You are going to love this graham cracker Christmas crack recipe. This holiday treat is made with graham crackers and buttery caramel and then topped with dark chocolate to give it the most amazing flavour. It's also easy to make and I've included gluten free, dairy free and vegan options too.
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The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of year. There is so much delicious food to enjoy and Christmas treats are some of the absolute best. This holiday dessert is no exception. This graham cracker Christmas crack recipe is a fun twist on the classic version that is traditionally made with Saltine crackers or Ritz crackers. It's perfect to serve during the holiday season for events like holiday parties or to bring to cookie exchanges.
Why you will love this recipe:
- The flavour! These toffee crack bars taste like a Skor chocolate bar.
- This graham cracker toffee bark is easy and simple to make and only requires a few minutes of hands on time.
- You only need 4 simple ingredients that can easily be found in any grocery store to make this graham cracker crack.
- It's made with pantry staple ingredients like graham crackers, butter, and dark chocolate. It's also made without condensed milk.
- This diy xmas crack recipe is a great treat to serve at Christmas, for the holidays, for movie nights or anytime.
- You can easily make this graham cracker dessert recipe dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, vegan or paleo.
- You can top this fun treat with whatever you like including chopped pecans, almonds, walnuts, course sea salt, pretzels, white chocolate, or just leave it plain.
- It stores really well and makes great leftovers.
- You don't need a candy thermometer to make this Christmas candy. It's the perfect treat to make when you don't have the time or energy to bake.
If you love Christmas crack recipes you will also love pretzel Christmas crack.
Taste and texture:
This Christmas crack with graham crackers has the most incredible flavour. The combination of sweet crackers, buttery caramel and dark chocolate combine perfectly and the flavour reminds me of a Skor chocolate bar. The top and bottom layers are nice and firm and crunchy, while the middle caramel layer is soft and sticky.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Graham crackers - these are used to form the perfect base for this easy Christmas dessert. You can use any type of graham cracker or graham wafer that you like for this graham cracker toffee crack. If you are gluten free be sure to use gluten free graham crackers. I actually used Simple Mills Honey Cinnamon cookies to make mine to keep this recipe grain free and refined sugar free. You could also use honey grahams, digestive cookies or digestive biscuits instead.
- Butter - butter is used to make the most incredible caramel layer. I recommend using salted butter rather than unsalted butter for the caramel mixture if you can. If you are vegan you can use a vegan butter instead.
- Coconut sugar - combined with the butter this makes the most amazing homemade caramel sauce. If you don't have coconut sugar you could use brown sugar instead.
- Dark chocolate - dark chocolate is the final layer in this dessert bar recipe. The contrast of the dark chocolate with the sweet caramel and graham cracker layers is perfect. You can use either dark chocolate bars or dark chocolate chips to make this easy holiday treat.
How to make:
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then line a large baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and line the baking sheet with the graham crackers until you have an even, single layer.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and sugar over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, bring the sugar mixture to a rolling boil and heat for approximately 4 minutes, until the caramel is bubbling and thickens in texture.
Remove the pot from heat and pour the caramel over the graham crackers. Spread the mixture with a knife or spoon – it doesn’t have to be perfect because it will spread as it bakes.
Then place the pan in the oven and bake for 7 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the chocolate on top of the bubbling caramel. Then place the baking sheet back in the oven for about 1 minute, to allow the chocolate to melt.
Using a knife or spoon, spread the melted chocolate out into an even layer over the caramel. Then sprinkle the top of the melted chocolate with a little sea salt if you want to add it, otherwise just leave the chocolate plain. Next, place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 25-30 minutes, until the chocolate and toffee mixture have hardened.
Remove the pan from the freezer and let it rest for a few minutes. Then break, or cut the crack into pieces and enjoy:
- You can either break this crack into small pieces, or use a hot knife to cut it into squares.
- You can add any toppings that you like including crushed nuts, crushed candy cane, sea salt, white chocolate, pretzels or you could just leave it as is.
- Feel free to add a little salt or vanilla extract to the caramel mixture to give it a different flavour.
- To make this dairy free: use a vegan butter and dairy free chocolate.
- To make this into a gluten-free Christmas crack recipe: use gluten free graham crackers or grain free graham crackers.
- To make it vegan: use a vegan butter and dairy free chocolate.
- To make it refined sugar free: use graham crackers sweetened with coconut sugar and chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar.
How to store:
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 14 days.
This dessert also freezes really well for up to 3 months.
Frequently asked questions:
If left out of the fridge for too long the caramel layer will start to melt so as long as you can keep it cold this would make a great gift.
Healthy is a relative term, but I would personally not consider this to be a classically healthy recipe, as it is high in sugar. However, a healthy diet is all about balance and allowing yourself the occasional indulgent dessert can definitely be part of healthy, balanced, lifestyle.
Christmas crack got its name because the dessert bars crack in your mouth when you bite into them.
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- Christmas Crack
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- Nut Butter and Chocolate Crunch Bars
- Turtle Cookies Bars
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
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Graham Cracker Christmas Crack
- 8.5 ounces graham crackers (240 grams)
- 2 cups salted butter
- 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
- 15 ounces dark chocolate
- course sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and line the baking sheet with the graham crackers until you have an even layer.
- In a medium pot, combine the butter and sugar over medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a rolling boil and cook for ~4 minutes, until it's bubbling and thicker in texture.
- Remove the pot from heat and pour the caramel over the graham crackers. Spread mixture with a knife–it doesn’t have to be perfect because it will spread as it bakes.
- Bake for 7 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the chocolate on top of the bubbling caramel.
- Place the baking sheet back in the oven for about 1 minute, to allow the chocolate to melt.
- Using a knife or spoon, spread the melted chocolate out evenly over the caramel. Then top with the optional course sea salt.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 25-30 minutes, until the chocolate and caramel have hardened.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and let it rest for a few minutes. Then break it into pieces and enjoy!
- You can use any type of dark chocolate that you like including broken chocolate bars or dark chocolate chips.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 14 days.