Crack Cookies

Salty caramel deliciousness.

In high school, the mother of one of my teammates used to makes these incredible cookies that we would scarf down on the bus ride home. They were so addictive. So I was psyched when I came across a recipe online a few years ago. The original recipe (and the one Mrs. M made) calls for saltines as a base and that’s how I’ve been making them for the past few years. However, I was about to get rid of some pretzels that we’ve had sitting around forever when I had the idea to substitute them into the recipe instead of saltines. I was so excited to try that and was all set to make them for a Bachelorette finale girl date (yes, I watch the Bachelorette– sue me) with a friend from high school when Ben said he wasn’t ready to try the recipe with pretzels and wanted the saltines instead. So, I decided to compromise a little and make it half pretzel and half saltines and make everyone happy! Be forewarned: once you make these and share them you’ll constantly be asked to bring them to events.

Here’s what you need: 

  • Pretzels or saltine crackers (make sure you get salted ones)
  • 1 cup margarine or unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips

Here’s what to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then lay out crackers/pretzels so their edges are touching (see picture bel0w).
  3. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for 3ish minutes, until it’s caramel colored. Stir continuously.
  4. After 3 minutes, pour the butter/sugar mixture over the crackers and spread it out so that all the crackers are covered.
  5. Put in the oven for 7 minutes.
  6. When it’s done, remove from the oven and put the chocolate chips on top. The cracker/butter/sugar concoction will be hot enough that it will melt the chocolate so you just need to spread it so it covers the whole base. I’d suggest using a plastic scraper sprayed with PAM or greased in whichever way you prefer.
  7. If you want to get fancy/festive, you can sprinkle nuts, sprinkles or whatever your topping of choice is to spice it up a bit.
  8. Let cool (if you’re in a rush, put the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer) and break into pieces.
  9. Keep in the fridge (or on a ski team bus in Maine…) until you can enjoy them.

How to lay out your pretzels/saltines

Before the butter & brown sugar starts to boil.

While the caramel is boiling. Make sure you stir a lot so that it doesn’t burn.

Spread out your mixture. It’s okay if some of the pretzels or saltines get dislodged.

After it comes out of the oven– notice how bubbly the caramel is, this is normal!

Spread out the chocolate. It might take few seconds to melt. If you’d prefer, you can zap the chocolate chips in the microwave for a minute (but this will give you another dish to do so I don’t recommend it.)

Let cool before you devour.


Enjoy! If you can think of any other good salty bases let me know and I can try them out.

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