On the 6th day of Christmas…
…we have ourselves a merry little Christmas with Graham Cracker Toffee!
Okay, I admit it. I cheated. This is not an actual cookie. It falls somewhere in the candy/bark/brittle genre, but I say we all just turn a blind eye to this technicality. Trust me, you will thank me later.
This particular treat will always hold a special place in my heart, as it reminds me of baking Christmas treats with my mom growing up. Each year, she would make a GIANT tray of Christmas goodies for my dad’s office. When I say giant, I’m talking 500-cookies giant. It was insane. I vividly remember her planning out each year’s assortment, leafing through cookbooks, magazines and her chaotic folder of misshapen, weathered recipes she had collected from God knows where. No matter what new recipes she decided to try in a given year, gingersnaps, wedding cookies and graham cracker toffee always made the list.
Being the child who was a) an eager-beaver, know-it-all and b) her mother’s shadow, I naturally involved myself in this annual cooking baking process. The first few Christmases, my mom assigned me the hard-to-mess-up tasks such as sprinkling chocolate chips and nuts on top of the toffee and placing cookies on the tray. As my responsibilities grew and skills developed over the years, as did my love for baking.
If I had to guess, my mom included graham cracker toffee in her Christmas lineup each year for two reasons: 1) it is amazingly delicious and 2) it is literally the easiest recipe ever. When you know your holiday oven will be overflowing with cookies, this quick, no-bake toffee is a great alternative to save both time and oven real estate. Additionally, you can add whatever tasty toppings you want to this crispy, buttery toffee. Mixed nuts, M&Ms, crushed Oreos…you name it, and there is a 99.9% chance it will taste incredible on this toffee.
Add some variety to your traditional Christmas baking repertoire with this addictive treat!
NOTE: For all your vegans out there (AKA my cousin Abbie), simply substitute Earth Balance & vegan chocolate chips and enjoy!
- 1 (14.4-ounce) package honey graham crackers
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
- **To make this recipe vegan, use Earth Balance & vegan chocolate chips**
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the graham crackers on the baking sheet in an even layer, until the sheet is full.
- Combine butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly. Cook mixture for 10-12 minutes, until it is golden brown and smells nutty.
- Pour the hot mixture evenly over the graham crackers. Spread with a spatula or knife so caramel fully covers the graham crackers.
- Quickly sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Cut or break toffee into individual pieces. Enjoy!