This is a take on a classic recipe that’s sometimes called Saltine Candy, Saltine Toffee, Saltine Bark, Cracker Candy…the list goes on. But interestingly, I understand that the original recipe was actually created for matzo bread. (That would be delicious, too!) Whether you use matzo bread, saltines, graham crackers, or club crackers, the end result is the same: Sugar, buttery, chocolaty, toffee goodness…and it couldn’t be easier to make.
Here’s everything you need! Butter, saltines, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate chips, chopped cashews, and any colored sprinkles or candies you’d like!
This recipe includes one stick of classic Land O Lakes® Salted Butter. Raise your hand if you have more than five pounds of butter in your fridge right now.
(Christmas is a time for true confessions!)
To begin, lay out a layer of saltines on a rimmed baking sheet.
If they don’t fit perfectly on the size of pan you have, just break them as needed! Oh! And a note about the crackers: You can use saltines. Or you can use club-style crackers. Or you can use regular graham crackers. Or you can use cinnamon-sugar graham crackers. Any kind of cracker will do!
Add one stick of Land O Lakes® Butter to a saucepan…
Then add brown sugar…
And stir it together over medium to medium-high heat (depending on how crazy your stove is)…
Until it melts. After that, bring it to a gentle boil and cook it for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until it starts to thicken.
Then immediately pour it over the saltines! Look at all that buttery brown sugary goodness. Mmmmm.
Use an offset spatula to spread the mixture all over the saltines, getting it into the cracks and crevices.
As good as this looks…well, it’s about to get much better!
Now pop it into a preheated 350 degree oven and bake it for 5 minutes. It’ll bubble up and look completely bizarre…and that’s exactly what you want.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Then sprinkle chocolate chips all over the surface…
Pop the pan into the oven for one minute just to hasten the softening of the chocolate chips!
Use a spatula to spread the chocolate…
Into a thin, even layer.
How luscious is this?
(I’ll answer that for you: purty durn luscious.)
Finally, sprinkle on a good amount of chopped cashews.
And here’s where you can get creative: Use pecans. Use walnuts. Use crush peppermints. Use crushed pretzels. Use sprinkles. Use any candy you want. Use any crushed up cookies you want. Use sea salt. Or leave it plain!
All you need to do is pop the pan into the fridge to set the chocolate.
That way, you can break it into pieces without making a royal mess!
Keep breaking it into pieces until you’re done.
One word: YUM!!
Okay, another word: DELIGHTFUL!
Okay, fine. Another word. THE PERFECT HOLIDAY TREAT!
Just pop them into cute gift boxes or bags and share the sweet, buttery love with your friends and neighbors.
Here’s the full recipe! Hope you love it.
· 40-60 (approximately) saltine crackers*
· 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Salted Butter (1 stick)
· 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1 12-ounce bag good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
· 1 cup salted cashews, roughly chopped
· Other sprinkles (optional)
*The number of crackers is dependent on the size of the pan.
10x15 rimmed baking sheet = 40 crackers
Half sheet pan = 60 crackers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Arrange saltines in a single layer in a rimmed baking sheet so that the pan is completely covered with a solid layer of crackers. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the Land O Lakes® Butter with the brown sugar and vanilla. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat and allow to boil for 1 to 2 minutes until it starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and immediately pour over the crackers in an even layer. Use an offset spatula to spread the mixture all over the crackers. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for
3 to 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top, then return the pan to the oven for 1 minute. Remove the pan and gently spread the softened chocolate in a thin layer all over the crackers. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle the cashews all over the top.
Place the pan in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. When totally cool, break into pieces and package into gifts.
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, has partnered with Land O'Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O'Lakes.