When I was coming up with this list for the 12 days of Christmas cookies, I didn’t want to include recipes that could simply be found on Pinterest. However, this one just couldn’t go without sharing. It is one of my absolute favorites and highly requested. This specific recipe is a little bit different compared to most of the ones you’ll find online! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty and is a great recipe for those nights when you suddenly realize you forgot about the cookie exchange happening tomorrow. Run to the store and grab a box of Keebler Club Crackers, combine them with some brown sugar, butter, and chocolate chips, and you have yourself a really delicious treat! I’ve had a lot of people try this and think it’s toffee (another favorite of mine). Who would’ve thought Club Crackers could fool so many people!
I learned about “Christmas Crack” from my high school boyfriend’s Mom. Not only does her decor style speak my love language (she loves white and had a farmhouse style home long before Chip and Joanna became huge stars) but her Christmas Crack was THE BEST. She would make it every year and give it as gifts to people in precious glass jars wrapped with a big bow. I’ve tried so many recipes to try to replicate hers and I think this one might be pretty darn close. I really hope you all enjoy this one!
Spread the crackers evenly over a cookie sheet.
Cover the crackers with the sugar butter mixture (made in step 4-6 below).
Put it in the oven for 5 minutes at 375 F degrees.
Remove the sheet from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crackers.
Put the crackers back in the oven for 1 minute to melt the chocolate a little.
Spread the chocolate over the crackers evenly using a spatula. Top with nuts or candies!
Let the sheet cool off to room temperature before putting it in the fridge overnight. “Crack” the crackers into smaller pieces using your hands or a knife.
Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil. Make sure the entire pan is covered to the sides.
Remove the crackers from the box and line the bottom of the cookie sheet with a single layer of crackers. Some of the crackers might have to be broken in half near the sides to cover the entire baking baking sheet.
Place brown sugar, butter, and salt in a medium sized pot.
Stirring frequently, cook the butter and sugar over medium heat until the butter is completely melted.
Continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes while frequently stirring so that it doesn't burn. Once the mixture comes to a boil and starts to darken, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Carefully pour the hot mixture over the crackers on the baking sheet.
Spread the butter mixture over the crackers with a spatula until all of the crackers are covered.
Place the baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes. The "caramel" will look bubbly at the end of the 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle all of the chocolate chips over the top of the crackers.
Put the pan back in the oven for 1 minute
Spread the melted chocolate chips evenly over the crackers using a spatula.
Top with sliced almonds, M&Ms, peppermint pieces, chopped hazelnuts, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, etc.
Let the crackers cool and then move to the refrigerator to cool overnight.
"Crack" the crackers using your hands or a knife.