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Toffee Graham Crack Bars

If you’ve never had Toffee Graham Crack Bars, you haven’t truly lived! They are a crunchy, sweet, caramely, nutty little treat! Bring these to a party and you will definitely be bombarded for the recipe!

Last Christmas, my neighbor brought over a box of yummy treats for my family to enjoy…super thoughtful! I opened the box and BEHOLD, I laid eyes upon these little toffee graham cracker thingies (I didn’t know what they were called). I had never seen or tried Toffee Graham Crack Bars before but I ate one and I was hooked! Confession: I ate every single one and my husband (or kids) never even got to try one. That was just me being helpful though :). I didn’t want them to get addicted like I was! So I set out on a search to find out what these were and apparently everyone knew about them but me! I guess everyone keeps this little addiction to themselves too. So I will be nice and share these Toffee Graham Crack bars with you…but you have been warned!

Here’s what you need to make the Toffee Graham Crack Bars:

  • butter (that’s 2 and a half sticks)
  • brown sugar
  • chopped pecans
  • vanilla extract
  •  Graham crackers

(See recipe card below for exact measurements)


First pre-heat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. If you don’t do this, you will be cleaning crusted sugary goop later on and no one wants to do that when you could be sitting around eating your Toffee Graham Crack Bars instead.

Then line your baking sheet with your graham crackers. I have THESE large baking sheets. They’re great because  I don’t have to make so many batches since they’re so large. I fit all of the graham crackers on the sheet except for 3 so I just gave those to my kids to eat!Toffee Graham Crack, graham cracker bars, toffee graham bars, pecan graham crackers, caramel graham crack, coco and ash, dessert, easy dessert recipe, holiday dessert

Then go ahead and chop your pecans so you aren’t panicking later while your butter is hot.

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In a small pot melt your butter on medium heat. Once your butter is melted, add in your brown sugar. I have this super awesome spatula that I wanted to share with you but I can’t find it anymore. I searched and found THIS ONE that also has measurements conversions on it 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy!

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Stir your butter and sugar over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Once it’s bubbling, stir it for about 2 more minutes.

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After it’s been bubbling for 2 minutes, remove it from the heat and add in your vanilla extract and chopped pecans and stir it together. Then very carefully, pour your mixture over your graham crackers. Toffee Graham Crack, graham cracker bars, toffee graham bars, pecan graham crackers, caramel graham crack, coco and ash, dessert, easy dessert recipe, holiday dessert

Carefully spread the mixture over your graham crackers. It’s ok if it’s not perfect. The mixture will spread a little bit in the oven.

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Bake in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes (12 if you like it a little crispier). You should see the sugar start to bubble in the oven. Take them out of the oven and cut them when they are still warm. You can cut them along the graham cracker lines or you can just cut them like a crazy person like I did!

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Let the Toffee Graham Crack Bars cool and enjoy! I like to snack on them for a sweet little treat after dinner or if I’m feeling REALLY adventurous I’ll serve myself some vanilla ice cream and crumble some of these over the top and drizzle with caramel sauce…but I know you would never do something so sinful 😉

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Toffee Graham Crack Bars

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup and 1/4 butter that's 2 and a half sticks
  • 1 cup and 1/4 of brown sugar light or dark - whatever you have is fine
  • 3 cups of chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box of Graham crackers (14.4 ounces)

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat and arrange your graham crackers on a single layer covering the entire baking sheet.
  • In a small pot, melt your butter over medium heat.
  • Once butter is melted, add in the brown sugar.
  • Stir the brown sugar/butter until it begins to bubble.
  • Once it starts bubbling continue to stir for 2 minutes.
  • After the 2 minutes, remove from heat and add in your chopped pecans and vanilla extract.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Pour butter mixture over your graham crackers and spread out in a thin even layer.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. (You should see the sugar start to bubble up on the crackers. That's how you'll know it's done. If it hasn't bubbled, leave in the oven for a few more minutes)
  • Cut the crackers in manageable pieces of your choice while they are still warm.
  • Let cool and enjoy!
  • (Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days)
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment!

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    Deby M
    September 14, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Just a quick question, did you roast the pecans before chopping them?

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      Coco and Ash
      September 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      I do not roast them before I chop them 🙂 They get a warmed in the oven while the bars bake and it brings out the flavor 🙂

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    LINDA YATES
    September 29, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    These are amazing. Use to make them yrs ago and give them away at Christmas time. Forgot all about them due to the fact that I lost the recipe. Thanks so much !!!! Like you I always ate too many of them. I feel I will be repeating that addiction. YUMMY ?

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      Coco and Ash
      September 30, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you!!! Good luck to you and your willpower lol. Hopefully it’s better than mine 🙂

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    Amanda
    December 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    What is the best type of graham crackers to use/

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      Coco and Ash
      December 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Amanda! I just use the regular honey maid ones. Either the honey or cinnamon flavor works fine 🙂

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        Amanda
        December 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

        Would unsalted butter be ok you think?

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          Coco and Ash
          December 8, 2016 at 7:04 pm

          If that’s what you have then go for it! They will still be great 🙂 you can always add a little dash of salt to the butter if you’d like too!

          • Michelle
            December 12, 2022 at 12:23 pm

            My family recipe of this actually calls for 2 sticks unsalted butter. However I just use what I have . I couldn’t find my vanilla so I used skinny syrups pumpkin spice. We shall see how it turns out. Also didn’t have real butter so used part calcium country crock 35%vegetable oil part coconut almond butter

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      Tory
      October 1, 2022 at 10:11 am

      Nabisco Honey Grahams is what I use.

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    connie
    December 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you for posting an oldie that I’d forgotten about. A coworker brought these in about 25 yrs ago and gave me the recipe. I made them once and somehow…forgot about them! I’ll be adding the ingredients to my shopping list foe holiday treats this year. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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      Coco and Ash
      December 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Yes!! They are a long forgotten recipe but they are making a come back lol. I hope you enjoy them!!!

      • Reply
        Wanda
        December 27, 2023 at 9:03 pm

        I don’t cook with butter since I am vegan, but most margarines and plant based butters are mostly water. Do you think this will still work with vegan butter?

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          Coco and Ash
          December 27, 2023 at 9:05 pm

          Hi Wanda, I have never made this with vegan butter nor have I ever cooked with vegan butter so I can’t say for sure. Let me know if you try it!

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    Bernice
    April 28, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I have made these a few times. I prefer sweet treats that are also a little salty like when you put candy in your popcorn at the movies. As soon as they come out of the oven I give them a light sprinkling of sea salt.

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    Jeff
    October 18, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    This is what I was looking for! I have a very similar old family recipe. The issue is that it seems to have old school prep methods for lack of better words. It says to use foil, but so much just seems to stick to that. Parchment paper sounds a lot better. Plus, I really like the idea of mixing the nuts into the boiled toffee, as well as adding vanilla. Next time I do this, I plan to improve mine with yours!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      October 22, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you! Please let me know when you get to try it!

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        Cindy Edwards
        March 18, 2024 at 4:11 pm

        I love these! Easy to make and delicious!!!

  • Reply
    Kelly
    November 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    do you pack the brown sugar or just spoon it into the measuring cup?? I think I messed up my test batch

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      November 26, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Pack it in. But it’s a pretty forgiving recipe. I don’t think spooning it in would ruin it.

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    Nova
    December 15, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    This tasted amazing but I think I did something wrong. Mine came out soft and never got crunchy. I went and baked them longer than the 12 minutes suggested hoping they would get a little crispier but it didn’t happen. What did I do?

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      Coco and Ash
      December 16, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Sugar does different things at different temperatures so if you cook it for the 12 minutes, it should come out fine!

  • Reply
    Elena
    December 16, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Hi! My friend brought me these the other day an I loved it! Although I’m not a big fan of graham crackers. I wanted to try this with a shortbread base, do you think that would work?

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      December 20, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      I’ve never tried that so I can’t say. But I know saltines woke well 🙂

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    Lisa A
    December 20, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Can I make ahead to save for Christmas?

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      Coco and Ash
      December 20, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      It’s only a few days away so that should be fine 🙂 just store in an airtight container

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    Samantha Khonaisser
    March 20, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Hi. I’ve made it many times and it worked everytime. The last few times the brown sugar didn’t take to the butter and it’s separated as I’m boiling it. What am I doing wrong? I’ve done the exact same thing as before but lately it’s just not working out for me.

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      Coco and Ash
      March 23, 2021 at 10:27 am

      I’m not sure why it would change for you. Could it be a different butter or maybe some water got in the pan?? Sorry!

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    Danielle
    June 10, 2021 at 6:06 am

    Fever dream cookies! My mom used to make these all the time as a kid and eventually I think phased them out because I asked for them so often and the recipe was lost. Instead of pecans we always used pre sliced almonds.

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    Annie Lauri
    December 8, 2021 at 10:25 am

    I have a question, when I make the Graham cracker toffee I let it cool and the topping separates from the Graham cracker. Not sure what I’m doing wrong

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      Coco and Ash
      December 9, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Hmmm…that’s never happened to me. Did you make the recipe exactly as it’s written or did you have any adjustments?

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    Christine Boehland
    December 11, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Amazing- my new found favorite bars. Like pecan pie- but better. I also put a splash of bourbon when I put the vanilla in.
    Thank you!

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      Coco and Ash
      December 15, 2021 at 11:49 am

      Thank you! Love your addition of the bourbon too!

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    Cyndi
    December 22, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Love these!! Thanks for sharing…I made a couple of changes..I did not mix the pecans into the syrup, sprinkled them on top so they would be crunchy and a little smoky. Also, I sprinkled some sea salt over them before baking.

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    Mary Lou Johnson
    June 22, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for the recipes. This treat is very delicious. I am visiting my kids in Australia and they don’t have graha m crackers, so I am going to try an Arnott plain cookie, I sure hope it’s as good. I will keep you posted.

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    Deborah
    November 20, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    I felt like I didn’t have enough of the toffee mixture to cover all the graham crackers in a single box. I would like to increase the butter and brown sugar to have more toffee but don’t know what ratio I would use? Thank you!

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    Sarita
    December 10, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Excellent! I’ve tried a version of these with saltines but when my local bakery first started selling the graham cracker version I was even more in love. This pretty much replicates them exactly. i didn’t know what size baking pans to use so just guessed with a few, and ended up leaving about 4-5 long graham crackers. The toffee layer was just slightly thicker as a result but I liked it a lot so I might do it again next time, just keep it an extra minute or so in the oven. And I realized at the last minute we were out of parchment, but I buttered the pans well and there was no issue. Finally, I drizzled some melted chocolate over the top with a sprinkling of salt for the final touch. A keeper!

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    Georgia Mountain
    January 5, 2024 at 12:09 am

    I lost this recipe 15 years ago and have been looking for it. Thanks to your website it’s exactly what I was searching for all this time. I made a batch for Christmas and shared a few with a couple of neighbors, but my husband and I ate the rest. I want to make another batch because they are delicious and easy, but I am afraid we’ll eat the whole batch again. My birthday’s coming up, so I might make them instead of a bakery cake! Graham crackers are healthy, right?

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    Mindy Klehr
    March 15, 2024 at 9:20 am

    These are the best! Most of the time my pan only fits 3 packages of Graham crackers. I still follow the recipe as is. Last night I only had 2 packages and still followed the recipe and it turned out perfect. Love this recipe!

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    Sarah Farthing
    March 29, 2024 at 7:42 pm

    I too felt I needed a small bit more of butter/ brown sugar. I cooked up another small batch using 1:1 ratio. Was glad I did- they are delish ! Also added a minute sprinkle of sea salt after baking. Yummy !

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    Denise E Caldarea
    May 20, 2024 at 9:19 am

    This recipe is delicious! I’ve been making it but substitute Heath English Toffee Bits as we have family members who can’t eat nuts. I sprinkle on approx. half bag of Heath English Toffee Bits after the graham crackers come out of the oven. The chocolate on them melts a little which adds to the flavor of the already delicious graham crackers.

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      Coco and Ash
      May 20, 2024 at 9:23 am

      Thank you! I might need to try it with the heath! 🙂

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    Mary Grain
    June 25, 2024 at 6:51 pm

    What size pan did you use?

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