It’s a little unusual to call a candy recipe easy, but this one is! Toffee Saltines are a simple recipe with a base of saltine crackers that taste like someone spent hours on them. The salty, sweet combination of the crackers and the toffee with the decadent chocolate and crunchy nuts are close to being the perfect holiday candy bite.
I will admit I’m not a great baker, but this recipe is very close to foolproof. The directions are simple, and in my experience they’re correct. One of the keys is to watch the toffee mixture very closely on the stovetop. You really shouldn’t stir it. Just put the butter and sugar in a saucepan and let it come up to a boil. It’s difficult, I know, but it’s so important.
Once the toffee mixture comes to a boil, set a time for exactly three minutes. When those three minutes are up, pull the saucepan immediately off the stove. You should have your pan full of saltines all ready to go. Pour the toffee directly over the saltines. If it doesn’t spread out evenly on its own, I take a silicone spatula and help it spread to the edges, careful not to dislodge any crackers as I do it.
After the toffee is spread, put the pan directly in the oven, but whatever you do, don’t wander away! The recipe says to bake for five minutes, but that may be too long depending on several factors. Peek through your oven window every minute or so and if the toffee begins to darken significantly, take it out before it scorches.
Remove the pan from the oven, then immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top so that they can melt before the toffee cools. If your chocolate chips fail to melt to a spreadable consistency just from the residual heat of the toffee, you can pop the pan briefly back in the oven for a minute to help the chocolate melt. Then spread the chocolate out.
I like chopped almonds with this fabulous dessert. They’re meaty and a little crunchy. Feel free to substitute with your favorite nuts, though. I think most nuts would taste good in this recipe — nuts, toffee, and chocolate are always a classic combination. Pecans, walnuts, or peanuts are natural fits here, but if you want to try something more creative like macadamia nuts, cashews, or pistachios, those could work too!
Generally, I recommend buying nuts whole and chopping them yourself. Buying pre-chopped is fine, but I always feel like the flavor is a little better when I cut up whole nuts. That’s about personal preference, however, so choose whole or pre-chopped as you wish, or just use what you have on hand.