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If I had to choose just one Christmas candy to make each year, it would have to be Christmas Crack. It is lightning fast, uses simple ingredients, and most of all, hits all the right notes, no matter who you are.
This salty caramel caramel delights chocolate lovers, caramel buffs and salty / crunchy fans alike. My recipe is also infinitely adaptable when it comes to toppings. You can make a dozen batches in a dozen different ways, all in one afternoon.
Best of all, this Christmas cookie / candy is so quick to make, perfect for last-minute hostess gifts, boat luck, or Santa's secret gift you forgot to order online.
Oh, and get ready to share the recipe – this is the best Christmas Crack recipe.
What is Christmas crack?
Part brittle, part biscuit, part English caramel, all fabulous; Christmas Crack is something really delicious.
Here's the secret: regular crackers are topped with a melted brown sugar and butter sauce and baked until caramelized and crisp in the oven. Caramel sauce turns cookies into a kind of otherworldly pastry, seriously!
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Then everything is covered in melted chocolate, topped with chopped nuts and cut into pieces.
How is Christmas Crack made?
If you've never made this recipe before, get ready for some magic!
To keep things simple, I use a 10-by-15-inch jelly pan and a candy thermometer that I bought just to make Christmas Crack.
It is not absolutely necessary, but it helps to get the caramel sauce at the correct stage.
To prepare, cover the pan with parchment, aluminum foil, or a silicone baking mat for easy removal. Then place the cookies in a single layer in the pan.
Then melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. This is brought to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes; Watch for the mixture to darken.
In case you have one, at this stage, a candy thermometer should read 270-290 degrees.
Carefully pour the butter and sugar mixture over the cookies and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake at 300 degrees for 5 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 300-310 degrees, the hard candy stage.
The melted chocolate comes later. Melt the chocolate chips in a glass container in the microwave, using 30 second increments and stirring between each cooking time. Then spread the chocolate over the caramel and hot cookie mixture.
If you are a purist, you can stop there.
But if you want to cheer him up, that melted chocolate will take what he has: crushed OREO, chopped nuts, whatever. Press the pieces into the chocolate with the flat side of a spatula.
The cookies will form a single sheet once they are cold. You can then cut into squares or break into irregular pieces by hand while it is still hot. I make pretty pictures with a sturdy chef's knife.
How long will Christmas Crack last?
Under normal conditions, Christmas Crack should be kept well in a can or airtight container for about a week. Or if you're in the Midwest, have you ever done something where you keep your Christmas treats on the patio or in the garage? Christmas Crack will be good in those freezing conditions for at least a few weeks.
Of course, you are a stronger person than me if you still have something left after a couple of days. It's called Christmas Crack for a reason!
Christmas Crack Variations:
Not only is it the easiest Christmas Crack recipe, it's also the most versatile. These are just a few of the ways you can make this addictive sweet even more desirable.
- Christmas Crack with Graham Crackers: Make a batch of Christmas crackers with Graham crackers, and you can turn all your loving friends into smores.
- Christmas crack with Ritz cookies: Ritz Buttery Cookies take Christmas to the next level. Or try my Ritz Cracker cookies, an even easier cookie to make, especially if you like peanut butter!
- White Chocolate Christmas Crack: Melt your favorite brand of white chocolate and top it with crushed candy canes… hello!
Christmas Crack Ingredients:
I love chopped walnuts or walnuts, but don't let that stop you from going crazy with your favorite candy or chopped cookie.
- M & Ms
- Peanut butter cups
- Sweets from the Andes
- Chopped peanuts
- Toasted coconut flakes
- FANCY French sea salt
Christmas Crack is everything you want for your Christmas sweets, in crack! You will not find an easier sweet to make, anywhere. It is salty, sweet and ADDICTIVE! Cuisine: American Cooking time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 12 servings Calories: 325kcal
- 35-40 crackers or graham crackers
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cup ingredients as desired, such as pecans, crushed OREO cookies, pretzels, caramel chips, M & Ms, or drizzles of other melted chocolate
- Preheat oven to 300 ° F. Cover a 15 "x 10" x 1 "pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Line the cookies in a single layer in rows on aluminum foil.
- Meanwhile, using a caramel thermometer, melt butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 to 3 minutes (270 to 290 degrees if using a caramel thermometer). Immediately pour over the cookies and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Bake for 5 minutes or until the candy hardens (300 to 310 degrees if you use a candy thermometer). Remove from the oven.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments at 50% power until melted. Spread over the hardened caramel.
- Sprinkle with nuts or other ingredients and press the chocolate with a greased spatula. Cut into squares while hot. Chill completely for at least 15 minutes and store in the refrigerator.
Thanks to the comments of the readers, I have been able to improve this recipe by suggesting the use of a candy thermometer (thanks Valerie!). I haven't used one before, but there are enough variables here that things can go wrong.
Calories :: 325kcal