All you need is five simple ingredients to make these delicious graham cracker toffee bars. So good, so easy and so addictive!
This year for the holidays, I’m trying to keep everything as simple as possible. Now as I type this know, I’ve just received a package from Amazon with all the tools I need to do royal icing sugar cookies. You know those aren’t gonna be simple for this first timer! So when I say simple, I’m also willing to take it up a notch if the Christmas spirit gets me jingling. 😉 But for right now, I wanted a simple sweet treat I could easily make and give as gifts to teachers and neighbors. That’s why my yummy graham cracker toffee is so fabulous!
Have you heard of Christmas Crack? Well that treat is similar to mine. It’s called crack basically because of the cracker crust. You can make these with saltines, Ritz or with my pick – graham crackers. But that’s the beauty of this recipe – you can simply use what you have on hand. My youngest loves graham crackers so I buy the four-pack at Costco. So since I’m obviously stocked in that department, why not use them right?!
Besides, the graham cracker, all you need is butter, brown sugar, some pecans and Hershey’s chocolate bars. I personally am a huge Hershey’s fan so I love using their delicious bars for this recipe. But if you don’t want to make an extra trip to the store (I feel ya!) just grab a cup of some semi-sweet chocolate chips. Just as yummy!
So to make these tasty graham cracker toffee bars, just line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Then squeeze as many graham crackers as you can into a single layer. I found for my pan, 14 sheets fits perfectly!
Then melt the butter and add some brown sugar. Get that to a boil for a few minutes then add in those chopped pecans. If you’re not a fan of nuts – skip em! Pour this hot mixture over the graham crackers. And then pop the pan into the oven and let the butter mixture get a little more cooked and extra bubbly (about 6-7 minutes).
While that’s baking, open all the chocolate bars and break them into pieces. Then remove the pan and carefully place those delicious chocolate bar pieces across the toffee layer. Wait a few minutes for them to get all melty and gooey, then spread the chocolate around, leaving a few places where the butter mixture can still shine through. Finally, sprinkle on your favorite toppings, and let the tray cool to room temperature. For the boys, I used some red, green and white sprinkles! Kids love everything with sprinkles – it’s a scientific fact. 🙂
You can then break the graham cracker toffee into individual pieces at this point. But here’s a tip if you’re in a hurry and need your bars stat. Pop the tray into the freezer for an hour or so until the bars get totally frozen. And then remove and break them into pieces. Added bonus — eat them chilled. 🙂 Once you try them frozen you may never go back.
I do hope you will give this quick holiday recipe a try and let me know how you like ’em! And — since these bars took you less than a half hour to make — now you can spend your extra time enjoying another holiday movie! 🙂
MORE CHRISTMAS RECIPES:
- Easy Holiday Peppermint Meltaway Cookies
- Cookie and Chocolate Dessert Charcuterie Board
- Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Eggnog Glaze
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with White Chocolate
- Graham crackers (one sleeve or about 14 sheets)
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 14 oz Hershey's chocolate bars (2 - 7oz bars works perfectly!)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line an 11 x 15-inch baking sheet (or jelly roll pan) with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (If using aluminum foil, mist it with baking spray.)
- Arrange graham crackers touching side by side in a single layer, breaking some of the graham crackers in half if need be so that that they fit. Set aside.
In medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat until melted. Add brown sugar and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a boil, stirring constantly. Let the mixture boil for about 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
Stir in chopped pecans. Then pour mixture over graham crackers and spread into an even layer. Bake for 6-7 minutes.
While the bars are baking, unwrap the Hershey's chocolate bars and break them into pieces.
Remove bars from oven and carefully place chocolate pieces across the top of the toffee layer.
Once chocolate has begun to melt, use a spatula or spoon to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the bars. Sprinkle with holiday colored sprinkles if desired.
Let sit for about two hours and them cut and serve. Sometimes, if I am in a hurry, I will cool the cookies in the freezer for a quicker serve time! 🙂