Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack is what my daughter's family calls this sweet treat that is only around the house during holiday time. Her version of the recipe came by way of her sister-in-law Kim, but I have seen many similar recipes posted on other blogs. I did some checking and possibly the original came from Trisha Yearwood, but Trisha's is made with saltine crackers, while Kim uses graham crackers in this recipe. Either way, I'm sure this stuff is equally addictive, so beware!

I spent a couple of days last week at my daughter's house and watched as she made several batches of this to give away to neighbors and co-workers. She had a regular assembly line going in her kitchen, boiling, spreading, cooling, breaking, then packaging. The batches that weren't cool enough to break up before bedtime were broken up and packaged before she went to work the next morning. She speeds around the kitchen like she's riding a Ducati, I wish I had her energy level.

Kim's Christmas Crack

Graham crackers (about 16 whole)
2 cups (4 sticks) butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1 (12 oz.) bag semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a half sheet pan (18 x 13-inches) by covering with aluminum foil, then coating lightly with nonstick cooking spray (or line pan with parchment paper). Lay the graham crackers out in a single layer on the prepared pan, breaking as needed to fit the pan; set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, combine the butter and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil, then cook 3 minutes longer. Pour this mixture over the graham crackers. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven. Sprinkle immediately with the chocolate chips. Spread the melted chips in a layer over the top. Place the pan in refrigerator until hardened, then break up into pieces.

I'm not sure how many packages were made, but here are some of them waiting to be whisked away to the lucky recipients. If you live in the Little Rock area and received one of these bags, you'll probably be needing the recipe for Christmas Crack so you can make more.


  1. Love this stuff!

    It's very popular around here, I learned to make it when I was in my teens. We use saltines though!

    One of my co workers made it with grahams, no chocolate..... but almonds on top. That was good too!

    It's a fun recipe, next time I will give the grahams a try.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks for the almond idea, Laurie! Sounds like there may be no way to credit the origin of this recipe, just one of those that has been around a long time. Merry Christmas to you and yours!