Graham Cracker Toffee (aka Graham Cracker Crack)

I have a recipe for Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) that’s nearly 5 years old and every year before Christmas it’s one of my most popular.

This recipe is a spinoff on that but uses graham crackers instead of saltine crackers.

Graham Cracker Toffee (aka Graham Cracker CRACK) - Sweet, buttery, caramely, perfectly chocolaty, topped with toffee bits for extra crunch!! Lives up to its name and extremely ADDICTIVE!! An EASY holiday and party FAVORITE!!

It’s fast and easy to make and it lives up to it’s name because it’s supremely addictive. It’s sweet, buttery with caramel and nutty undertones, crunchy, and chewy all in one.

The slight crunch of the graham crackers is a perfect base for the buttery, caramely, brown sugar-based toffee topping.

 It's fast and easy to make and it lives up to it's name because it's supremely addictive. It's sweet, buttery with caramel and nutty undertones, crunchy, and chewy all in one. The slight crunch of the graham crackers is a perfect base for the buttery, caramely, brown sugar-based toffee topping.

Although I didn’t brown the butter per se, it’s boiled with brown sugar for five minutes and takes on the rich, nutty flavor quality of browned butter which is my weakness. It’s absolutely divine.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips balance the sweetness of the toffee while toffee bits add crunch and extra flavor.

Graham Cracker Toffee (aka Graham Cracker CRACK) - Sweet, buttery, caramely, perfectly chocolaty, topped with toffee bits for extra crunch!! Lives up to its name and extremely ADDICTIVE!! An EASY holiday and party FAVORITE!!

If you’re looking for a recipe that will disappear at holiday parties, cookie exchanges, neighborhood potlucks, or school bake sales, this is a guaranteed winner. Everyone I gave some to couldn’t stop eating it.

Graham Cracker Toffee (aka Graham Cracker CRACK) - Sweet, buttery, caramely, perfectly chocolaty, topped with toffee bits for extra crunch!! Lives up to its name and extremely ADDICTIVE!! An EASY holiday and party FAVORITE!!

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Graham Cracker Toffee (aka Graham Cracker Crack)

The toffee is fast and easy to make and it lives up to it's name because it's supremely addictive. It's sweet, buttery with caramel and nutty undertones, crunchy, and chewy all in one. The slight crunch of the graham crackers is a perfect base for the buttery, caramely, brown sugar-based toffee topping and the butter takes on the rich, nutty flavor quality of browned butter. Semi-sweet chocolate chips balance the sweetness of the toffee while toffee bits add crunch and extra flavor. If you're looking for a recipe that will disappear at holiday parties, cookie exchanges, neighborhood potlucks, or school bake sales, this is a guaranteed winner.

Yield: one 9x13-inch pan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: boil about 5 minutes, bake for about 9 minutes divided

Total Time: 3+ hours, for cooling

Ingredients:

  • about 10 full-size honey graham crackers, or enough to cover pan (I used low-fat)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup toffee bits

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place graham crackers in pan in a single, flat layer so pan is completely covered with them. You will have to break some crackers to fill in the smaller spaces at the edges. It's ok if there are slight gaps, doesn't have to be perfect; set aside.
  3. To a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan with high sides, add the butter, brown sugar, salt, and heat over medium-high heat to melt. Stir constantly until butter has melted.
  4. After butter has melted, allow mixture to boil for about 4 1/2 to 5 minutes at a medium-fast boil (lots of bubbles). Stir constantly to prevent burning. As you approach the 4 minute mark, mixture should seem thickened with the consistency of medium-thick caramel sauce. I pulled mine off the heat at 4 1/2 minutes because it was thick enough.
  5. Evenly pour mixture over graham crackers.
  6. Bake for about 7 minutes, or until there's bubbling around the edges.
  7. Remove pan from oven, evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips, return pan to oven, and bake for about 2 minutes, or until chocolate chips are glistening and have softened.
  8. Use a spatula to smooth the chocolate chips into an even, smooth layer of melted chocolate.
  9. Evenly sprinkle with toffee bits.
  10. Allow toffee to cool for about 2 to 3 hours, or until chocolate has set up and dessert is sliceable. Notes - I made this on a very warm day and after 4 hours cooling at room temp, the chocolate was still on the melty side. I didn't refrigerate it because of the condensation effect that happens after chocolate has been refrigerated and then comes to room temp and you can see fine water droplets on it, but this is merely a cosmetic issue. If you're in a hurry you can expedite the cooling process by refrigerating, noting the condensation effect will occur. Toffee will keep airtight at room temp for up to 2 weeks, or in the fridge for up to 1 months, or freezer for up to 3 months.

Adapted from Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack)

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26 comments

  1. Graham cracker crack sounds delicious! One look at the photo tells me it’s addictive. These also seem like the perfect cross between a bar and candy…..with a little bias toward the candy aspect!!

  2. Ooh. I’ve had something similar, made with matzo bread, but I love graham crackers and I think this would be a nice riff.

  3. Wow this sounds amazing! I’ve made your toffee crack before as a Christmas present to my dad and that was a huge hit. It was dangerously good!

  4. hey girl this looks so good! I have made it with saltine crackers and it is so yummy!

  5. Christmas crack is delicious and this honestly sounds SO much better! IAnd they have GF graham crackers, but not saltines. Not that I’m going to make this because I’d eat it all in one day.

    LOLing at the fat free graham crackers!! That’s like ordering a diet coke with a big mac and fries. (I’m teasing, I know its probably just what you had at home.)

  6. I’ve made graham cracker toffee before and I LOOOOOOOOOVE IT. Yours look fantastic!

  7. I can easily eat the entire pan of this! It’s the BEST candy.

  8. I grew up eating this stuff at Christmas. It is SO good!

  9. Whoa! I feel like I need this in my life!

  10. I could seriously eat an entire tray of these! YUMMMM! I’ve always wanted to make one of these saltine crack recipes and this might be the one I need to try first!

  11. this sounds amazing. thanks for your post i have one more suggestion to do for my kid’s birthday party next week.
    hope you enjoy your day!

  12. I made this about a month ago, took it to our book club, and it was amazing. Today I made it again to take to our family Thanksgiving. Something went wrong. When I cut it, the chocolate layer separated from the graham cracker layer and they look terrible. Taste great though. I need to remake it. What to do differently? I cooked the caramel about 4 and a quarter minutes both times, in the oven about 6 and a half minutes both times, cooled on the counter. Thanks!

    • Baking science and why things happen sometimes and other times they don’t…I do not know. I would say the problem is in the chocolate not the toffee. Sounds like the toffee part was fine and it’s just an issue of the chocolate not sticking well to the toffee. I swear by Trader Joe’s chocolate chips for stuff like this because they are more forgiving I find than other brands. If you don’t have access to those, I would switch up your choc chip brand. Also something like a chopped chocolate, i.e. Trader Joe’s 72% pound plus bars, or a darker baking chocolate could work. LMK how the re-make goes.

  13. How many squares does this make?

  14. I followed this to a tee but my Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chips would not melt!  I tried leaving them in longer and it just got worse. So my cchips are just sitting on top, which I guess is ok but not as pretty. Aldo, I didn’t have toffee bits so I used pecans instead. 

    • I hate to say it but Nestle chips melt the least of all brands I’ve ever tried. If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, theirs melt beautifully smooth. Or try other brands in the grocery store next time.

  15. Hi Averie! I tried these and they were amazing! I wanna make them for my friends, but i was hoping to make the graham crackers a little less obvious (to keep the magic a secret ;) ). Will it work if i sort of crush the graham crackers to tinier pieces and then mix it with the toffee before adding the chocolate? 

    • I would not because the pulverized crackers will not stand up to the topping layers and it will be a real mess. WHY DISGUISE? Who cares! They’re delicious as is and if your friend will realize that.

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