November 20, 2012

Anti-recipes: Ritz Cracker Candy

I can't take credit for the heavenly goodness pictured above, but I certainly ate my share of it this weekend. I attended an annual "Friends' Thanksgiving" event and this dessert was definitely one of the highlights. I decided to hunt down the recipe and share it here with y'all because it sounds so easy and the pay-off is HUGE. 

I've heard this treat called everything from "Cracker Crack" to "Puttin' on the Ritz," but I think Ritz Cracker Candy is the most simple name. See the recipe below: 

Ritz Cracker Candy

  • 1 to 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips/white chocolate chips 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and arrange the crackers on it in a single layer. 

Melt butter and brown sugar together in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. After it's melted, increase heat to medium-high and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour this mixture over the cracker layer. 

Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle crackers with chocolate chips and place back in the oven for 3 minutes (the oven will be turned off but still warm). Spread the melted chocolate over crackers and top with pecans and remaining chips. Allow to cool completely and break apart to serve. 

I don't have to tell you to enjoy because it would be impossible not to! Happy Tuesday friends! 


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed my dessert at Friends' Thanksgiving! I had no idea it'd be such a hit!

  2. i love recipes like this! thanks for sharing!

  3. I found it on's the blog site. It has a really good graham cracker candy recipe on it, too! :)

  4. This sounds dangerously similar to Crack Bark. A new variation of crack bark? Heck yes, I'm in.

  5. I tried making this today and the sugar/butter mixture never hardened. I can still taste (and feel) the texture of sugar in it. What would I have done wrong? I followed the directions exactly, or so I thought! Please help! I'd like to try this again, but don't want to waste more money, if it doesn't work. Thanks!

    1. You HAVE TO boil it that extra 3 minutes or the sugar will not dissolve. I know because I made the same mistake, then next time I boiled it long enough and it hardened.

  6. Is the 1st layer of ritz unbroken and the 2nd layer of crackers crushed,i'm confused!

  7. I always had made this with saltines but one day was out of saltines and used Ritz and loved it just as much - funny I thought it was my own idea ;)

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  9. I can't wait to try this recipe. It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing. Best part is I have everything in my cupboard~<3 Kim

  10. I have always made with saltines. This way sounds good as well.

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