Every year people go CRAZY for this Christmas Crack recipe! It only requires 5 simple ingredients, and less than 30 minutes to make. It’s perfect for a quick and easy “homemade candy bar” type of treat that’s sure to be a crowd favorite.
This Christmas Crack recipe has been so popular, and is truly addicting! It’s in my top three favorites alongside Buckeyes and Homemade Caramels! Don’t miss all my other favorite holiday and Christmas candy recipes!
If I’m ever trying to think of a really simple dessert or treat that would be great for a crowd, easy to make for a party, or perfect for a Christmas treat for neighbors, these Graham cracker toffee bars come to mind.
I love how these bars have that wonderful toffee taste, but they’re not as brittle and hard as regular toffee. In lots of ways, they remind me of a homemade candy bar. They are fantastic, and would make great holiday gifts for neighbors.
Ingredients for Christmas Crack:
- Graham crackers
- Hershey’s chocolate
- Brown sugar
How to make Christmas Crack:
1. Prepare your pan. Line bottom of a 8×13” baking pan with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray. (You could also make these in a smaller 8” pan, by cutting the recipe ingredients in half.)
2. Layer graham crackers. Spread the graham crackers along the bottom of the pan to act as the base for our bars.
3. Cook pecan topping. Melt the butter to a saucepan, add the brown sugar and pecans and stir the mixture until everything is combined. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil for 5 minutes.
4. Pour over graham crackers. Pour the mixture over the graham crackers and smooth into one layer.
5. Bake for 7 minutes.
6. Top with chocolate. Break the Hershey’s candy bars into pieces and carefully place them all over the top of the toffee layer. Cover the pan until the chocolate begins to melt (5-10 minutes). Smooth the chocolate into an even layer over the bars.
7. Cool. Allow them to cool completely before cutting and serving. Refrigerate if you want, but after removing them from the fridge, wait for at least 15 minutes before cutting them so the chocolate can soften.
More Christmas Crack Variations:
Feel free to modify this recipe. Here are a few suggestions:
- Use White chocolate. You could substitute white chocolate or drizzle it on top of the milk chocolate.
- Use different Crackers. Substitute Club crackers or ritz crackers
- Top with candy. M&M, peppermint candies, or sprinkles.
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Graham Cracker Toffee Bars
- 1 package honey graham crackers
- 14 ounces Hershey's chocolate bars (I use two large 7 oz bars)
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a 9x13'' pan with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray.)
- Place graham cracker sheets along the bottom of the pan.
- Add butter to a large saucepan over medium heat and allow it to melt. Add the brown sugar and pecans, and stir constantly, bringing the mixture to a full boil.
- Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and pour mixture over graham crackers and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 7 minutes.
- While the bars are baking, unwrap the Hershey's chocolate bars and break them into pieces.
- Remove bars from oven and carefully place chocolate pieces across the top of the toffee layer. Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil to allow the chocolate to melt (5-10 minutes).
- Once chocolate has begun to melt, remove the lid and use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the bars.
- Allow to cool completely before serving. I like to store mine in the fridge to set up (not required) but I leave them out at room temperature for 15 minutes before cutting them, to allow the chocolate to soften.
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*I first shared this recipe November 2015. Updated November 2019 with additional instructions.
I gave this 5 stars because it is so easy and so yummy. But…my chocolate gets faint white areas or spots after a few days, doesn’t look very nice when serving to people. This has happened every time. Why do you think this happens?
Was the toffee was supposed to be crunchy ? kind of like a peanut brittle? Wish it was. My toffee avec 5 minutes of boiling became thinker and was just soft enough to spread. I would have thought the toffee would have been crunchy but it was soft like fudge. And chocolate over it…woahh too much loll. Just let me know if the toffee is supposed to be crunchy. Thank you
Three stars because I followed the recipe exactly and the chocolate did NOT melt. It softened enough that I could not pick it off. I was then left with a mess trying to find ways to get the chocolate to melt. The recipe was mostly ruined but we did eat it anyway so we didn’t waste all the expensive ingredients. I absolutely recommend finding some way to melt the chocolate first and then pour over the hot graham crackers.
That’s strange! If you pull the candy out of the oven and top it with the chocolate immediately and cover with foil, it has always melted for me and very quickly.
Yes of course it melts when you first take out of oven and then cover with foil…unless you wait forever to put chocolate in it …
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