it Cracker Candy. 🙂

  • Alicia says:

    This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. Only difference is I like to cut the hardened cookies into squares following the size of the saltines. And, it’s awesome with bittersweet chocolate!

  • Nancy says:

    Love this stuff! My grandma always made it.

  • Andrea says:

    I made this last year, but the recipe was called “Poor Man’s Toffee” and you use cheeze it crackers (the big ones) instead of saltines. I never would have guessed the ingredients – so rich and scrumptious!

  • Michelle says:

    I just followed made this, following your recipe. I wish I had sprayed the pan with Pam first, because it stuck to the pan really badly. I’ll know next time! Still yummy, though.

  • jamie says:

    foil…good tip. mine stuck to the pan so bad. but still great. hope my pan cleans up!

  • Katie says:

    Use white chocolate and it’s even tastier! 🙂

  • Lee says:

    Reminds me of a poor man’s version of the Skor candy bar… Had them for the first time at our church’s Christmas fellowship on Sunday. All I can say is… WON-DER-FUL!

  • Brooke says:

    Wow, I managed to mess up the World’s Easiest Christmas Candy. I decided to try it, and thought I could remember the ingredients without printing it out (I mean it is the world’s easiest, right?) I used 1 cup of butter, not 1 stick. Whoops, thought it looked a little runny. Good thing I got some free Nabisco saltine’s at my local store last week 🙂

  • Casey says:

    My uncle always made this and it is truly one of my favorite parts of christmas. He passed away last christmas, but now I have the recipe and can carry on the tradition. thanks!

  • Anitra says:

    I have a friend who brings something like this to every party. We call them “Death Cookies” because they are SOOO good and so addictive!

  • jessgrtn says:

    We make these too but call the kringle treats…. You can also use grahm crackers. We put walnuts and sprinkles on ours and we use regular sugar instead of brown. Next batch we make Im going to try the brown sugar and see if we like it better 🙂

  • Holli Litrenta says:

    I was just introduced to these last week. SOOOOOOO addicting! I made a batch for myself the next day and devoured it myself in about 3 or 4 days. YUM!

  • Laura says:

    I grew up eating this. We call it Cracker Candy. My mom used to make it at Christmastime. She is not with us anymore, but I plan to make it with my daughter when she gets big enough (she’s a year old)!

  • jan says:

    I love all the comments on this one- I am laughing!

  • Deb says:

    I grew up in Hawaii (where the traditions are slightly different) but I never saw toffee on Saltines until I moved to the Midwest and I thought it was very bizarre at first, like a knock off to real toffee or something, now I know that EVERYONE makes it and I am the oddball! But I still think it is like “redneck” toffee. =)

  • Jennifer Wright says:

    We call it Christmas Crack around here because you get so addicted. My MIL made it with Cinnamon Sugar Ritz crackers and it was the best thing I’ve ever had. I may buy up all the Cinnamon Sugar Ritz I can find and make some up for work this weekend-the guys that have to work over will love it.

  • TallyMichelle says:

    Seriously amazing on matzoh…try it!

  • Niki says:

    I made a similar version once with graham crackers, brown sugar mixture and pecans on top. It’s called “Boy Bait” and my husband literally couldn’t stay away. Lol. I need to try this since I have all the ingredients!

  • Jennifer says:

    I am soooo glad you posted this recipe! I had it for the first time a few months ago and have thought of it repeatedly and keep forgetting to google the recipe. Printing right now! Definitely one for the “fast” recipe catagory in my recipe box.

  • Within hours of readig this post, someone gave some to us! Too funny! I wonder if she got the idea on here!

  • michelle says:

    I just made this the other night! I originally saw it on Paula Dean’s show and thought it was crazy! I then saw it on balancing beauty and bedlam and had to try it! Yumm-o!!! I used parchment to line the pan (SUPER easy clean up!) and heath bar chips on top! Definately a new tradition!!!

  • charity says:

    Oh YuM! thanks for all the wonderful treat ideas.

  • Rachael says:

    I just made this tonight for the first time, and it was so yummy. I’m going to make another batch tomorrow, this time with a mix of peanut butter and dark chocolate chips. Thanks for the great idea! 🙂

  • Amy says:

    I’d like to try the pb version — can somebody please help me with it? Do you use pb instead of b sugar?

    Also, I made something very similar some time ago — maybe the same recipe — and the saltines seemed pretty soggy. Didn’t see any other mention of this though.

    Thanks and Have a Blessed Christmas!

  • vetmed says:

    We do sthe same thing but with graham crackers and crushed candy canes or nuts on top.

  • Becky says:

    I made it for the 1st time last night.. Used graham crackers & margarine instead of butter, then sprinkled pecans on top. It tasted very good but even though I lined the pan with parchment paper it stuck very badly.. Next time I want to try it with graham crackers and marshmallows..Maybe some peanut butter chips.. I make a marshmallow peanut butter toast my kids love so I bet they will eat that too…

  • My Boaz's Ruth says:

    Crackers are one of my anti-nausea tools… Wonder if this would make a tastier alternative!

    I’ll have to try it

    Salted or unsalted butter?

    • crystal says:

      @My Boaz’s Ruth, I used unsalted butter last night since i had sticks of that and it worked just fine. But I think somehow I overcooked it wether I let the brown sugar and butter melt to long or I baked it too long which I only did 4 min and still burnt the sugar. So had to throw half of it out because it was burnt and bitter. The other half was yummy my daughter and I loved it the boys didn’t care for it.

  • mariah says:

    I made this last night, BUT I boiled the butter and brown sugar too long and it was hard to spread over the crackers…I know this seems fool proof, but I ave 3 little ones and was busy…SO…be careful not to do my mistake and let the sugar mixture be a little on the runnier side. 🙂

    • Amy says:

      @mariah, I’m glad I’m not the only one who messed up the world’s easiest candy! I was trying to measure out ingredients for chex mix while the butter/brown sugar was melting and when I came back to pour out the mixture and spread it was one big glop that wouldn’t spread. Had to throw the whole thing in the trash. I really need to stop thinking I can do more than one thing at a time!

  • Alice S. says:

    I just made this stuff today. WOWEEE! After I cut it all up for the storage container, I finished the pan with a fork standing at the kitchen counter. How can anything this cheap and easy taste so good? I am so not a cook, but I am really proud of myself! This tastes like I know what I’m doing! Thanks so much. Merry Christmas.

  • Lisa V says:

    Ok, I don’t have any room in my freezer so could I put them in the refrigerator? Don’t know if that would work? Any ideas? Thanks and Merry Christmas.

    • Jennifer B. says:

      @Lisa V, We have always used the refrigerator and never the freezer for this recipe.

      Also, we’ve always called it Saltine Toffee.

      • Laura says:

        @Jennifer B.,
        I put it on foil (sprayed) on my baking sheet. Once it was done baking, I slipped the foil off the baking sheet and onto a cutting board and popped that in my freezer. It worked perfecto! My 2 cookie sheets I have were also way too big for my freezer (could not close the door!). =)

  • Amy W says:

    oh and make sure you butter the foil.
    It is nearly impossible to pull out little bits of foil once it is hardened. Not so fun to bite into it either!

  • Karen McDowell says:

    My friends and I call this candy “crack” it’s so addicting! I’ve been making it for years and it’s one of my most requested recipes!

  • Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Crystal! I made it today for the first time and it turned out great!!! It was super easy for me and my 5-year-old to make together as a treat for his great-grandparents. Merry Christmas!!!

  • Becky says:

    One of my closest friends has made this for me at Christmas for years! She calls it Bark. Not sure of the reason…maybe it looks like tree bark?

  • tonya says:

    I have made this for the last 3 years–this year it turned out gooey unless I keep it refrigerated–is that normal? It was hard the last two years. Thoughts?

    I also was told to foil line and then parchment line the pan–forgot the parchment and what a pain to peel the foil off.
    Mine tastes great, but I don’t like the texture at all.

  • Laurie Gibbs says:

    I made that with graham crackers instead of Saltines this year. I can’t recall the title of the recipe. Yum! The closest thing I get to “toffee”!

  • Oh so yummy! This has been a family favorite for years! We do it with matzoh crackers instead of saltines though.

  • Christine says:

    This stuff is Christmas crack! It is extremely addicting. My oldest son and I could not stop eating it. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll make it again because I really had no self-control. It’s amazing!

  • Margaret says:

    We do it for all sorts of occasions— Christmas gifts for neighbors, teachers etc. so easy! We generally do it with white sugar and we always add butterscotch and often peanut butter chips too. Then walnut pieces on top.
    Freezes so well!

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