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Saltine Cracker Toffee

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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.

Saltine cracker toffee on a white serving plate.

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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!

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.

❤️ Why We Love This Recipe


  • 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


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  • 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.
  1. 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. Set the nuts aside while you make the toffee.

👉 PRO 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.

Preheat the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare the Crackers

A layer of saltine crackers on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  1. Place the crackers with the edges touching in a single layer in a small baking sheet.

👉 PRO TIP: Lining your baking sheet with aluminum foil makes clean-up later much easier!

Make the Toffee

  1. Add the brown sugar and butter to a small 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.
  1. 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

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

Add Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips added to warm toffee layer.
  1. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
  2. 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.
  1. Remove the pan from the oven and spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers.

Add Toasted Pecans

Toasted pecans added to chocolate layer.
  1. Sprinkle the top with the toasted pecans.

👉 PRO 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.
  1. Allow the mixture to cool completely until the chocolate has re-solidified. Break into pieces.
Saltine cracker toffee on a white serving plate.

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

🍚 How to Store


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.

❓ Questions About Saltine Cracker Toffee


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 toffee?

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 I can 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 or plain salted potato chips – the sky’s the limit!

Lana Stuart.

More Questions? I’m happy to help!

If you have more questions about the recipe, or if you’ve made it and would like to leave a comment, scroll down to leave your thoughts, questions, and/or rating!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

📖 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 20 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

  • When toasting pecans, keep a close watch on them. If you start to smell toasted nuts, take them out immediately. They’re already done when you smell that toasty nut smell.
  • If you prefer to use unsalted crackers, you can but your finished toffee will be missing some of that sweet-salty contrast that makes this recipe special.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. 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 healthcare 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.

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44 Comments

  1. Charlene Simpson says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this stuff.. I have to make it every year now.

  2. 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!!

    1. I love that part – spreading the melted chocolate over the toffee! As you said, it’s very satisfying :-)

  3. Would RITZ work ? Anyone ever try them ??

    1. Jayne C. Offchiss says:

      I have always used ritz crackers and they are great with this recipe.

  4. Scherrie LeClaire says:

    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!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I haven’t made her recipe, so I can’t really say how different it is. I just know that mine is delicious.

      1. I made this but it has not solidified. It’s been 2 hours ☹️

        1. Lana Stuart says:

          Put it in the refrigerator and it will finish hardening.

  5. Shelley harris says:

    Is the butter salted or unsalted???

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I use salted. Your choice.

  6. 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. Lana Stuart says:

      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.

  7. Suzanne Pinette says:

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

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      That does sound good, Suzanne! Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. Pam Kohart says:

    I have made these for years, only we called them “Christmas Crack”. I guess it means that they are addictive…and they are. ha ha. I like your name for them better. I make these and several other dessert bar/cookie/christmastreat thingys and include them all in gift packages for the holidays for my 2 neighbors, a friend who is a shut-in, and my mail carrier, and other friends. They all look forward to it. Thank you!

  9. Has anyone tried freezing these?

  10. Just made two batches of these to take to Atlanta for the Davis and the Hill annual Christmas get-togethers this weekend. Can’t wait for everyone to try them. My first time making this recipe. I make the graham cracker, butter, white sugar and pecan ones every year. I will let you know how they like these. Thanks for another great recipe! Happy New Year!

  11. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe, Lana!! This South Georgian was introduced to it years & years ago while residing in Atlanta! And you are sooo right…very addictive!!!

  12. NO REASON NEEDED says:

    Mmmmm, my kids would LOVE this!!!!

    1. And it’s so easy to make! No need to wait for a special occasion.

  13. Have you ever done them with graham crackers? Just wondering how that would taste.

    1. Hi Lorraine – I have not done these with graham crackers. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out!

      1. I tried it with graham crackers and did not like it as much. The graham crackers don’t absorb the butter as well as the saltines.

  14. I clicked on this and never realized what it would be. The name had me so curious and I just love it! LOL

    Someone I work with brought these into work a few years back and we all went nuts for them. When she told us they were made with saltines none of us believed her. I’ve made them several times myself and everyone always loves them and asks for the recipe.

    We usually call them “Ya know, those toffee cracker thingies.” But I love your title more!

    1. Glad I could provide you with a more humorous title, Pam! Whatever you call them, they’re just really good, aren’t they?

  15. I make mine with CRUSHED crackers, 1.5 sticks of butter, and 1 cup of white sugar… It is my Great Aunt’s recipe. I love that someone else knows the “Cracker Secret” =)

  16. oneshotbeyond says:

    I just made this for the 1st time the other day and LOVED it so much! :-)

  17. I love the recipes you spotlight on your website. Simple, creative, simple, tasty and did I say simple!

    1. Thanks, Linda. I do try to keep it simple when possible. So glad you visited the site and I hope you’ll come back again!

  18. I have made that for years and it’s always a hit..I usually make it minus the nuts. I have also made it with milk chocolate chips instead of semi sweet. It’s always one of the first goodies gone at our family get togethers! I didn’t know it was a southern treat..as we live in Michigan and everyone around here makes it also!! No matter where you live this is a yummy treat!! Thanks for sharing the recipe here!!

    1. Aren’t these so good? I can’t believe I’d never heard of them until recently. I also like the idea of using white chocolate and walnuts. Yum.

  19. My sister just made some wonderful toffee bars over the holidays but the addition of the crackers looks great!

  20. Caveman Cooking says:

    You can call me a “redneck” if I can have a piece of that there bark! ;) YUM!!

  21. These look scruptious!

  22. sweet, salt, crunch, chocolate and pecans. Sounds like a well rounded snack to me! Thanks for posting. I have seen this so many times, and now I know I need to make some. YUM

  23. jenn (Bread + Butter) says:

    That’s really cool. I’m never seen toffee bars made with saltines. I’ve definitely got to give this one a try. I. MUST.

  24. Angela@SpinachTiger says:

    I’ve made this before and it’s so so so addicting. Very southern.

  25. The Cookie Girl says:

    OMgoodness. I make this and I love it. I just saw it again yesterday in a Southern Living cookbook too.
    I use white chocolate and walnuts too. Everyone just raves over it when I make it.
    I think it has a great flavor!

  26. I have had this before (I live in redneck country) and it is amazingly good…….

    1. Kate Snave says:

      I have also made this with Graham crackers and topped it all ingredients, then marshmallows as a final topper.

  27. Amy from She Wears Many Hats says:

    I wish I could have just one piece myself. Guess I could just make a mini batch?