Snacks & Treats

Christmas Crackle Recipe

Dec 14, 2015

This amalgamation of crackers, caramel and chocolate is perfectly addictive with its sweet-saltiness and crunch.

Young kids can line up the crackers in rows, adults can handle the caramel, then kids can spread the melted chocolate and bash it up into pieces once the candy has cooled.

You Will Need:

  • 1 1/2 sleeves salted saltine crackers
  • 1 1/4 cups butter
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (approximately—I usually just scatter handfuls)


1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment, foil or a silicone mat to make clean-up easier (and to make it easier to get the crackle out).

Line with saltine crackers, placing them right together. I wind up with six rows of eight crackers.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium-high heat.

Let it bubble for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat and pour it evenly over the crackers. Spread it with a knife to fill any gaps.

3. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until it's deep golden. Keep an eye on it for the last few minutes to make sure it doesn't burn.

4. Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes and then scatter chocolate chips over top, while the caramel is still very warm.

Let sit for a few minutes, then spread chocolate chips evenly with a knife.

5. Cool completely on the countertop or in the fridge, then bash into pieces.

Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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