Chocolate Caramel Cookie Brittle

Still looking around for that perfect holiday gift? Well, look no further, this may be it! This is a simple and dramatic recipe for a cookie “brittle” that is different and delicious and very festive looking. You can make batch of it in no time, and if you have a nice glass cookie jar and some ribbon you are ready to rock.

Now get ready to be amazed…the secret ingredient in this one? Saltines. Yep, you read that right, good old boring saltines — they transform into this exotic concoction like Clark Kent morphing into Superman. You line your favorite jelly roll pan with foil (I like the nonstick kind myself). Open a sleeve of saltines and lay them out on the foil in a single layer, with the sides touching. If you have an 11/17 inch pan they will fit perfectly.

Next take 2 sticks of butter and melt them in a saucepan over medium high heat. Pour in a cup of brown sugar and boil that sinful mixture for three minutes. It will look alarmingly dramatic, but don’t worry, it’s doing its job. After three minutes give it a good final stir and pour it over those saltines, making sure they are good and covered. Pop the pan into a 400 degree oven for 7 minutes. The butter and sugar will soak and cook into the saltines, coating them in caramel goodness.

After 7 minutes you take out the tray and put it on a cooling rack. Pour a 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and nuke them for about 2-3 minutes until they turn into melted chocolate when you stir them. At this point pour the melted chocolate over the caramel saltines and spread that chocolatey goodness over the whole thing with a spatula until the entire layer is covered. Oh yes. Then put the whole thing into the fridge and chill it down until the whole thing is hardened together — usually about an hour.

Now you have a mass of caramel chocolate heaven…break it into irregular pieces and sample one. The caramel is crunchy and sugary. The chocolate is, well, chocolate. The saltine has practically disintegrated into all of it, leaving only a tiny crunch on the inside with just a hint of salt.

Now if you can bear to give this deliciousness away, drop them into your pretty glass jar and wrap the ribbon around the jar. Holiday Gift Extraordinaire. Do I look out for you or what?!

Happy Merry Ho Ho Ho! 


Chocolate Caramel Cookie Brittle
  • 1 sleeve saltines
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line 11-17 baking pan with foil.
  3. Lay out all saltines in a single layer in pan, sides touching
  4. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and heat to boiling for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Pour butter/sugar mixture over saltines, making sure to cover all of them thoroughly.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in microwave for 2-3 minutes until they are completely melted when you stir them. Spread them on top of the saltines, covering completely
  8. Refrigerate until completely cooled and hardened. Break into pieces.


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  1. Myrnie says

    You're a life saver- I've given up on presents for my brothers and brothers-in-law. They're all getting goodies this year! I just couldn't decide what to make. :)

  2. Cathy says

    This is the best cookie recipe ever! It's amazing what caramel and chocolate do to saltines. Sometimes I make it with graham crackers. Also out of sight!!!

  3. Anonymous says

    I've been making this stuff for years, but us country folk just call it cracker candy, lol! No seriously, it's like crack, so it's very fitting!
    I use milk chocolate chips, just sprinkle them over the hot crackers when they come out of the oven, then sprinkle on a cup of chopped pecans, cover with wax paper and press it all down, put it in the freezer until set. Tastes just like a Heath Bar. People beg me for this stuff at Christmas and I make so much of it that by the time it's over, I'm sick of it! But it's the good stuff!
    Hey, I'm trying your cookie truffles this weekend, my coworkers will love them I'm sure!
    Thanks for your great blog, I love seeing what you're fixin' up for that Southern Hubby of yours 😉

  4. Leslie says

    Can I just say that I adore your posts?! I love your recipe selections, but truly look forward to your fantastic banter and pictures! Have a wonderful holiday!

  5. Marcia Molnar says

    I've been a purist this year, I've made my own marshmallows from scratch, ground the almonds into flour for my almond cookies, browned the butter, blah,blah,blah. But when I saw this recipe, I said to hell with purity, I have got to try this! And it is divine!
    This is my favorite new recipe and "Framed" has become my favorite food blog!

  6. ellie jacques capon says

    I had to write now because we are waiting for 2 pans of this chocolate caramel cookie delirium to harden. Typing keeps my fingers out of the pan!
    You are simply fabulous and I just thought that you should know that! Thank you for your delightful recipes and fearless forays into yummy goodness! Merry, Merry!

  7. Pia says

    This CHOCOLATE CARAMEL COOKIE BRITTLE makes me craving for my favorite chocolate cookie. Thanks for guiding me through this. I will try to make something like that this weekend. Keep posting!

  8. Anonymous says

    I received this as a gift two years ago and got the recipe last year. It is such a hit, I add crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate to make it more festive. I also tried it using white chocolate and butterscotch, seperately of course. This year I found mint chocolate chips that I am going to use this year. I have also added crushed walnuts. Your imagination can really take this anywhere.

  9. Stephanie says

    Oh my word. I made this last night and it is INSANE! It's delicious and at least as addictive as crack (but probably tastier I'm thinking).

  10. flaky says

    I made these cracktastic little treats this afternoon. Holy smokes! By the time DH came home from work, I made him lock the remainder of the tin in the trunk of his car. We just can't have these in our house – I have to fit in my dress pants on Saturday & its already a photo finish.

  11. says

    Attempted #this awesome salted-caramel chocolate brittle this weekend – ur recipe rocks! Didn’t boil 1st batch long enuf and turned into toffee… but still delicious! I can see why ppl have quickly named it “crack” lol!


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