Easy to Make Christmas Saltine Bark + Holiday Party Favor DIY

Can you believe we are less than four days away from Christmas! My Christmas shopping is done, and now I am doing some last-minute DIY for all of our Christmas celebrations we are attending this week. If you saw my Snapchat yesterday, then you might have gotten a little sneak peek at today’s post. One thing I love about Christmas is all the goodies! So today I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas treat recipe and a fun simple way to package it  for the perfect party favor or hostess gift for all of your holiday celebration. This easy to make Christmas Saltine Bark will be a hit with all your friends, family, and party guest this year! And the best part is it is super easy to make!

This delicious Christmas bark was a recipe passed down by one of my best friends Rachel. She brought this amazing recipe all the way from up north Pennsylvania to the great state of Texas a couple of years back when she was living down here. I remember the first time she brought this to work and I was hooked! So when I asked her for the recipe I was surprised how easy it was to make. I knew I wanted to make it this year for my family for Christmas. With it being so busy around this year this would be the easiest, and not to mention most addictive treat ever, hence why we also call it “cracker crack.”  Trust me when you make it, you will see why. Below is the recipe:

Easy to Make Christmas Saltine Bark aka “Cracker Crack”


1 sheet of aluminum foil

1-1 1/2 sleeves of saltines (depending on cookie sheet size)

1-2 sticks of butter (depending on cookie sheet size)

2 cups of sugar

1- 1 1/2 bags of semi sweet chocolate chips.

1 package of Peppermints and/or  M&M’s


1. Lay down aluminum foil.

2. Lay out saltines salt side up to cover the entire sheet (may have to cut some in half to fit all in tray)

3. Melt butter and sugar together on medium heat until it isn’t lumpy and it’s pretty smooth. (Don’t do this for too long of it will burn and you’ll have to start over!)

4. Pour butter/sugar mixture over crackers slowly covering the entire tray carefully without moving the crackers.

5. Bake for 5-6 mins.

6. When finished baking, pour the chocolate chips over top of butter/sugar/crackers put back in over for about 10- 15 second  for soften chips. (Don’t leave in too long!!)

7. Once soft spread chocolate chips out carefully trying not to pull crackers apart.

8. Sprinkle peppermint pieces or M&M’s over the chocolate

9. freeze the tray for 1-2 hours.

10. Cut…& ENJOY!!!

One think I love about this recipe is it makes the perfect holiday favor for guest to take home, or as a nice gift for teachers, coworkers, or family. I found all of this packaging from the Dollar Store.

There’s no better party favor combination than pairing these sweet treats with this amazing homemade hot cocoa recipe. I found this recipe from my dear friend Shelbi’s blog It’s All Chic To Me. This hot cocoa mix is perfect for packaging in these adorable mason jars. You can personalize these mason jars with your own label and engraving here.


I hope you enjoyed this Easy to Make Christmas Saltine Bark recipe and holiday party DIY tutorial. Make sure to check out my Pinterest round-up of 6 Pinterest Worthy Healthy Holiday Treats. For more make sure your following my Pinterest and subscribe to my blog for weekly newsletters. What are some of your favorite treats for Christmas? Comment below I would love to know!

<3 Dawn

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  • Reply yvette putter

    This is exactly what i was hoping to make as gifts for my kids’ teachers today! Awesome.

    December 21, 2016 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      You will love it and it’s so easy!

      December 22, 2016 at 12:00 am
  • Reply Amanda

    These look absolutely delicious! I will be making that bark for sure this holiday season. Thanks for the recipe!

    xo, Amanda

    December 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      They really are!?

      December 22, 2016 at 12:00 am
  • Reply @sbigley

    Those look so yummy!

    xx Sam | The Heart of the House

    December 21, 2016 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Lacey

    That looks so good! I might need to whip that up for Christmas day!



    December 21, 2016 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Jessica Lynn

    You had me at “easy!” And anything salty and sweet is a-okay in my book. YUM!

    December 21, 2016 at 11:56 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      It really is easy!?

      December 21, 2016 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply brittanyputman15

    Beautiful! We use to make Saltine candy with butterscotch when I was little. It’s so good!

    December 22, 2016 at 1:49 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you!?

      December 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Samantha Kuzyk

    That Christmas bark looks so delicious! And easy to make! and definitely a great treat for guests!

    December 22, 2016 at 2:05 am
  • Reply larissa

    Cute idea!

    xo, L

    December 22, 2016 at 5:42 am
  • Reply Shelby

    Oh my gosh, this sounds so delicious. I used to eat saltines all the time when I was a kid but I never thought about putting chocolate on them. Definitely will need to try this recipe out!!

    xo, Shelby

    December 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply bylaurenm

    That looks so delicious! I love the way you packaged it as well!

    By Lauren M

    December 22, 2016 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks Lauren!

      December 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Oh my goodness – I might have to make a batch of these today! They look so good!


    Lauren |

    December 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you!?

      December 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply audreymadisonstowe

    I’ve gotta make this girl!!! Looks so yummy! Especially with that hot chocolate

    December 23, 2016 at 1:18 am
  • Reply Alice

    Dawn you are a gal of many talents!! This recipe looks FABULOUS!

    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

    December 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Candace

    I’m defintely going to try this next year!! Thanks for sharing.



    December 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm
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