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This easy saltine cracker toffee might just become your new favorite chocolatey treat! With the addition of peanuts, it’s a fun dessert that’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty!
Ever since someone gave me saltine cracker toffee years ago, I’ve totally been hooked. There are other similar desserts that I like, this white chocolate bark comes to mind, but nothing even comes close to matching this recipe!
It doesn’t hurt that it’s such an easy dessert to make, tastes absolutely amazing, and is the perfect sweet treat to indulge in!
How to Make Saltine Cracker Toffee With Peanuts
Ready to make some of your own? Here’s how, along with some quick tips and tricks to help you totally nail this recipe!
Step 1: Line a 9×13 baking dish with wax paper, then spray with cooking spray (don’t skip the cooking spray or your toffee may stick to the wax paper).
Step 2: Arrange the Saltines in a single layer on top of the wax paper.
Step 3: Combine peanuts, ½ cup of golden (or corn) syrup and sugar in a bowl. Microwave for about 2 minutes. Stir with a rubber spatula and continue to microwave until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to bubble.
Step 4: Add a tablespoon of butter and vanilla to the hot mixture and stir until it melts. Microwave until the mixture browns, approximately 2 minutes.
Step 5: Quickly pour the mixture over the crackers and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. It will be sticky and hot so spread quickly before it begins to set.
Step 6: Refrigerate for about an hour.
Step 7: Remove the hardened toffee from the dish and break it apart with your hands (or cut with a knife). Return the toffee pieces to the baking dish.
Step 8: In a microsafe bowl, combine chocolate chips, 4 tablespoons of butter, and 1 tablespoon of syrup to a bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, mixing each time, until the chocolate melts.
Step 9: Drizzle chocolate over the top of the toffee with a spoon and allow chocolate to harden. Serve and enjoy!
How Do I Re-Crisp Saltine Cracker Toffee?
If your saltine cracker toffee candy gets soft after awhile, don’t worry. There’s actually an easy way to fix that.
First, be sure to use real butter for the recipe, especially since you’re heating it in the microwave.
If the crackers and the toffee have become chewy and soft, start by preheating your oven to 225°. Then place the pieces on a baking sheet and bake on the middle rack for around 15-20 minutes, or until they become crisp.
How Long Does Saltine Toffee Last?
If you have saltine toffee leftover, place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It should last for about a week.
Can You Freeze Saltine Toffee?
Yes you totally can! In fact, this is one of my favorite candy recipes to make in a big batch on a lazy weekend and store for later. That way, when your sweet tooth kicks in on a random Saturday night, you’ve got something yummy to reach for!
Wrap the toffee in aluminum foil, place in an airtight container, then pop them in the freezer. It should stay good for up to three months.
I Don’t Have Peanuts. What Else Can I Use?
Salted peanuts add the perfect amount of crunch factor to saltine toffee. Don’t have peanuts on hand? Don’t run out to the grocery store just yet. Other nuts work great for this recipe too!
Pecans, cashews and almonds are some great alternatives. We love the salted nuts but if you prefer a little less salt, go with the unsalted nuts instead. Nuts like almonds will be better if you chop them, either using a sharp knife or a with a quick blitz in the food processor.
Why Did My Toffee Get Hard?
If you’ve made toffee before, you know how it can get super hard sometimes. Well, the reason behind this is a higher concentration of sugar than needed. Worried about doing this? Just follow the measurements in the recipe and you should be good to go!
In contrast, if you get the temperature of the sugar mixture up too high, the sugar can crystallize, and can cause your toffee to become grainy and soft.
And then, if there’s too much moisture in the mixture, your toffee will end up getting all chewy and sticky.
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Easy Saltine Cracker Toffee With Peanuts
- Line a 9×13 baking dish with wax paper and spray with cooking spray. Don't skip the cooking spray or the toffee may stick to the wax paper.
- Place the saltines on the wax paper in a single layer.24 saltine crackers
- Mix the peanuts, ½ cup of golden (or corn) syrup, and sugar in a bowl and microwave for approximately 2 minutes. Stir and continue to microwave until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to bubble.1 ½ cups lightly salted peanuts, ½ cup +1 tbsp golden syrup, 1 cup granulated sugar
- Add a tablespoon of butter and vanilla to the mixture and stir until melted. Microwave until the mixture browns, about 2 minutes.5 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Quickly pour the hot mixture over the crackers and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. The mixture is going to be very sticky and hot so spread it quickly before it begins to harden.
- Refrigerate the crackers for an hour.
- Remove the saltine toffee from the dish and break it apart using your hands or a knife. Place the toffee pieces back in the baking dish.
- Combine chocolate chips, 4 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of syrup in a bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, mixing in between, until the chocolate is melted.5 tbsp unsalted butter, ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, ½ cup +1 tbsp golden syrup
- Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate mixture over the toffee. Once the chocolate hardens, your saltine cracker toffee is ready to serve!