Christmas Crack: Saltine Chocolate Crunch Bars

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Have you ever tried Christmas Crack cookies? Well here is the recipe to make sweet and salty chocolate crunch bars using Saltine crackers, butter, and chocolate! So yummy! For more recipes like this pone see my Desserts page.  

Christmas Crack: Saltine Chocolate Crunch Bars

Every year I make these yummy bark like bars during the holidays. They are sweet and salty at the same time because the base is a saltine cracker covered in semi-sweet chocolate! There is also brown sugar involved, so it has that popular salted caramel vibe we all seem to be craving.

I got this recipe from the old Kraft magazines that were available ten years ago or so. There were some really great recipes in those magazines. A lot of super easy weeknight dinners and great desserts.

I yanked the pages out of mine and now I have a pile of papers I go through to find what I need. Silly me, I should have just saved the books!

Now on to the dessert! Christmas Crack AKA Sweet and Salty Chocolate Crunch Bars are a super easy recipe that would be suitable for kids to make. Just help them with the oven part!

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Crunch Bars

Saltine Cracker cookies

Evenly line a baking pan with saltine crackers.

Cover Crackers with butter and brown sugar

Pour butter and brown sugar mixture over crackers and bake.

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Crunch Bars

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Crunch Bars

Yield: 16 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

Saltine Crackers smothered in butter and brown sugar and topped with chocolate and Walnuts. Break apart brittle bars.


  • 1 sleeve of Saltine Crackers
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Bakers bars or 1 bag of semi-sweet mini chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line crackers in a single layer on a foil lined baking pan.
  3. Heat butter and sugar in a small saucepan on medium high heat until melted and mixture is well blended.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil 3 minutes without stirring.
  5. Pour over crackers.
  6. Bake 7 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and push crackers back together so they are touching. Immediately pour the chopped chocolate evenly over the crackers.
  8. Let it stand 5 minutes so chocolate will melt.
  9. With a spatula spread the chocolate out evenly over crackers.
  10. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  11. Cool in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove and break up crackers into bark like pieces.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16
Amount Per Serving Calories 210

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  1. 12.4.18
    Kathy said:

    How does one store these crackers?

    • 12.4.18
      Kim said:

      Hi Kathy,
      A Tupperware type bin would work fine.

  2. 12.17.17
    Megan said:

    Interesting how they use saltines as the base! I love the combination of sweet and salty, definitely my preference over just plain sweet treats. I’ll need to make these!

    • 12.18.17
      Kim said:

      They are good Megan, you don’t really taste the Saltines. They are a hit around here every year!

  3. 11.8.15

    Oh yes! I love sweet and salty combos and this one looks gloriously easy to pull together.

    • 11.10.15
      Kim said:

      yes they are super my go to cookie for the holidays!

  4. 11.8.15
    Amberjane said:

    These look very tasty – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  5. 11.4.15
    Carlee said:

    Yummy! I’ll have to make a batch of these to bring to work. They’ll love them and a few brownie points never hurt anyone!