This Saltine Toffee Recipe is enhanced with toasted chopped pecans and buttery toffee bits. To make it, saltine crackers are smothered with warm homemade toffee then baked just until the flavors marry. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips and they melt forming the glue for the toffee bits and pecans. After the saltine toffee cools, you then break or cut it into random pieces. It makes for a delectable homemade gift for teachers, neighbors, Sunday school teachers or loved ones anytime of year.
Easy Saltine Toffee Recipe with Pecans and Toffee Bits
Easy sweet treats like this saltine toffee are a family tradition. I love making it at the holidays or anytime of year that I want to make something special. I think everyone steps up their baking game near the holidays and I'm no different. It doesn't matter what we're celebrating be it birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day there's always a reason to bake. Saltine toffee is an old Southern recipe and it appeals to my love of the combination of sweet and salty. Just to elevate it a bit, I like adding toffee bits and toasted pecan pieces to the top. This recipe will work with or without the toppings and you could also use a different nut like walnuts or peanuts, if you prefer.
How to Make the Best Saltine Toffee Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make Saltine Toffee with Pecans and Bits: Saltine crackers, butter, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, chopped pecans and toffee bits. (i.e. Bits-o-brickle)
- Kitchen tools you'll need: A large jelly roll pan or similar size rimmed baking sheet, a heavy bottomed saucepan, measuring cups and spoons, heat resistant spoon or rubber spatula.
- I recommend using mini chocolate chips as they melt more quickly. You can use regular size chocolate chips, if preferred.
- I highly recommend taking a few minutes to toast the pecans for the depth of flavor it gives. How do you toast pecans? It' easy! Spread then in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes or just until fragrant. Cool and enjoy.
- I personally love breaking this homemade toffee bark into irregular pieces because I think it adds to it's homemade charm. If you're a stickler for perfection then using a sharp knife and cutting may work better for you.
- Package the pieces in a bag tied with a pretty bow, arrange in a festive tin or include it on your holiday goodie trays this year. It's a handheld indulgence that's timeless.
- Store Saltine Toffee in an airtight container chilled in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to one week.
How to Make Saltine Toffee Recipe with Pecans and Toffee Bits
First, line a rimmed baking sheet (like a jelly roll pan) with heavy duty aluminum foil and spray liberally with cooking spray. Leave an overhang around the border to allow it to be picked up and moved after the toffee sets. Arrange Saltine crackers side by side on the pan. Next, on the stovetop melt together butter and sugar, cooking for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and add vanilla. Be careful, it's hot! Pour over the crackers and bake. Once baked, sprinkle the top with chocolate and let it stand just long enough to melt, then spread. Evenly sprinkle with toasted pecans and toffee bits, then let harden. Break apart and enjoy!
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Saltine Toffee Recipe
- 1 sleeve saltines plus additional as needed
- 1 cup chopped pecans toasted
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups semisweet mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup Bits-o-Brickle English toffee bits or milk chocolate covered toffee bits
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with heavy-duty foil overlapping the edge. Spritz lightly with cooking spray.
- Spread the pecans on a separate baking sheet in a single layer. Toast in the oven for 6-8 minutes until fragrant. Set aside to cool.
- Arrange saltines in a single layer on foil side by side. Set aside.
- Meanwhile,in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt together butter and sugar. Bring to a boil; cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly or until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Mix well then pour evenly over crackers.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes or until bubbly. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften for a few minutes, then spread over top. Sprinkle with toasted pecans and toffee bits.
- Chill for 1 hour or until set. Break or cut into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature or chilled for up to 1 week.
This has become a X-mas must. Use Walnuts instead of pecans. I think just as good.
You're absolutely right, you can adapt using your favorite nuts. Thanks so much!
I could NOT get my mini chocolate chips to melt! I kept sticking the pan back in the oven but they would not full melt:(
Hmmm how odd. mini chips should melt quite easily from the hot sugar mixture alone. I'm not quite sure why that would have happened.
the chips aren't supposed to actually "melt"......they keep their shape, but they soften so that you can spread them.......
This saltine toffee is SO ADDICTING!
If I said thee were good, it would be an understatement, they were simply amazing!
Such a fun recipe for edible gifts. Sweet and salty flavors go so well with the toffee flavors.
Toni | Boulder Locavore
This was so good! Such an amazing treat!
Perfectly sweet and salty!
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
Delicious and love the idea to give it away as gifts!
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
Also, this is sooo easy to make!
I love how easy this is. And. SO GOOD!!!
Use half the amount of butter and sugar
Makes it thinner and we think so much better!
Maria B Demere
Can you freez them? If so for how long? What kind of crackers do you use also?
Maria B Demere
I use Saltines and I don't recommend freezing this. You can make up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container chilled.
Love this! Looks delicious! Can not wait to try one!