Christmas Crack. Imagine all of the deliciousness of toffee, topped with chocolate and pecans; once you make this toffee bark and crack it into pieces, you simply can’t stop munching!

This is one of my absolute favorite treats to make for the holidays!

It takes just minutes to prep and the results are so incredibly delicious that no one can resist eating several chunks.A stack of pecan toffee with a title


A quick stovetop toffee is poured over buttery Ritz crackers and coated in chocolate and topped with pecans.  Once cooled, it is cracked into chunks and ready to be enjoyed!

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I have made this recipe two ways, with Ritz Crackers and Saltines, both ways are fabulous. You could substitute the pecans for the nuts of your choice; I have a feeling cashews or pistachios would make a yummy addition to the toffee, chocolate, and cracker combination!

This Ritz Cracker Toffee  is made on a foil lined pan, making clean up as simple as can be! Be sure to butter your foil well to keep everything from sticking (or you can buy non-stick foil).

Pecan ritz cracker toffee with chocolate with a cracker beside it

Considering how easy this treat is to make and eat, you will want to make several batches of this Christmas Crack to share with your friends and neighbors.  It keeps perfectly at room temperature so is the perfect gift to pack up and spread delicious holiday cheer!

Recipe Notes:

I have been making this recipe for more years than I can count exactly as written below.  A few readers have had trouble with their toffee being sticky or not setting quite right.  While I’ve never had my toffee not set, there are many variables that can cause this.

If you have trouble with your toffee setting, my friend Meggan over at Culinary Hill suggests the use a candy thermometer to ensure your toffee reaches 270-290 degrees before pouring over the crackers.

Chocolate Chips should melt when heated however if you have trouble with them melting, you can melt them at 50% power in the microwave.  If your oven is too hot, the chocolate can seize instead of melting.  You’ll want your toffee to sit for about 1 minute before adding the chocolate.

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Pecan Christmas Crack (Ritz Cracker Toffee)

Pecan Christmas Crack. Imagine all of the deliciousness of toffee, topped with chocolate and pecans; once you make this toffee bark and crack it into pieces, you simply can’t stop munching!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 36 servings
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  • 54 Ritz Crackers (or saltines)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line an 11x17 pan with foil and grease the foil well. Line with crackers.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar and stir to mix. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let come to a rolling boil for 3 minutes. Once the mixture comes to a boil, DO NOT STIR. (Your toffee should reach 270-290°F with a candy thermometer)
  • Pour brown sugar mixture over the crackers. Bake 4 minutes. Turn the oven off.
  • Remove from the oven and wait 1 minute. Pour chocolate chips over the top and let sit 4 minutes or until chocolate is soft (or place 1 minute in the warm oven). Spread chocolate evenly and sprinkle pecans on top.
  • Cool on the counter slightly and then place into the freezer to cool completely. Break into pieces.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 169 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Candy, Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I love making Christmas Crack (also known by so many other names). The variations are endless. Making them with graham crackers is another way to change up the flavor.
    I use a parchment paper lined baking sheet when making these or anything that is sticky/messy. The cleanup is almost nonexistent.5 stars

    1. Sorry this recipe didn’t quite work out! These tips will help ensure the toffee comes out perfectly: making sure the mixture comes to a rolling boil for 3 minutes, not stirring the mixture once it does come to a boil, and using a candy thermometer to make sure it’s the correct temperature. I hope that helps!

  2. I have made this so many times!!!! My friends love it. They can’t believe it’s made with crackers. I’ve always used Club crackers because they just fit in the pan easier but I love ritz in this also. Maybe next time I’ll try saltines but for now, it’s one of my go to candies.5 stars

  3. I have made this recipe twice this season. Everyone waits for this. I used the same ingredients you suggested with the Ritz crackers. It works every time. So easy to make. Will continue every season.5 stars

  4. These look super yummy! Going to try to make them for gifts. (last year made the same thing but with saltines… so tasty!) Should the butter be unsalted or salted?

    1. Either will work Elise, but I tend to use unsalted. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

      1. I used unsalted butter but then added a sprinkle of kosher salt on the top. Recipe worked out great and they are absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! crunchy, buttery, salty goodness!5 stars

  5. If I omit the nuts on top, (allergy) what are some other toppings I can add? *What do you think it would taste like if I finely crushed some more Ritz for the top? Also, could I spray the foil instead of using butter?
    Thank you5 stars

    1. Using spray instead of butter should be just fine. You could try topping with more crushed Ritz, M&M’s, toasted coconut, or heath bits. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  6. Hi. I’ve made this before and it is so very good. But it’s been quite a while since I’ve made it, and I don’t remember whether the butter is supposed to be salted or unsalted. Please advise. Thanks so much.5 stars

  7. I just made this… it smells and looks amazing. I have it in the freezer… how long do I need to wait. I feel like it’s taking sooooo loooongggg!

    Everything came out great. I wanted to stir the toffee as it started to boil. I trusted the process, used the thermometer and it came out great. I never have luck melting chocolate without it seizing up. The method of sprinkling on melted toffee (after waiting a min) and then placing in the warm oven for a minute worked beautifully. The hardest part is literally waiting for it to harden. Can’t wait to try it!5 stars

  8. The instructions NOT TO STIR the sugar butter mixture after it boils was a disaster. It just burns, it takes longer to reach the 270 -290 degrees than just 3 minutes. Remade it and stirred it this time, it didn’t burn. Haven’t tried it yet but it smells better than the first batch that burnt.3 stars

  9. I followed the exact directions and used the 11 x 7 pan and my crackers were stacked 3-4 high! Did I miss something? Still tastes good though!

  10. Hi Holly,
    I have two questions. I don’t see where it says unsalted butter in the ingredients but I read that is what you used. Does it matter? Also. That pan size at 11 x 7 can’t be right as there is no way 54 ritz will fit in it with triple stacking them. I when ahead and followed what the directs say with pan size but shouldn’t have been much larger. It was delicious but no way would it “crack”. I had to saw and chisel it and it was a mess. A jelly roll pan maybe?

  11. I made this exactly as directed and it turned out great. Next time I make it, I am going to add some coarse sea salt to the top, and possibly toasted shredded coconut. It’s a great recipe, and it was easy to manage – even without a candy thermometer.

    I’m definitely putting this in the regular holiday baking rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!

  12. Yeah I definitely burnt the toffee.. but I’m not going to lie I’m probably going to eat them all anyway. I figure if they’re this good burnt they’re probably even better if I don’t burn them. This was pretty easy I’ll try again.5 stars

  13. These came out great; followed the recipe but used chopped almonds instead of pecans. Helpful hint: try to make these cookies on a day when it’s cold and dry outside. For some reason, toffee doesn’t seize properly when it’s raining.5 stars