‘Tis the season for Christmas treats! This one disappears just about as quickly as it is made. As soon as I start breaking it out of the pan I find people hovering to snatch pieces away. And by ‘people’ I mean Andy and Trinity. They have a gift for knowing when the pan is coming out of the refrigerator. Saltine’s are what make this “fool’s” toffee. It has all the deliciousness of real toffee with no candy thermometer required. I’ve made it for years and once you try it, I know you will too! Serve it at a party, give it as a gift, or just enjoy while curled up with a cozy blanket, a glass of milk and a Christmas movie.

Fool’s Toffee


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • about 36 saltine crackers
  • 1 pkg (12 oz) chocolate chips
  • chopped pecans or walnuts


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Lay crackers out on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Melt butter in a medium saucepan with the brown sugar, whisking until they come together. 

Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat and boil for 4 minutes.
Pour over the crackers and spread to cover all the crackers. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. It will get bubbly again in the oven.

Remove from oven and pour chocolate chips evenly over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes until the chocolate chips start to melt. Then use the back of a rubber spatula to spread the chocolate out evenly.

Sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts. Refrigerate until well chilled (at least an hour). Break into pieces and serve. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator; if there’s any left!

I made this before Thanksgiving at my parents house and as I write this post I’m really sad I don’t have any! I will have to buy some Saltine’s tomorrow! We’ll be decorating the tree and these will be the perfect treat. 🙂