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November 22, 2023

Christmas Crack with Pretzels, Chocolate, and Toffee

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Plate stacked with Christmas Crack made with pretzels and chocolate.

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Welcome to a festive delight that's an irresistible treat during the holiday season! Discover the magic of Christmas Crack: a delightful combination of sweet toffee, pretzels or saltines, and a chocolatey finish. It's the perfect snack to spread joy at any Christmas gathering!

Christmas Crack Recipe with Pretzels and Toffee

  • Prep time: 15 mins

  • Cook time: 5 mins

  • Total time: 20 mins

  • Servings: 15-18

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mini pretzels (or substitute saltine crackers)

  • Nonstick cooking oil spray

  • 1 cup unsalted butter 

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (or semisweet chocolate, chopped)

  • 1 tsp veg oil or coconut oil

  • 1/3 cup holiday sprinkles

  • 1 Tbsp flaky sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a sheet pan with parchment or foil and spray with cooking oil spray. Place pretzels or saltines in a single flat layer. 

  2. In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar and melt over medium-low heat. 

  3. Once the sugar and butter are completely melted, turn the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring only occasionally (about once per minute).

  4. Pour the butter-sugar mixture over the pretzels (or crackers) and spread with a spatula to coat in an even layer. It’s ok if it doesn’t reach all the way to the sides, it will thin out a little in the oven. Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes, or until bubbling.

  5. While the pan is in the oven, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. Stir in oil. 

  6. Spread a layer of melted chocolate over the top of the hot toffee layer. 

  7. Add sprinkles and sea salt if using. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes) then transfer to the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.  

  8. Cut into individual-sized pieces and store them in the refrigerator. Serve chilled or at room temperature. 

Variations

Mini pretzels can be replaced with saltines if you prefer.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a sheet pan with parchment or foil and spray with cooking oil spray. Place pretzels or saltines in a single flat layer. 

Adding pretzels to a baking sheet ready to make a Christmas Crack recipe.
Adding pretzels to a baking sheet ready to make a Christmas Crack recipe.
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Step 2

In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar and melt over medium-low heat. 

Melting butter and sugar to make toffee as part of a recipe for Christmas Crack.
Melting butter and sugar to make toffee as part of a recipe for Christmas Crack.
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Step 3

Once the sugar and butter are completely melted, turn the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring only occasionally (about once per minute).

Boiling the Christmas Crack butter and sugar until they caramelize.
Boiling the Christmas Crack butter and sugar until they caramelize.
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Step 4

Pour the butter-sugar mixture over the pretzels (or crackers) and spread with a spatula to coat in an even layer. It’s ok if it doesn’t reach all the way to the sides, it will thin out a little in the oven. Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes, or until bubbling.

Spreading melted toffee over a layer of pretzels on a baking sheet, ready to make Christmas Crack.
Spreading melted toffee over a layer of pretzels on a baking sheet, ready to make Christmas Crack.
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Step 5

While the pan is in the oven, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. Stir in oil. 

Melting chocolate in a recipe for Christmas Crack.
Melting chocolate in a recipe for Christmas Crack.
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Step 6

Spread a layer of melted chocolate over the top of the hot toffee layer. 

Adding melted chocolate to the layers of pretzels and toffee in Christmas Crack.
Adding melted chocolate to the layers of pretzels and toffee in Christmas Crack.
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Step 7

Add sprinkles and sea salt if using. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes) then transfer to the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.  

A tray of Christmas Crack with Pretzels, covered in sprinkles and left to cool.
A tray of Christmas Crack with Pretzels, covered in sprinkles and left to cool.
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Step 8

Cut into individual-sized pieces and store them in the refrigerator. Serve chilled or at room temperature. 

A tray of Christmas Crack with Pretzels, cut into individual pieces
A tray of Christmas Crack with Pretzels, cut into individual pieces
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