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Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

My kids and grandchildren love this cracker candy recipe. The neighbor kids rush right over when they find out I have them. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 2 pounds


  • 35 saltines
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with foil; grease foil. Arrange saltines in a single layer on foil.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over crackers.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until bubbly. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften for a few minutes, then spread over top. Sprinkle with pecans. Cool slightly.
  • Refrigerate, uncovered, 1 hour or until set. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • For a twist on the recipe, try using toasted almonds or walnuts instead of pecans.
  • Add colored sprinkles or crushed candies alongside the pecans for a themed look.
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  • Editor's Note
    To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 ounce: 164 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


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    • Lauren
      Dec 14, 2020

      I made this today with my 5 year old grandson. It was so easy!! He did most the work (Daddy helped pouring over the butter/sugar mixture and I helped spreading the melted chips). He decided to use Christmas sprinkles instead of pecans. Taste....3 thumbs up from Drew, Grandpa and Daddy!!

    • marybigelow
      Dec 11, 2020

      Delicious! I also made a batch with white chips for my sister who can't eat chocolate. I may like the taste even more!

    • Barb
      Dec 4, 2020

      My Dad had this recipe at Christmas one year and showed me how to make it . I've continued to make if every year since !! His recipe was called "The Best Cracker Recipe" and it is !!!

    • Sue Kindl
      Jan 26, 2020

      I made this recently. It was both easy and delicious!

    • Deb Dorn
      Nov 8, 2019

      I have made this several times and have used different flavored chips, dark, white, milk....and have also put different toppings. Pecans, toffee chips, and it worked out great.

    • Moriah
      Dec 21, 2017

      I tried this recipe for the first time tonight and I liked the way it turned out. I made a few tweaks though, I added two tablespoons more brown sugar and only baked it for about 5 minutes. Covering with foil helps the chips melt. I can’t wait to have my friends and family try it !

    • JWN
      Dec 21, 2017

      This is a simple recipe but like most candy recipes, the cooking times should be followed carefully. Undercooking the butter/brown sugar results in a grainy mixture & overcooking in the oven results in a hard candy layer & neither make for optimum taste/texture.The chocolate chips melt quickly & spread easily. I wonder if the other reveiwer realizes that they don’t change shape as they melt? I use an offset spatula & they spread like soft butter.

    • Chery
      Dec 8, 2017

      Family favorite, been making it for many years. I do a lot of baking but never candy, this was easy to follow and achieve great results. Thank you. We call it “HoBo toffee”

    • Heidi_Cooks
      Dec 1, 2017

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    • Phyllis
      Oct 29, 2017

      This is GREAT! We made many times before, but have another name for this candy-- "Jenky Candy".Follow the recipe! A couple changes I've made: add a few shakes of salt to the sugar/butter mix,use more crackers than listed (maybe 8-10 more). Cook the butter/sugar for the required time. And be patient while they cool.