About Erin Henry

Since its founding in 2015 by suburban mother Erin Henry, Suburban Simplicity has provided an outlet for like-minded women to connect and share their methods for a serene and simple home life. It has become a trusted resource for advice on simple, modern homemaking, appearing on Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, MSN and Yummly.

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  1. Ashley says

    I love this recipe so much that I have made it twice this week! I halved the recipe both times and used 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of light brown sugar. The first time, I boiled the mixture for the full 3 minutes, and it was definitely too long. It became too firm and was hard to spread over the crackers, and although it didn’t scorch, I felt like it tasted slightly burned (my sister said I was imagining it, ha!). The second time around, I only boiled it for 1.5 minutes, and it was much better! Overall, this is a great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing:)

  2. Grace says

    What am i doing wrong, my chocolate chips won’t melt? I’m not getting creamy shiny chocolate that is spreadable on top.

    • Erin says

      I’ve never heard of this before, Grace. I use Nestle Chocolate Chips and they melt just fine. How soon after you take them out of the oven are you putting the chocolate on? Make sure the toffee/crackers are still warm.

  3. Kari says

    Hi! Is there any reason I cant use milk chocolate chips on top? i noticed you said only semi-sweet or dark. Thanks 🙂

  4. BEVERLY says

    ERIN A CLOSE FRIEND OF MY DAUGHTER IN LAW MAKES THESE EVERY CHRISTMAS I always wanted the receipe but never got it But THanks to you I can make my own without the nuts!!!!!Thank YOU!!!!!!!

    • Erin says

      This stuff is soooo good, Beverly!! It’s one of my most popular recipes, so I’m glad you found it!! Now you can make as much as you want…and share it if you want 🙂 Enjoy it without nuts! Erin

  5. Jackie says

    I used milk chocolate chips and it would not spread. Is the milk chocolate part the problem? It doesn’t look shiny and smooth.

    • Erin says

      Hi Jackie, I’ve used milk chocolate chips before without an issue. Did you put the chocolate chips on right after you took the toffee out of the oven? If so, the pan should have been hot enough for the chips to melt. Also, I let the chips sit just a minute to get soft and then start spreading.

  6. Debbie says

    I tryed these today, they were simple and so good. I have one problem, is there a easy way to remove the waxed paper? Mine seems to be permanently attached. The cookie is so good I’ve been eating it with the paper attached but I wonder how good that is for my digestive system. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you

    • Erin says

      Hi Debbie. I think I know what the issue is…the wax paper. It’s best to use parchment paper with this recipe so that you don’t have any sticking problems. I’m sure it’s delicious…wax paper or not 🙂

  7. Erin says

    Hi, I was wondering how you think it would turn out subbing pretzels in place of the crackers? And using skor bits for the toffee in place of making it?


    • Erin says

      Hi Erin, I think subbing pretzels would work fine. I’m not sure about the Skor bits, I’m wondering if they have enough toffee to hold it all together. That said, all those ingredients sound wonderful so you might try it first with a small batch and see how it goes.

  8. Ash says

    I love these, my friend made them for me before and I could not get enough of them. And they look so simple. However we have a nut allergy in our house so I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for a different topping, I’m sure no topping would be just fine but what’s the funn in that?

    • Erin says

      They are really, really good!! You could definitely go without nuts, or you could also top them with sprinkles or other nut-free candy. They would look pretty in Christmas colors! Enjoy!

  9. Brenda Altman-Tarr says

    I’ve made this countless times before, and *somehow*it manages to disappear before I can find out how to store it for a few days. Any idea? I am making 3 recipes of it (subbing grahams for saltines) for an upcoming fundraiser.

    • Erin says

      Yes, disappearing is a common problem with this recipe 🙂 I haven’t found a remedy, so let me know if you do!! I’ll have to try it with grahams! Yum! I’m sure it will be the hit of the fundraiser.

  10. Erin says

    This looks downright amazing! Pinning it…and I’m going to try making it during the holidays. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Erin says

      It is amazing…and addicting!! Definitely make it during the holidays. It’s great to bring to a cookie exchange. Then again, you might not want to share 🙂

  11. Debbie says

    Hi Erin, homemade fudge and toffee are firm Christmas favourites in this house. This saltine toffee recipe does sound like a potential Christmas favourite. Toffee with a slight saltiness and chocolate, what’s not to like?


    • Erin says

      I like all of this one! Give it a try. I think the salty, sweet chocolate combo is very addicting. I think we’ll give it as gifts this year for the holidays!

  12. Yvonne says

    Looks delicious and love how you have presented them, makes me think they would be a lovely treat to gift someone who needed cheering up 🙂 # WAYWOW

  13. Nikki says

    Erin, my mom used to make this for us when we were young. I cannot believe I forgot about it. I will give this the highest recommendation for any readers, it is so delicious. And so addicting. It really won’t last long. It is a great addition to a Christmas cookie platter or a nice bite-sized treat after Thanksgiving dinner. You have to try this. I cannot believe I forgot about it. And brings back great memories. Now I gotta call my mom.

    • Erin says

      I can’t believe I didn’t know about this recipe until recently!! How nice of your mom to make it for you!! It’s so easy, but such an indulgent treat. I’m glad it brought back some good memories for you, Nikki!

    • Erin says

      Oh, no!! That would be terrible! It only takes a few minutes to make the butter turn into a caramel yummy treat! This recipe is totally worth it…maybe you should give it a another try!

    • vivian says

      I just would like to know if I can melt the chocolate chips and
      Then spread it on.
      Can you tell me how to melt them
      Thank you

      • Erin says

        Hi Vivian, you could definitely melt the chocolate chips before hand in the microwave or in a double broiler. I find they melt just fine if you add them right after the toffee comes out of the hot oven, but if you want the chocolate pre-melted it would work just as well.

  14. Mike says

    Oh my gosh, as is so often with your food/treat posts my mouth was watering while reading this, Erin! I can see why it’s referred to as Christmas Crack! Now, I’ve got the cravings and I’m stuck at work! Have a great day 🙂

    • Erin says

      The first time I heard about this recipe I was skeptical…who make a dessert with crackers?? But as soon as I made it, I was hooked! Now it’s requested from my friends! Thanks for stopping by, Mike!

    • Lisa says

      Lol! My children call it moms Christmas Crack! Love it because it sticky like toffee or hard! Buttery flavor with salty and sweet! Yum!!

  15. Linda at Mixed Kreations says

    This recipe looks delicious! I love chocolate and toffee, I bet it really is amazing with that little bit of salty flavor. I may try this for Thanksgiving because I work that day so I need quick and easy recipes to take to my mother’s. Plus everyone there has a sweet tooth so it will get eaten, and that will save me from eating it all. Lol

    • Erin says

      This is really AMAZING…and amazingly simple! Give it a try, Linda. I think you’ll love how easy it is and you also love everyone giving you compliments 🙂

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