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Graham Cracker Toffee Bars is a quick and easy way to cook candy. Only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes needed to make the best crispy, crunchy, buttery sweet treat.
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Table of Contents
  1. Toffee Graham Cracker Bars
  2. Why We Love This Graham Cracker Toffee Christmas Crack Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Graham Cracker Toffee Bars
  7. Tips for Making Graham Cracker Toffee Bars
  8. How to Store Toffee Bars
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Homemade Candy Recipes
  11. Graham Cracker Toffee Recipe

This easy Graham Cracker Toffee Bars recipe (aka Christmas Crack or Graham Cracker Crack) requires only 5 simple ingredients and 20 minutes to make.

It’s the perfect candy for everyday snacking with a crispy, crunchy texture and buttery sweet taste.

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Toffee Graham Cracker Bars

Our Graham Cracker Toffee recipe creates a big batch of graham cracker candy using sheets of graham crackers, butter, sugar, chocolate, and toffee bits, with caramel undertones baked into each bite.

It’s as simple as making a boiled butter and sugar mixture on the stove until thick enough to pour over graham cracker sheets, then it’s quickly baked until bubbling, covered in chocolate, and topped with toffee.

This recipe for graham cracker chocolate bars makes the perfect combination of easy-to-cook candy and crowd-pleasing confections.

Our easy graham recipe is not quite graham cracker brittle (because toffee is a bit softer on the tooth) and not quite graham cracker toffee bark (because we don’t use chocolate as the base), but it is the best sweet, salty, sticky, treat that you can package as homemade holiday gifts or serve at parties.

Why We Love This Graham Cracker Toffee Christmas Crack Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in 20 minutes and no candy thermometer needed.
  • Only uses 5 ingredients.
  • Filled with toffee flavor without the feeling of candy being stuck in your teeth or causing a cavity.
  • Not as brittle or hard as traditional toffee so you won’t break a tooth!
  • Graham cracker toffee crack is addictive and so hard not to polish off more than one piece.
  • Perfect for holiday parties, cookie platters, potlucks, or after-school snacks.

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Graham Cracker Toffee Bars ingredients

Ingredients

  • Honey graham crackers: You can use cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers for a slightly different flavor.
  • Salted butter: You can use unsalted butter if you wish but I recommend adding some salt to balance out the sugar flavors.
  • Dark brown sugar: You can substitute light brown sugar if you prefer, though the dark brown sugar adds depth to the flavor. In a pinch you can use granulated white sugar but you’ll miss some of the toffee flavor. 
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Heath toffee bits

Substitutions and Additions

  • Change The Bar Base: You can change up the base of this toffee bar recipe and use wafers or a flavored graham cracker instead. If you want to go saltier, you can use saltine crackers or even potato chips.
  • Choose Your Chip: You can substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips if you prefer. If you want to customize your candy, you can alternate dark chocolate and white chocolate for a zebra result, use chocolate and butterscotch chips, or even use peanut butter chips for a different flavor.
  • Top Your Toffee: Top your toffee with toffee bits, chopped nuts (such as pecans, almonds, or walnuts), chopped candy bars, crushed peppermint or candy cane pieces, M&Ms, sprinkles, or even some sea salt. Feel free to leave the topping off completely if you prefer. 
top shot of Graham Cracker Toffee Bars cut into squares
  • Jelly roll pan or other lipped baking sheet of 10×15 inches
  • Parchment paper
  • Saucepan
  • Knife or pizza cutter
  • Spreading spatula
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How to Make Graham Cracker Toffee Bars

  1. Prepare The Pan: Place the graham cracker sheets in a layer on the bottom of the sheet pan.
  2. Make The Sugar Mixture: Stir the butter and sugar together until melted and combined. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Stir continuously until thick.
  3. Bake: Pour the hot mixture over the graham cracker layer, spread with a spatula, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes or until the sugar mixture is bubbling all over. 
  4. Cover In Chocolate: Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the top with chocolate chips. Let it sit until the chips have melted enough to spread over the toffee. 
  5. Top With Toffee: Top with Heath toffee bits and cool to room temperature. Cool in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until completely set. 
  6. Serve: Cut into squares and serve. Enjoy!

Tips for Making Graham Cracker Toffee Bars

  • Make sure to line your baking sheet with parchment paper so that it’s easy to remove. Don’t use aluminum foil because the candy will stick to it.
  • There is no need to break the graham crackers when layering them in the pan; it is also ok if they are broken. 
  • Make sure to melt the butter and brown sugar together. If you melt the butter first and then add the sugar, the butter and the sugar will separate.

How to Store Toffee Bars

  • To Store: Stored your candy in an airtight container or plastic bag for 5-7 days at room temperature or 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Graham Cracker Toffee Bars on the plate with toppings

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store my Graham Cracker Toffee?

This graham cracker toffee can be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag. It will last for 5-7 days at room temperature. It can also be stored for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. I don’t recommend freezing the toffee as the graham crackers get very hard and tend to thaw soggy. 

Do I need a candy thermometer to make this toffee?

No! This is one candy that can easily be made without a candy thermometer. What you want to look for when cooking the sugar and butter together is for them to combine and then simmer together until they thicken. The color will change from a dark brown to a more caramel color. This is usually achieved within about 5 minutes of simmering. In the oven, the toffee will begin bubbling at the edges first. Be sure to bake it long enough that it is bubbling all over, including in the center. At that point you can remove the toffee from the oven and sprinkle on the chocolate chips.

Why is my candy chewy instead of crispy?

Be aware that the more you cook the sugar mixture, the crispier it will be. If it isn’t cooked as long, it will be more chewy and less crispy. Neither one is wrong, it just depends on which style you prefer, a chewy toffee or a crispy toffee. 

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Graham Cracker Toffee

Serves — 15
Graham Cracker Toffee Bars is a quick and easy way to cook candy. Only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes needed to make the best crispy, crunchy, buttery sweet treat.
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 13 honey graham crackers (~ 1 ½ sleeves)
  • cups (2½ sticks) salted butter
  • cups dark brown sugar packed
  • 10 ounces bag dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Heath toffee bits

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a jelly roll pan (10×15 inches) with parchment paper.
  • Lay the graham cracker sheets on the bottom of the sheet pan in one layer. There is no need to break the crackers but it is ok if they are broken.
  • Set the pan aside for now.
  • In a saucepan, over medium high heat, stir the salted butter and dark brown sugar together until the butter has melted and everything is combined.
  • Bring the sugar mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer while stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and lightened slightly in color.
  • Pour the hot mixture over the graham cracker layer and even out with a spatula, if necessary.
  • Place the pan in the oven to cook for another 5-7 minutes or until the sugar mixture is bubbling evenly all over.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle it with the dark chocolate chips.
  • Let the pan sit for 5 minutes or until they have melted enough to spread.
  • Use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee layer.
  • Top with the Heath toffee bits and then allow the pan to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  • Place the toffee in the refrigerator to cool for 1-2 hours or until completely set.
  • Cut into squares with a knife or pizza cutter and serve.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Stored your candy in an airtight container or plastic bag for 5-7 days at room temperature or 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Tips:
  • Make sure to line your baking sheet with parchment paper so that it’s easy to remove. Don’t use aluminum foil because the candy will stick to it.
  • There is no need to break the graham crackers when layering them in the pan; it is also ok if they are broken.
  • Make sure to melt the butter and brown sugar together. If you melt the butter first and then add the sugar, the butter and the sugar will separate.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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