Nothing screams holiday time, like this epic sweet and salty "cookie" recipe. It's seriously addicting, and it makes a great homemade gift.

It's super simple to make and it will be ready before you know it. 

My memories of making this with my mom as a child go something like this: I would place the tray into our second freezer in the garage, and then I would sit at the kitchen counter and wait for the giant "cookie" to be chilled enough to break into pieces and eat. I would hop off the bar stool every five minutes and go stick my finger in the chocolate to test for readiness. It always seemed like it took forever to completely chill, but then again I was blatantly hindering its chilling process by opening up the freezer door and letting a blast of cold air escape from the freezer every 5 minutes. At least I knew the moment it was ready to eat, right!?

You really never can go wrong with something that's sweet and salty. 

Sweet and Salty Treat

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:30 mins
  • Servings:0
  • Easy


  • 2 sleeves Saltine crackers approximately
  • 2 sticks salted butter or 1 cup
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 small bag dark chocolate chips 60% cacao or higher
  • Sea salt optional
  • Raw cacao nibs optional
  • Unsweetened dried cherries optional
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  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a cookie sheet (with lipped edges) with tin foil or parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    Lay down as many saltine crackers as you can fit on the cookie sheet.

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  • Step 3

    In a pot, bring the butter and sugar to a boil, and then pour the mixture over the saltine crackers. Use a silicone spatula to spread out the mixture as even as possible.

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  • Step 4

    Pop the cookie sheet in the oven for 3-5 minutes, just until bubbly.

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  • Step 5

    Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and sprinkle the saltine crackers with chocolate chips. You will see the chocolate chips begin to melt, and then you will spread them all over the saltine crackers with a silicone spatula, until there is a an even layer of chocolate.

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  • Step 6

    Add whatever toppings you would like, raw cacao nibs and sea salt is a great combo. Sea salt and unsweetened dried cherries is a yummy combo too. Honestly just get creative, or keep it plain jane.

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  • Step 7

    Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 20ish minutes or until thoroughly cold. Break up into pieces and share the goodness with all your homies.

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