This Christmas Crack Pretzel Toffee is what Christmas dreams are made of. But this simple toffee recipe comes with a twist. Unlike traditional recipes for Christmas crack or homemade toffee, this one is made with pretzels instead of soda or Ritz crackers.
It's amazingly delicious and I love how the sweet and salty make the perfect flavor combination.
Best Christmas Crack Recipe
What a wonderful time of year. Am I right? Where the days get a little bit darker and our bellies tend to get a little fuller...and those homemade sweets and treats just keep happening over and over again.
I always laugh at calling this recipe "crack" but it does stand true. But when you taste something this amazing, there's a reason that you're immediately running back to the plate to grab another piece, over and over again.
In fact, I'd venture out and say that this is one of my favorite holiday recipes because it's loaded with flavor and actually really quite simple to make.
Anytime I know that I"m going to have guests stop by or are looking for a simple recipe to feed my family and friends, this Christmas crack toffee recipe never lets me down.
Christmas Crack Toffee
The main thing to keep in mind about Christmas Crack recipes is that they don't just have to be for the holidays. They can easily be for anytime of the year—because why limit yourself when good food is meant to be enjoyed?
My easy solution for this dilemma? I just change out the color of the sprinkles to make it look more festive for whenever I'm serving it. Halloween toffee? You bet. Just add in some orange and black sprinkles. Easter Bark? For sure.
Just order up some pink and blue pastels...and the list can go on and on. You see where I'm going with this right?
But since it's the holiday season, the time is now to make all things Christmas and festive and fun. I know that this Christmas crack saltines recipe or pretzels is one that will not only fill your bellies but will be pleasing to your taste buds, too.
And since it makes a pretty large serving size, there is going to be more left over that you can enjoy after everyone leaves to go home.
Ingredients needed to make Christmas Crack with Pretzels
Even though this recipe looks like it's complex, there are literally just six easy ingredients that you need.
- Pretzel sticks (or Ritz crackers, graham crackers, soda or saltine crackers will work too, if desired to make this sweet and salty Christmas treat)
- Butter, room temperature
- Brown sugar
- White chocolate chips
- Walnuts, pecans or your favorite chopped nuts
More than likely, you have a large majority of these ingredients already in your pantry at home.
How to make Christmas Crack
Learning how to make Christmas crack can be so much fun to make. Choose your decorations depending on the holiday and enjoy every bite!
Preheat oven and prepare a 9x13 baking sheet with aluminum foil. I have used parchment paper but prefer to use aluminum foil whenever possible.
Place rows of pretzels or crackers of any kind on baking sheet, covering it completely. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir continuously and bring to a boil until it reaches 275ºF.
Pour hot mixture over top of your pretzels or crackers.
Bake and turn off oven.
Remove from oven and sprinkle white chocolate chips all over the top.
Place pan back inside warm oven for 1 minute to melt white chocolate chips.
Using a spatula, smooth melted chocolate by spreading the chocolate chips out across the surface, in a single layer.
Sprinkle walnuts and sprinkles over top or decorate as you desire.
Cool and allow chocolate to harden inside your fridge if possible. Maybe 15 minutes.
Break into pieces and enjoy every single bite!
Variations for Homemade Toffee
The other really great part about this recipe is that you can switch out and make it your own as well. For example make saltine cracker toffee and use soda crackers instead of pretzels.
There are so many fun varieties that you can easily make this homemade toffee recipe taste different each and every time. Hopefully you love this recipe as much as we do!
Add Soda or Ritz Crackers
Instead of using the pretzels, switch them out for soda or Ritz crackers. This simple addition will add such a great taste that is rich in buttery flavor. You'll still get that crunch and flakiness from the crackers, too.
Change up the nuts
I like walnuts because they're a softer nut and tend to just have a mild, rich flavor but you can switch that out for slivered almonds or even macadamia nuts as well.
I've even seen some people use peanuts, which can be another great salty addition that is less expensive, too.
Use Milk Chocolate Chips
While my recipe calls for white chocolate chips, you can easily swap those out for milk chocolate chips or even peanut butter, caramel or butterscotch flavored ones, too.
Separately or in combination. You won't be disappointed in you choice or choices I assure you.
This is a super simple way to change up the taste and look.
Add in candies
As if this recipe isn't already sweet enough, you can easily add in candies in addition to, or in replace of, the sprinkles. One of my favorite candies to add is holiday M&M's. There are many others that you can add in, too!
See how many fun variations to this Christmas crack toffee recipe there can be? And these are just a few. Whatever you like, make it happen. Or branch out and create your very own version, too. (and then come back and share it with me so that I can make it!)
How do you Store Homemade Toffee?
Even though you might not think storage is important for toffee, it really is. The air can actually have a reverse effect on the toffee and make it softer over time. No one wants that! Homemade toffee is meant to be brittle and break easily.
To properly store this Christmas crack toffee recipe, just put it in a sealed baggie or container that will keep out the air. It's really as simple as that.
Can you Freeze Christmas Crack Toffee for Later?
You bet. The same methods for freezing this toffee apply as to freezing anything else. Use an approved bag or container for the freezer and store it. This is a great way to keep it fresh for a while longer and enjoy it later on down the road.
How do you Break Homemade Toffee into Pieces?
That's up to you! If you want the pieces to be more uniform and the same size and shape, you can use a sharp knife and carefully cut the pieces to reflect this.
But if you don't care, you can have fun and "break" them into random pieces by using a wooden spoon or another kitchen utensil. Just be aware that this might be a bit messy, but it's still really fun.
If you have kids that love to help in the kitchen, the breaking up of the pieces (without using the sharp knife) might be the perfect job for them.
How long does it take Toffee to Harden?
You're going to have to be patient with this. It will take a little bit of time but don't rush the process. Just know that your patience will pay off very shortly, once you're able to take your very first bite.
The cooling process is one of the most important parts of making this Christmas crack toffee so brew up a cup of coffee and let it happen.
Now that you know how to make this simple toffee recipe, it's time to get started on it yourself! You're going to love how simple and easy this recipe is and you might just be wondering why you've never made it before.
Don't worry, there are plenty of days left in this holiday season that you can easily make this Christmas crack toffee recipe over and over again!
More Toffee Recipes
- Easy Toffee Shortbread
- Nutty English Butter Toffee
- Best Sticky Toffee Pudding Ever
- Chocolate Chip Toffee Cake
Christmas Crack Pretzel Toffee
- rimmed baking sheet 9 x 13 size is ideal
- Meat Thermometer
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Line a 9x13 baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place rows of pretzels on baking sheet, covering it completely, and get out your ingredients. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir continuously and bring to a boil until it reaches 275ºF.
- Make sure all of your pretzels are lined up inside your baking sheet or crackers if using instead.
- Pour hot mixture over pretzels or crackers.
- Bake for 4 minutes. Turn off oven.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle white chocolate chips over top.
- Put pan back in warm oven for 1 minute to melt white chocolate chips.
- Using a spatula, smooth white chocolate chips out.
- Sprinkle nuts and sprinkles or sparkles over top.
- Cool and allow chocolate to harden. At least an hour in your fridge.
- Break into pieces.
- Enjoy every bite!