How to Make Saltine Bars with Saltine Crackers: A Delicious and Easy Treat

Saltine bars, also known as Christmas crack, are a delightful and simple dessert that’s perfect for the holiday season or any time you crave a sweet and salty treat. This recipe combines the classic flavors of saltine crackers, buttery toffee, and rich chocolate for an irresistible combination.

With just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort, you can whip up a batch of these addictive bars in no time. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and guarantees delicious results.


  • 4 ounces saltine crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips
  • (optional) 3/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Line a baking sheet with at least a 1/2-inch edge or jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Arrange the saltine crackers in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  2. In a small pot, combine the sugar and butter and bring to a boil. Once the mixture reaches a boil, continue boiling for 3 minutes. The mixture should turn into a deep caramel color.
  3. Immediately pour the hot caramel mixture over the saltine crackers, spreading it evenly to cover the crackers completely.
  4. Bake the crackers for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the caramel becomes bubbly and the crackers appear to be floating. Remove the pan from the oven and use a spatula to straighten any crackers that have shifted out of place.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot toffee layer. Let the chocolate sit for a few minutes to melt, or if necessary, pop the pan back into the oven for a couple of minutes to encourage melting. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 1 minute and then spread it over the toffee.
  6. Once the chocolate has melted, spread it evenly over the toffee layer and top with chopped pecans, if desired.
  7. Allow the bars to cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a faster set. Once cool, break the toffee into pieces and enjoy!


  • For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free pretzels instead of saltine crackers.
  • If you prefer a thicker toffee layer, simply increase the amount of butter and brown sugar in the recipe.
  • To prevent the toffee from sticking to your pan, line it with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.
  • Store the saltine bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze the bars for up to 2 months.


  • Use different types of chocolate chips, such as butterscotch, peanut butter, dark chocolate, or white chocolate.
  • Add a sprinkle of sea salt to the finished bars for a salty-sweet flavor combination.
  • Drizzle melted white chocolate over the bars for an extra touch of sweetness and decoration.
  • Top the bars with chopped nuts, sprinkles, or dried fruit for added flavor and texture.


Making saltine bars with saltine crackers is a fun and rewarding experience that yields a delicious and addictive treat. With its simple ingredients, easy instructions, and endless variations, this recipe is perfect for bakers of all skill levels. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to indulge in this delightful and irresistible dessert.

How to Make Saltine Cracker Candy

The most difficult aspect of creating candies is preparing the toffee. Look at that sweet, caramel-colored, bubbling beauty.

Brown sugar and butter are the only two ingredients used to make the toffee. On the stovetop, melt the two together and bring to a boil.

Under no circumstances should you disturb this toffee while it is boiling, as it is working its magic. This was a difficult lesson for me to learn because I’m always worried about my sauces burning. Just don’t do it if your instinct is to scrape the sides or toss in a few stirs. The toffee knows what it’s doing.

Use a timer to bring it to a boil for three minutes, and then quickly pour or spread it over your crackers.

Once your saltine crackers are covered in toffee, bake them at a high temperature for a few minutes, or until the golden toffee layer is bubbly and nice.

Let them do their thing and don’t freak out if some of them appear to be trying to float away. You can leave some space between your crackers.

Now my favorite part.

Add lots of chocolate chips to your toffee layer, then pop them back in the oven for two more minutes. This facilitates spreading and keeps the chips nice and melty.

Although you are free to omit the chocolate if you’d rather, I’m aware that some people make saltine cracker candies without it, and that doesn’t sit well in my household.

I never put a topping on top of the chocolate when I made saltine cracker candy in the past. I’ve been utilizing chopped pecans lately, but you can really use any kind of topping. Almost anything pairs well with saltine cracker candy, including peanuts, walnuts, sprinkles, and candy pieces.

If any of the individuals I mentioned earlier are attempting to make this without chocolate, simply omit this step and immediately sprinkle your desired toppings over the toffee after it has been taken out of the oven.

I usually place the chocolate topping in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes because it takes a while for it to set at room temperature because it is made with melted chocolate chips. Then remove it and break (or cut) into pieces. Although they don’t cut very evenly, the uneven pieces add to the rustic charm of the piece

Although saltine cracker candy doesn’t need to be refrigerated, I personally like to keep it cold in the refrigerator because the chocolate can melt in your hands quite quickly.

How to Make Saltine Cracker Candy


What can I put on saltine crackers?

Saltines are a blank canvas — perfect for soaking up butter and warm spices, or as a vehicle for prosciutto, smoked salmon, or even sorbet.

Why is my Christmas crack gritty?

Rapidly cooling caramel can cause sugar crystal formation. It’s likely when pouring it over the cold pretzels, that’s what happened.

What bioengineered food ingredient is in saltine crackers?

SOYBEAN OIL (WITH TBHQ) This additive is of higher concern in food. Learn why.

What’s the difference between saltine crackers and regular crackers?

Soda crackers are thin, crispy, dry crackers that are sprinkled with salt and have little holes on their surface. In contrast, saltines are thin, crispy dry crackers that are sprinkled with salt and have holes on their surface. That’s right, they are the same thing!

How do you cook saltine crackers?

Place the saltine cracker side by side, in a single layer on the baking sheet; set aside. Melt the butter and brown sugar together in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves, stirring as required until the caramel comes to a boil. Once it boils, don’t stir it, just let it cook for 3 minutes.

What are saltine cracker caramel bars?

I love Saltine Cracker Caramel Bars for the irresistible combination of sweet and salty flavors. The crispy saltine crackers, smothered in rich caramel and topped with a luscious chocolate layer, create a delectable treat that everyone always loves.

How long do you cook caramel Crackers in the oven?

Once it boils, don’t stir it, just let it cook for 3 minutes. Carefully pour the caramel over the saltines and make sure all the crackers are covered in the caramel, using an offset spatula. Bake for 8 minutes. CHOCOLATE: Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and immediately top with the chocolate chips.

How long do you bake saltines in the oven?

Carefully pour the caramel over the saltines and make sure all the crackers are covered in the caramel, using an offset spatula. Bake for 8 minutes. CHOCOLATE: Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and immediately top with the chocolate chips. Let the chocolate sit for a minute and heat through, then spread using an offset spatula.

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