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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


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


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Start out by lining your 8x8 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.


  • 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.