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Saltine Cracker Toffee

Whether you call it poor man’s toffee, redneck toffee, or just plain saltine cracker toffee - this is one sweet treat you'll love!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Saltine cracker toffee on a white serving plate.

This Saltine Cracker Toffee, also known as “Redneck Toffee” or “Poor Man’s Toffee,” is a quick and easy pecan toffee made with semi-sweet chocolate morsels and (believe or not!) saltine crackers.

If you’re trying to maintain a diet or eating healthy, please be warned. This post is not going to help you with that. Just go on somewhere else and forget you ever came here. Seriously. Turn away now!

Saltine cracker toffee on a white serving plate.

Still here? Good…me, too.

I’m not sure what it is about Saltine Cracker Toffee, but I can’t seem to get enough of it. The rich buttery flavor, the crunch of the roasted pecan topping, the hint of saltiness from the saltine crackers…it’s just perfect!

Toffee is a classic candy that has been around for centuries. It’s traditionally made with butter, sugar, and chocolate, but this recipe has an interesting twist to it – saltine crackers.

Sounds a bit strange, right? It would if you’ve never had it before, but let me tell you this is one of the best toffees I’ve ever had!

Saltine Cracker Toffee is a recipe that goes by many, many names. And unlike other candy recipes, it doesn’t require a double boiler, nor a candy thermometer, or loads of ingredients; in fact, there are only 5!

This has become a standard, often asked-for, holiday treat around our house. I hope it’ll become one of your favorites, too. You can always worry about that diet some other time of the year.


  • The perfect blend of brown sugar caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, and pecans.
  • It’s quick and easy to make and you can do large batches without breaking the bank.
  • It’s a crowd pleaser. If you’re looking for something to bring to a get together that everyone will love, this is it!

Equipment You’ll Need

You’ll need a small saucepan, a 10×15 baking sheet, and a few utensils to make your toffee. And, if you line the baking sheet with aluminum foil, you’ll end up with just one pan to wash!

Ingredient Notes

  • Saltine Crackers (I always use Nabisco Premium brand crackers. You’ll need about one sleeve of crackers.
  • Butter (Salted or unsalted, your choice. In the south, we generally use salted for everything, even baking.)
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (Purchase a quality brand with a high percentage of chocolate.
  • Pecans (I know pecans can be expensive in other parts of the country. Substitute a different nut if you like.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Saltine Cracker Toffee

Toast the Pecans

Chopped and toasted pecans.

Chop the pecans and place them in a small baking pan in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 5 minutes or until the nuts are toasted.

COOK’S TIP 
When toasting pecans, keep a sharp eye on them. They can go from raw to burnt very quickly. If you start to smell toasted nuts, take them out immediately. They’re already done when you smell that toasty nut smell.

Set the nuts aside while you make the toffee.

Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare the Crackers

A layer of saltine crackers on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Place the crackers with the edges touching in a single layer in a small baking sheet.

COOK’S TIP 
Lining your baking sheet with aluminum foil makes clean-up later much easier!

Make the Toffee

Add the brown sugar and butter to a small in a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until the butter is completely melted and the mixture comes to a rapid boil.

Pour the Toffee over the Crackers

Hot toffee mixture baked with saltine cracker layer.

Pour the boiling hot mixture over the crackers and spread it out evenly with a wooden spoon or brush making sure to cover all the way to the edges of the crackers.

Bake

Bake for 5 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and bubbling.

Add Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips added to warm toffee layer.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Turn the oven off and place the pan back in the hot oven for one minute to soften the chocolate.

Spread Melted Chocolate

Melted chocolate chips on top of cracker and toffee layers.

Remove the pan from the oven and spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers.

Add Toasted Pecans

Toasted pecans added to chocolate layer.

Sprinkle the top with the toasted pecans.

COOK’S TIP 
After adding the nuts, I gently press all over to make sure the nuts adhere to the chocolate layer.

Cool and Break into Pieces

Finished toffee broken into pieces.

Allow the mixture to cool completely until the chocolate has re-solidified. Break into pieces.

Saltine cracker toffee on a white serving plate.

Now, you can either put them in a nice tin to gift someone for Christmas or set it out in a bowl and watch it disappear!

Storage

Store the toffee in an airtight container at room temperature as the saltines will soften if exposed to humidity and moisture. It should last about a week. I don’t recommend refrigerating the toffee because it can cause the crackers to become a bit soggy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use unsalted crackers in this recipe?

If you prefer to use unsalted crackers, you can. However, your finished toffee will be missing some of that sweet-salty contrast that makes this recipe special.

Can I use another type of cracker instead of saltines?

I’ve heard of some cooks who make graham cracker toffee and that sounds delicious to me! For that recipe, you’d simply substitute graham crackers for the saltines. You might also experiment with other savory crackers such as Triscuit.

Can I use milk or white chocolate for my Christmas crack?

This recipe is traditionally made with semi-sweet chocolate, but anything goes! You might test a small batch to make sure you like it if you do decide to change the chocolate. I’m thinking a white chocolate pistachio saltine toffee with a few dried cranberries sounds amazing!

Are there other toppings can I use besides pecans?

You can use anything that pairs well with caramel and chocolate. Cashews, almonds, peanuts, and even sunflower seeds would be delicious! Also try crushed pretzel pieces, plain salted potato chips – the sky’s the limit!

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Recipe

Saltine cracker toffee on a white serving plate.

Saltine Cracker Toffee

Whether you call it poor man’s toffee, redneck toffee, or just plain saltine cracker toffee – this is one sweet treat you'll love!
4.95 from 17 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American, Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 35 servings
Calories: 107kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 35 saltine crackers
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Instructions

To toast pecans:

  • Place pecans in a small baking pan in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 5 minutes or until nuts are toasted.

For the toffee:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the crackers in a single layer in a small baking pan.
  • Cook brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until butter is completely melted and mixture comes to a rapid boil.
  • Pour over crackers and spread out with a wooden spoon or brush making sure to cover all the way to the edges of the crackers.
  • Bake 5 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  • Turn the oven off and place the pan back in the hot oven for 1 minute to soften the chocolate chips.
  • Remove from oven and spread chocolate evenly over the crackers.
  • Sprinkle with nuts.
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely until the chocolate has re-solidified. Break into pieces.

Notes

Ingredients:
  • I always use Nabisco Premium brand crackers. You’ll need about one sleeve of crackers.
  • Use salted or unsalted butter, your choice. In the south, we generally use salted for everything, even baking.
  • Purchase a quality brand of chocolate chips with a high percentage of chocolate.
  • I know pecans can be expensive in other parts of the country. Substitute a different nut if you like.
Tips:
  • When toasting pecans, keep a sharp eye on them. They can go from raw to burnt very quickly. If you start to smell toasted nuts, take them out immediately. They’re already done when you smell that toasty nut smell.
  • After adding the nuts, I gently press all over to make sure the nuts adhere to the chocolate layer.
  • If you prefer to use unsalted crackers, you can. However, your finished toffee will be missing some of that sweet-salty contrast that makes this recipe special.
Storage:
Store the toffee in an airtight container at room temperature as the saltines will soften if exposed to humidity and moisture. It should last about a week. I don’t recommend refrigerating the toffee because it can cause the crackers to become a bit soggy.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on January 11, 2010. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

A stack of pieces of Saltine Cracker Toffee on a serving plate.

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  1. As easy as I could hope for!! Very satisfying when I spread the softened chocolate chips across the top—-smooth and beautiful!! Surprised myself !! And, YUMMY !! I recommend this recipe highly… Will DEFINITELY be making more. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool!!

  2. I have made this exact recipe several times from a Trisha Yearwood episode. But that recipe said to boil the sugar mixture for Four minutes. Yours says to just bring to a boil. How does the difference affect the toffee? These little treats are always a hit!

  3. My Gramma used to make these with graham crackers, they were called pecan pralines boy were they delish… I think I’ll try them again with the saltines and with the grandkids around I wont have to eat too many, haha.

    1. Terri – I think I’ve heard from another person who said they had made these with graham crackers. Wow, does that sound wonderful! I’m sure your grandkids will love these – mine stand around the kitchen waiting for them to cool enough to eat! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll visit again.

  4. It’s also very good with chopped pretzels with the chocolate and pecans. The sweet and salty go so well together!