One Christmas season about a decade ago, a new tradition in our household was born. Like many years past, my mother attended a cookie exchange with a gaggle of girlfriends, bringing home a sampling of every kind of Christmas confection imaginable. After sorting through the standard sugar cookies, chocolate chips, and thumbprints, I came across a small, unassuming baggie of crispy candy that would change the way my heart and stomach craved the holidays forever.
The Saltine Cracker Toffee became a staple among the sea of peanut butter blossoms and Hershey-kissed pretzels that cover our dining room table each December. Throughout my college years, the first batch of the season was always sent straight to State College, bringing me a little Christmas cheer and transporting my tastebuds home for the holidays while I was cramming for final exams. I came to expect the delivery each year but never knew when exactly it would arrive. Coming home from class and tearing into the container for the first, satisfying bite of the season never ceased to make my day as I trudged towards the end of the semester.
How special can a saltine cracker be, you ask? With just 5 ingredients, this simple recipe transforms a basic, bland biscuit into a tempting toffee treat — the perfect mixture of salty and sweet — that will keep you re-opening the refrigerator for “just one more” until they’ve disappeared. If you can’t resist caramelized, chocolate-covered carbs, I can almost guarantee you’ll be making a second batch before Christmas Day!
Saltine Cracker Candy
Prep Time: 10 min
Makes: 10 servings
- 1 SLEEVE OF SALTINE CRACKERS
- 1 CUP OF BUTTER OR MARGARINE
- 1 CUP OF BROWN SUGAR
- 1 CUP OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS
- ⅔ CUP CHOPPED PECANS OR WALNUTS
- Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up
- For our gluten-free friends: Schar Gluten-free Table Crackers are a great substitution for saltines.
- If you’re allergic or averse to nuts, you can go without or top with a chopped candy of your choice instead.
- Place wax paper in between the layers of candy for storage, to make sure the candy doesn’t stick together.