5 Ways to Top Your Christmas Crack!


Can't get enough salty-sweet Christmas Crack (a.k.a. Saltine Toffee or Cracker Toffee)? With its layers of chocolate, caramel, and saltines, it's a must for your holiday cookie tray! Here are five fun ways to top your next batch, from pretzels to pecans.

Photography Credit: Alison Conklin

Have you tried our recipe for Christmas Crack yet?

If not, head on over to our original recipe for this chocolate-covered saltine toffee and check it out! If this holiday treat is already a regular on your cookie tray, then maybe you’re looking for new ways to gussy it up!

Any of these five ideas below would make a decadent twist on the classic: pretzel-topped, coconut-dusted, pecan-topped, rocky road, and slivered almonds with dried cherries.

How to Make Christmas Crack

In brief, this candy is made by pouring melted brown sugar and butter over saltine crackers. Bake this for a few minutes until the brown sugar is bubbly and caramel-like, then top with melted chocolate.

Let this sit until firm, then crack and consume with wanton abandon.

Ways to Top Christmas Crack - Slice your christmas crack

When to Add the Toppings

You can add any of the toppings below after spreading the melted chocolate over the caramelized crackers. Just sprinkle your topping of choice evenly over the top and they will adhere to the surface, just like making chocolate bark.

You can even make a single batch with two or three different toppings! Just keep each topping contained to a section of the baking sheet.

Ready for Ideas? Let’s Go!

I’m not giving exact amounts for any of these toppings ingredients because I trust you to determine for yourself how much is enough topping for you. Generally speaking, two to three cups of any particular topping should be sufficient for a sheet pan of Christmas Crack.

Aim for an even layer of topping over the chocolate. If you use too much, then you’ll end up with loose bits that don’t stick to the chocolate.

Pretzel-Topped Christmas Crack

Pretzel-Topped Christmas Crack

Pretzels take the salty-sweetness of Christmas Crack just one notch further! You could also sprinkle chopped peanuts over the top for a bar snack treat.

Pretzel knots or pretzel sticks will work here. Roughly chop the pretzels before scattering over the warm chocolate.

Coconut-Topped Christmas Crack

Coconut-Topped Christmas Crack

A truly festive candy fit for the season! I like using dry shredded coconut for a snow-topped look, but you could also use flaked coconut if you like larger, crunchier flakes.

Sprinkle the coconut liberally over the surface and use the palms of your hands to press it lightly into the chocolate.

Slivered Almonds and Cranberries Christmas Crack

Slivered Almonds and Dried Cherries

Try using a truly dark chocolate with a higher percentage of cacao for this one. It makes such a nice contrast with the tangy (and chewy!) cherries and slivered almonds.

Swap out the cherries for cranberries if you prefer!

This makes a decidedly more grown-up version of Christmas Crack, suitable for cocktail parties and late-night rounds of eggnog.

Rocky Road Christmas Crack

Rocky Road Christmas Crack

If you’re going to go all out, you might as well go all out, ammiright?! Grab your mini marshmallows and chop up some walnut halves, and scatter with abandon.

To really gild the lily, drizzle some chocolate sauce over top just before setting out your cookie tray.

I also recommend briefly toasting the walnuts in the oven before adding them to your Christmas crack. This gives them a richer, nuttier flavor and a crunchier texture.

Pecan Topped Christmas Crack

Pecan “Turtle” Christmas Crack

My idea behind this one — aside from a straight-up love of pecans — was a “turtle” version of Christmas Crack. Turtle candies are made with chocolate-coated caramel and pecans, and this Christmas Crack delivers all those same elements.

Of course, you could switch up the pecans for any other kind of nut. Hazelnuts would be amazing, as would walnuts or chopped almonds.

As with the walnut and cranberry Christmas Crack, I recommend toasting your pecans (or whatever nuts you choose) before using them to give them a nuttier flavor and crunchier texture.

Ways to Top Your Christmas Crack - Make several kinds on a tray!

Your turn to share!

Ok, your turn! Do you love Christmas Crack? Have you played around with different toppings? Please share your favorite versions!

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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the Editor-in-Chief of Simply Recipes, and has over 10 years of experience creating food and content for web and print. She was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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  1. Diane

    You can also use Ritz Crackers or Club crackers for this recipe and I crushed up candy canes for the topping.

  2. Bronia

    I just made the regular ones and boy they are wonderful. It’s hard to stay away from them
    Thank you for all the suggestions, chocolate crinkles and now the ‘crack’ will stay on my Christmas list . Happy Holidays

  3. Lisa

    I don’t know what i’m doing wrong, but the last couple of times I have made this, the crackers were kind of soggy with butter. Any tips? It then broke apart in the exact saltine cracker shapes.

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  4. Shirl

    We make this every holiday season but use matzo crackers instead of saltines, top chocolate with finely chopped pecans and drizzle homemade caramel sauce over them.
    Always a favorite!

  5. Debbie

    Hi, about the mini marshmallows. You did say to put them on before baking? I have not made this recipe yet. I don’t know remember how long it said to bake so I’m assuming that the marshmallows will not melt our barn?

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