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In January 2019, Colleen and I traveled to Cape Charles, VA for a few days. While there, we invited the next door neighbors, Mike and Terry, over for dinner. They brought a wonderful bottle of French wine and dessert. For the dessert, Terry made a dish called “Crack”. The name fits it well because you take one bite and it tends to get one hooked on it.

I’ve seen this recipe online but this one seems to be a variation by Terry. Anyway, easy to make and even easier to eat!

Thank you for sharing it with us, Mike and Terry!


  • 1 sleeve or so of saltine crackers – use enough to cover the bottom of the pan
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter
  • 1 cup packed brown or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 12 oz package of regular or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 to 1 cup slivered almonds, pecans, or other nuts
  • Flake sea salt to taste
  • 11×17 baking sheet


  1. Set oven to 350.
  2. On a raised side cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, cover with a layer of saltines.
  3. Bring butter and sugar to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour evenly over saltines and bake for 7 minutes.
  5. Turn off the oven, remove, and spread the melting chocolate chips overall.
  6. Return the pan to the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove and sprinkle nuts and salt over top. Place in refrigerator overnight (or for several hours) before continuing on to the next step.
  8. Break into pieces and store in the freezer until time to serve.


  1. Make sure the paper is large enough to cover the sides of the pan. You can also use heavy duty foil. Use either stick free or spray with a small amount of cooking spray.
  2. If you want to double up on the layer of saltines, increase the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla by 50% to ensure good coverage of the crackers.

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