This Chocolate Saltine Peanut Butter Toffee is so easy to make and so addictive, you’ll quickly see why it’s affectionately referred to as “Christmas Crack”.
Eight days til Christmas! Are you done shopping? I ordered my last present (I think) yesterday and it should be here tomorrow. Christmas really snuck up on me this year.
Kinda like this baby seems to be doing. I never had six months go so quick.
Anyway, I was helping to cater a party for my mom and decided to make this “Christmas Crack” last minute in addition to the peanut butter balls.
I had everything on hand in my pantry, maybe you do too. You only need really basic ingredients – saltines, brown sugar, butter, chocolate, and peanut butter.
Many versions of Christmas Crack don’t include peanut butter but I think pretty much *all* things should include peanut butter, so mine does.
Such simple things but together – so good! I like it best straight from the fridge so it’s cold.
It doesn’t have to Christmas-y. You could use any kind of sprinkles. Or no sprinkles.
But, really, what’s life without sprinkles?
Tips to make this Christmas Crack a success
- Make sure you use a lipped pan for this recipe. It could get really messy without a lip.
- I also highly recommend using a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper) to help with clean up. Toffee is sticky.
- Not everyone uses peanut butter in their Christmas Crack recipe. You could skip it if you don’t like it (but I’m not sure we can still be friends).
- I haven’t tried it yet, but you can swap out the saltines with pretzels or graham crackers to add some variation.
- I recommend using a good chocolate (you know I love Ghirardelli baking chips) but you could use semi-sweet, milk, or even white chocolate, if that’s what you like.
- I always top with sprinkles to make it fun but you can skip that layer altogether or…fancy it up with other toppings. Like maybe mini M&Ms, or chopped nuts, use your imagination.
- This Chocolate Saltine Peanut Butter Toffee keeps really well, up to two weeks, in an airtight container. I like to keep mine in the fridge & eat it cold.
If you’re into toffee, try my Toffee Doodle Cookie recipe, too!
Why is my Christmas Crack chewy?
Your Christmas Crack might be chewy if you didn’t use real butter or if you didn’t let the butter and brown sugar mixture boil for the full three minutes, as indicated.
Tools found on Amazon to help you:
- A lipped pan – you don’t want all that hot goodness oozing off the pan.
- Heat safe spatulas for spreading the hot goodness
- Sprinkles! to make it festive
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