Rate This Recipe:
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!
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!
- 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
Let’s Go Step-by-Step
I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.
Toast the 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.
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
Place the crackers with the edges touching in a single layer in a small baking sheet.
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
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 for 5 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and bubbling.
Add Chocolate Chips
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
Remove the pan from the oven and spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers.
Add Toasted Pecans
Sprinkle the top with the toasted pecans.
After adding the nuts, I gently press all over to make sure the nuts adhere to the chocolate layer.
Cool and Break into Pieces
Allow the mixture to cool completely until the chocolate has re-solidified. Break into pieces.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
Saltine Cracker Toffee
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
— This post was originally published on January 11, 2010. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.