I mean, there just isn’t any other way to name this. Saltine toffee may sound a bit more appropriate, but Christmas crack does have a nice ring to it, don’t you agree?
I brought a large platter of cookies to our annual cousin’s party last year and I’m not going to name names or anything (ahem, David) but the roughly 6 piece portion of this toffee that was tucked neatly on the platter was pretty much consumed in 10 seconds flat. Note to self – bring a whole sheet next year.
And that’s exactly what I plan on doing.
I would actually recommend you make two batches because one just won’t cut it. The sheet pictured is already taunting me from my screened in porch where it is cooling away in the winter wind. And I swear I saw two squirrels formulating a break in.
Hey, I don’t blame them.
- 40-60 (approximately) saltine crackers
- 1/2 cup Salted Butter (1 stick)
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 12-ounce bag good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup salted nuts, roughly chopped (I used walnuts)
- Other sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Arrange saltines in a single layer in a rimmed baking sheet so that the pan is completely covered with a solid layer of crackers. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar and vanilla. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat and allow to boil for 1 to 2 minutes until it starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and immediately pour over the crackers in an even layer.
- Use an offset spatula or knife to spread the mixture all over the crackers. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top, then return the pan to the oven for 1 minute. Remove the pan and gently spread the softened chocolate in a thin layer all over the crackers. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle the nuts and/or sprinkles all over the top.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. When totally cool, break into large pieces.