Crisp saltine crackers drenched in a buttery bourbon-spiked maple & brown sugar toffee, topped with toasted pecans, dotted with dark chocolate, and sprinkled with salt.  This “Christmas crack” is dangerously addictive!

Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack | Baking a Moment

It’s the last weekend before Christmas!  Are you ready for it???

I’m so happy to be sharing this incredible recipe today.  It’s perfect for this weekend, which is sure to be a crazy scramble to fit in as much preparation and activity as humanly possible!

Whether you haven’t had time for holiday baking at all, or you just want to add one more kind of delicious to your already overflowing desserts table, this is the recipe for you!  It’s so easy, you don’t even have to turn on the oven!  You’ll be munching on bourbon maple pecan Christmas crack in 10 minutes, plus the time it takes to cool 😉

Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack | Baking a Moment

I made this with my husband in mind.  He loves this flavor combo!  Chocolate pecan pie is his hands-down favorite dessert.  If I had been planning our Thanksgiving menu this year, this would have been on it for shiz.  I felt bad that he missed out on it this year, so I figured I’d make it up to him for Christmas.

You may recognize the general idea of this recipe.  It’s basically a toffee bark.  Over the years, it’s acquired the nickname”Christmas crack.”  Because it’s made with crackers, you crack it into pieces after it cools, and yes, it’s highly addictive!

Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack | Baking a Moment

It all starts with a sleeve of saltine crackers.  Just lay them in an even layer on a sheet pan.

I typically prefer to line my pans with parchment, but for this recipe a silicone mat works really well.  It’s non-stick and super durable, so you won’t have to worry about picking bits of torn paper off the back of your bark.

Butter gets bubbly with brown sugar, pure maple syrup, and bourbon, and the whole fragrant, caramelly mess drenches the crackers.  While it’s still hot, scatter a boatload of toasted pecans on top, pressing them into place with the back of a spatula.  Tumble a few handfuls of mini-chocolate chips over the surface, and hit it with a few pinches of salt.  Done!

Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack | Baking a Moment

Once it’s cooled you can bust it up into big shards and nibble to your hearts content!  You’re going to love the sweet/salty crunch, and that hint of toasty bourbon along with the rich nuts, buttery toffee, and dark chocolate…!

Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack | Baking a Moment

I want to wish you all the most merry of Christmases!  I’ll be taking next week to spend lots of time with my loved ones, so there won’t be any new recipes on the blog until the 30th.  ‘Til then!

Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack | Baking a Moment

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Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Crisp saltine crackers drenched in a buttery bourbon-spiked maple & brown sugar toffee, topped with toasted pecans, dotted with dark chocolate, and sprinkled with salt. This “Christmas crack” is dangerously addictive!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon maple pecan Christmas crack, bourbon maple pecan saltine toffee
Servings: 12
Calories: 353 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Arrange crackers in a single layer on a lined baking sheet.

  2. Place the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt in a medium pot and bring to a bubble, stirring often.
  3. Attach a candy thermometer, and cook the mixture, stirring frequently, to 280 degrees F.
  4. Remove from the heat, stir in the baking soda, and pour over the crackers.
  5. Immediately scatter the pecans evenly over the surface, pressing lightly with the back of a spatula.
  6. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, and the mini chocolate chips.
  7. Cool completely (10 minutes in the freezer speeds up the process), and break into shards.
Recipe Notes

The alcohol in the bourbon will evaporate during the cooking process.

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Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Maple Pecan Christmas Crack
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 389mg17%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 489IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.