26 Responses to “Easy Christmas “Cookie”–Cracker Candy (w/gluten free option!)”

  1. Jane December 9, 2009 at 10:14 AM #

    That looks absolutely delicious. Send some to me. You have my address

  2. Gypsy December 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM #

    I make this all the time! Love it. So scrummy. Try 1 cup of brown sugar instead of regular sugar. It’s chewier and caramel-y and really good. And after you’ve spread out the chocolate, top it with crumbled Heath bars. I set my tray in the freezer for a couple of hours, then crack it into pieces and put in a plastic zipper bag, then back in the freezer it goes between servings.

  3. Teresa Harrison December 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM #

    I’ve had these before; they are yummy. So good in fact it’s shocking to find out that one of the main ing. is a cracker.

  4. Tiffany France December 9, 2009 at 10:20 AM #

    Yum. Going to make these for an office party.

  5. Tara Marie December 10, 2009 at 7:50 AM #

    These sound wonderful, love Gypsy’s adaption of the recipe too.

    I always make candy for Christmas gifts, this is going to be my “new” candy this year.

  6. Trish December 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM #

    I love that you used the Club crackers, I will try that next time. I have always used brown sugar, but I think I will use regular sugar from now on, because Jen’s have always been better than mine =)

  7. C2 December 10, 2009 at 10:27 PM #

    I am SO trying this recipe! :o)

  8. Katie December 11, 2009 at 9:49 PM #

    Did this tonight for a thing tomorrow night. Stupendously easy, and fabulously yummy. Way below freezing temps, and a balcony that still has snow on it helps the cooling process 😉

  9. Jana J. Hanson December 12, 2009 at 3:44 PM #

    What an easy-peasy recipe, one that even I didn’t flub up!!

    I think I’m going to experiment with brown sugar and graham cracker rather than club cracker next time I make these.


  10. Angela December 12, 2009 at 4:31 PM #

    If you do graham crackers, you’re going to be missing the salt aspect of this, which is key (everyone at the party I took them to last night commented how much they liked the salt with the sweet) so you’ll need to make sure you put salted nuts on top or sprinkle with sea salt. I actually think graham crackers wouldn’t have the same appeal, but please report back!

    • Karen Stivali December 13, 2011 at 5:26 PM #

      I make these with brown sugar and graham crackers all the time. To add the salt component I put crushed pretzels on top. Delicious and not a problem if bringing to a party where some people need to be nut-free.

  11. ErinW December 13, 2009 at 4:13 PM #

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe, Angie! Jen’s cracker candy was my absolute favorite from the Xmas party… I inhaled the baggie full and then immediately wished I had more! I’ll be making this soon!!

  12. Patrice December 13, 2009 at 9:17 PM #

    I was introduced to these by a coworker and she used graham crackers and did not put nuts on them. We nicknamed them crack because it is so addictive! Next pot luck she also made them with both saltines and graham crackers for comparison. Everyone prefered the grahams. I don’t know if it’s because we all were more used to that taste or if the saltines were a different texture. Both versions were good. Ive since been introduced to sea salted Dove chocolate caramels, by the same friend! (she’s a chocolate pusher, errr Dove chocolate party representative now) So I think next time I will sprinkle the graham cracker version with some sea salt! ooo I wonder how it would taste using a shortbread style cookie as a base? Hmmm… 🙂

  13. Nicole December 13, 2009 at 10:20 PM #

    I’m so trying this sometime before Christmas!

  14. Bev(QB) December 14, 2009 at 9:03 AM #

    AAAHHHHH! Saltines, Club Crackers, Graham Crackers, shortbread cookies; 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar; dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate; almonds, cashews, Heath bars, Dove chocolate caramels, sea salt!

    Here I was all ready to thank you for the easy-peasy recipe and instead I’ll be spending the days from now till Christmas experimenting like some mad scientist trying to figure out which combination tastes best. ;-D

  15. Alessia Brio December 14, 2009 at 9:21 AM #


    I’d *love* to include this recipe in Coming Together: In the Kitchen!

  16. Angela December 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM #

    Apparently this was the recipe of the weekend to try, because I’ve had something like ten people tell me they made it.

    Bev, lol, sometimes it’s fun to do complicated things, but I think the beauty of this recipe is that even with only four or five ingredients and really simple steps, it’s still delicious. So any pressure anyone puts on themselves to fancy it up, well, it’s your own darn fault because it really doesn’t need it!

    Alessia, you’re welcome to it!

  17. Tricia Fields December 23, 2009 at 6:15 PM #

    Crap. Y’all’ve (don’t you love that contraction?) been talking about these for days & I’ve resisted. Now I’m going to have to go make some. I know I’ll thank you later, but right now I’m not feeling thankful for making me add one more thing to my ToDo list!! *scowl*

  18. Shannon Stacey February 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM #

    I’m making cracker candy again today, but with white chocolate and red/pink heart sprinkles for the short kid’s Valentines party. I’m using Saltines instead of club crackers this time (because I thought they were too rich) and I’ve learned two things:

    1. Pouring the butter/sugar mix evenly is so much more vital with Saltines. The Saltines’ holes and texture suck up the mixture like blue water in an Always with Wings commercial and I was actually lifting crackers and scraping the stuff off the back to have enough.

    2. My cookie sheet is not 40 Saltines in area. Cutting them or breaking them was a horror show. But a finely serrated bread knife actually saws them very cleanly.

    I also learned that the white chips aren’t as melty-awesome as chocolate, but it’s still spreadable. Just a little more work.

    • AlannaB December 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM #

      Oh! Bark.

      My mom has always made this, but we call it bark. Other people don’t call it bark? LOL!

  19. Alya December 14, 2011 at 12:45 AM #

    Sounds divine, Kinda reminds me of a similar biscuit-based nyuminess
    The simplest recipe I could find is this
    http://cornercafe.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/hedgehog-slice-eggless-version/ and it’s nyummy too even if you want to forgo the topping ^^

  20. jmc December 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM #

    I’ve made this and given little gift boxes of it as gifts at the office for the last couple of years. People love it — ask me when I’ll start making it again (I only make it for the holidays). Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  21. Keira Soleore December 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM #

    Angela, I’ve made it three time this holiday season. And it’s been very popular. So thank you. One comment I had was: The first two times I used semi-sweet morsels, the third time milk chocolate morsels. The latter was a mistake. At room temperature after being in the fridge for 24 hours, it softens up and so it crumbles easily and it’s difficult to make big pieces. With the semi-sweet, it stayed together. I have the feeling that with dark, it’ll stay together even better.


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