Ritz Cracker Toffee

 

close up shot of toffee stacked on top of each other
Ritz cracker toffee is sweet and salty with a satisfying crunch. This delectable candy recipe is so easy to make it doesn’t even need a candy thermometer. 
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Table of Contents
  1. Ritz Cracker Toffee Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Ritz Cracker Toffee Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Ritz Cracker Toffee is crunchy, salty, and sweet, perfect for a snack for yourself, but also popular as an edible gift. Buttery Ritz Crackers are covered with an easy homemade caramel toffee, slathered with melted chocolate chips, and then topped with a sprinkling of sea salt. Perhaps the easiest candy recipe to make, you don’t even need a candy thermometer. 

If you love sweet and salty treats try making chocolate peanut butter toffee, homemade peanut butter cups, or chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cookies

close up shot of toffee piled on a plate

Ritz Cracker Toffee Ingredients

Ritz Cracker Toffee raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 1 box Ritz crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • pinch sea salt optional

Substitutions and Additions

GARNISH: You can also choose to use other optional garnishes of your liking for this great recipe! You can use M&Ms, sea salt, toffee bits, or another favorite topping. I’ve used cream eggs and candy corn for other seasons. 

HOLIDAY EFFECT: If you want to up the holiday effect, try adding Christmas sprinkles or bits of candy canes for a mint chocolate treat. The sky’s the limit with this crack toffee! 

CRACKERS: This simple toffee recipe also works well with saltine crackers.

How to Make This Ritz Cracker Toffee Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 425°F. Start out by lining your 8×8 baking tray with parchment because this is going to get sticky!

STEP TWO: Place your Ritz crackers in an even layer along the bottom of the pan. When I had a bit of a gap, I just broke a cracker in half and fit it in.

PRO TIP: Try to create even layers of crackers that are touching. This ensures that the toffee doesn’t run through the cracks, making it hard to remove from the pan.

ritz crackers placed at the bottom of a pan

STEP THREE: Next, place your butter and brown sugar in a pot and heat until completely melted. Boil for 2 to 4 minutes and resist the urge to stir it – that can actually ruin your caramel.

PRO TIP: Resist the urge to stir the caramel mixture – that can actually ruin your caramel.

butter and brown sugar heated in a pot

STEP FOUR: Immediately pour your homemade caramel over top of the Ritz crackers. Use an offset spatula (the kind you use for icing cakes) to spread that gooey caramel evenly across the crackers.

caramel poured on top of the crackers

STEP FIVE: Pop the tray of crackers into the oven for 5 minutes to help thicken and set the caramel.

PRO TIP: Keep a close eye on this in the oven and don’t overbake. You don’t want the edges of the crackers to burn or this treat will taste burnt.

a tray of crackers with caramel sauce on top

STEP SIX: Carefully remove the crackers after 5 minutes and place on a heat-proof surface for the next step.

STEP SEVEN: Next, sprinkle your chocolate chips in an even layer on top of your caramelized-crackers. Pop the tray back in the oven to help the chocolate chips melt a bit.

chocolate chips sprinkled on top of the caramel sauce

STEP EIGHT: After 2 to 3 minutes, remove the tray and immediately spread the chocolate chips with the offset spatula. The chocolate chips may not melt completely but you don’t want to risk burning the chocolate and ruining the whole pan.

melted chocolate chips spread on top of the caramel sauce layer with a spatula

STEP NINE: Once the pan has cooled off, put it in the fridge to finish setting for about 2 hours. It will get hard enough that you can “crack” it or slice through it with a sharp knife.

How to Serve

With just 5 minutes of prep time, Ritz Cracker Toffee is a favorite recipe to make around the holidays and gift to friends and neighbors. Frequently called Christmas Crack or Christmas Toffee, this delectable homemade candy recipe is so easy to make, there’s no reason not to make it all throughout the year. Enjoy it as an afternoon snack or make a batch as part of a candy tray for a party. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers of this delicious treat in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.  

close up shot of toffee stacked on top of each other

Ritz cracker toffee breaks apart with a satisfying crack once it’s cooled, and then this sweet, crispy treat can be broken into bite-sized pieces and enjoyed. If you’re making toffee for a special occasion you can be extra indulgent by garnishing the top with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or M&Ms. Once you start munching this sweet and salty treat you won’t want to stop. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of cracker for this recipe? 

This easy cracker toffee recipe could be made with any buttery cracker that you are able to get at the grocery store.

How do I store this treat? 

You can keep this cracker toffee in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

Why did this treat turn out chewy? 

Your final product may have turned out chewy either because you didn’t boil the butter and caramel long enough or because you didn’t cool the treat long enough before breaking into pieces.

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close up shot of toffee stacked on top of each other

Ritz Cracker Toffee

Ritz cracker toffee is sweet and salty with a satisfying crunch. This delectable candy recipe is so easy to make it doesn’t even need a candy thermometer. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Cool Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Ritz crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch sea salt, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Start out by lining your 8×8 baking tray with parchment because this is going to get sticky!
  • Place your Ritz crackers in an even layer along the bottom of the pan. When I had a bit of a gap, I just broke a cracker in half and fit it in.
  • Next, place your butter and brown sugar in a pot and heat until completely melted. Boil for 2 to 4 minutes and resist the urge to stir it – that can actually ruin your caramel.
  • Immediately pour your homemade caramel over top of the Ritz crackers. Use an offset spatula (the kind you use for icing cakes) to spread that gooey caramel evenly across the crackers.
  • Pop the tray of crackers into the oven for 5 minutes to help thicken and set the caramel.
  • Carefully remove the crackers after 5 minutes and place on a heat-proof surface for the next step.
  • Next, sprinkle your chocolate chips in an even layer on top of your caramelized-crackers. Pop the tray back in the oven to help the chocolate chips melt a bit.
  • After 2 to 3 minutes, remove the tray and immediately spread the chocolate chips with the offset spatula. The chocolate chips may not melt completely but you don’t want to risk burning the chocolate and ruining the whole pan.
  • Once the pan has cooled off, put it in the fridge to finish setting for about 2 hours. It will get hard enough that you can “crack” it or slice through it with a sharp knife.

Notes

  • Resist the urge to stir the caramel mixture – that can actually ruin your caramel.
  • Keep a close eye on this in the oven and don’t overbake. You don’t want the edges of the crackers to burn or this treat will taste burnt.
  • Try to create even layers of crackers that are touching. This ensures that the toffee doesn’t run through the cracks, making it hard to remove from the pan.

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