This festive Christmas Bark is easy and delicious! Layers of graham crackers, brown sugar toffee, peanut butter, and chocolate make this an addictive holiday treat.
Can you believe we’re into the last month of the year? What has your December looked like?
Are you existing on a diet of Egg Nog Lattes and Christmas cookies? If not, it’s time to start. Bake some cookies, drop extra marshmallows into your hot chocolate, and let’s do this season right.
This is the time of year that I make batch after batch of my favorite Pecan Praline Bark. But today I’m switching things up with this super easy Christmas Bark. Making edible gifts for friends and family is one of my favorite parts of the season. If you’re looking for some other Christmas treats, try my: Peppermint Cookies, Sugar Cookies or Cookie Mix in a Jar.
Christmas Crack Recipe
You might know also know this as Christmas crack, or graham cracker toffee. It’s a layer of graham crackers topped with brown sugar toffee, melted chocolate, and any festive holiday toppings you choose (I used M&M’s and sprinkles). And because I absolutely love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter, I also added some peanut butter into this Christmas Bark.
Bonus: There is no actual “toffee” in this recipe. We are making a toffee-like mixture of butter and brown sugar and pouring it over graham crackers which serve as our crunchy base. This is way easier than making real toffee, no candy thermometer needed. Woohoo!
This recipe makes a big batch of toffee that you can share with anyone and everyone. Package it up for gifts, stash some in your freezer for late night snacking, or set it out and watch it disappear.
Everyone goes crazy for this stuff, you will be glad you made a big batch! Also to be noted: If you’re anything like me, you will be stealing bites as you’re breaking it up. Worry not, no one will even know any is missing.
- Graham crackers – Layer them in the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet.
- Toffee – A quick mixture of butter and brown sugar gets poured over the graham crackers.
- Peanut butter – Optional, but SO delicious. Pour it over the toffee.
- Chocolate – Sprinkle over chocolate chips and allow them to melt, then spread with a spatula.
- Holiday candies and sprinkles – I add holiday M&M’s and red and green sprinkles.
How can you go wrong with ↑ that ↑ combination of ingredients? You can’t. This stuff is nicknamed “crack” for a reason – it is addicting! One piece leads to another, and another, and another. Repeat after me: This is what New Year’s resolutions are for. 😉
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- 15 whole graham cracker sheets
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter, melted, OPTIONAL
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup M&M's Holiday Milk Chocolate Candies
- 1 tablespoon red and green sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 13x18 rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Lay the graham cracker sheets in a single layer, side by side in the pan, breaking pieces as needed to fill the pan.
- Place butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully pour over the graham crackers. Use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the mixture over the graham crackers.
- Place the pan in the oven for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour the melted peanut butter on top (if using). Use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the peanut butter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and place back in the oven for 1 additional minute, to melt the chocolate (the chocolate might still be in the shape of the "chips", but it should be soft enough to spread). Remove from the oven and use an offset spatula to evenly spread the melted chocolate. Allow to cool just slightly, then sprinkle the top with M&M’S and sprinkles.
- Cool to room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator to firm up completely. Once chilled, break the toffee into irregular pieces. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutritional Information is an estimate based on third-party calculations and may vary based on products used and serving sizes.
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