Mom’s Famous Graham Cracker Treats

December 12, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

Ever since we were little, one of the most desired desserts in our family has been my mom’s graham cracker treats. Yes, that is their official name! It’s probably the easiest thing my mom makes, but it is considered a special treat when mom makes them. You also have to grab ’em quick because they don’t last long.

I made them this week for my friend, Colleen’s Holiday Treat party but these nuggets of awesomeness are good year-round!

Graham Cracker Treats

My mom actually suggested I share this recipe with you and I was shocked. I was also unsure whether or not I wanted to share this family secret…but that’s how much I love you. So here’s the recipe, along with my mom’s tips for toffee success.


  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
  • 13 graham Crackers
  • 6 – 8 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips


First, I measured out all my ingredients, including the chocolate chips. This was important because once the toffee was made, I had to work quick!

Then, my little assistant, Izzie put a layer of graham crackers on the bottom of a jelly roll pan. My mom uses a 10×15 cake pan but the jelly roll pan held about the same amount of graham crackers.

After the graham crackers were in place (leaving a few extras for the girls to munch on), I melted the butter over medium heat and added the brown sugar, stirring constantly.

After the toffee mixture turned frothy (bubbly and light in color), I continued to cook and stir it for a couple more minutes.

I have made graham cracker treats many times and often I stop cooking the toffee too soon and the toffee turns out semi-soft, not crunchy. Mom says you gotta keep cooking and stirring the toffee almost until you think its gonna burn.

Once I cooked the toffee long enough, I quickly poured the mixture over the graham crackers and spread it evenly using a knife. It cooled fast so I had to work fast!

After the toffee was spread, I immediately sprinkled the chocolate chips over the graham crackers and toffee. I used mini chips because that was all I had, but Mom uses the regular kind.

I then popped the graham cracker treats in the oven on low broil for a minute to help the chocolate chips melt. Once the chocolate chips looked a little shiny, I spread the melted chocolate evenly over the graham crackers and toffee using a knife.

I put the graham crackers treats in the freezer for an hour or two because I have an extra freezer in the basement. My mom puts hers in the fridge.

After they were frozen through, I broke them apart with my hands, perhaps taste testing along to way…you know, to make sure they were safe for others.

Finally, I put them in the freezer, out of sight so I would stop eating them.

They really are best right out of the freezer, but you can really eat them at any temperature!

What do you think? What are your family’s treasured desserts?

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20 Responses
  1. Mary Sue Paulis says:

    Very good directions! The only trick is cooking the toffee the right amount of time.

  2. Ok, I was already going to make plain toffee this weekend, but now I’m totally making these instead.

  3. cbadaracco says:

    Oh these look fantastic and super easy! I would just have to get graham crackers to make this…hmm. I just might have to give it a try!

  4. Blondeerin79 says:

    You’re giving away family secrets! For shame- For shame!

    Just a hint… I have found that the toffee gets a little darker when it’s ready and make sure you stand there with it the whole time stirring! Don’t walk away!

    We take these to school functions all the time. They are so easy and they always disappear quick!

  5. megan says:

    This looks fantastic, Jocie! I am going to have to pin this and try it out soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jocie says:

      Hey Megan, This is very similar to what I made that night you came over, but that one used pretzels plus extra salt. I like this recipe better for sure! 🙂

  6. trebor says:

    Yum! My mom makes basically the same thing except with Saltines. We call them “floating soda cracker bars.” We’ve never eaten them out of the freezer though…interesting

  7. paintergal says:

    I’ve seen this recipe using saltines, instead of grahams, too. Totally need to try these! Any easy, good recipe is a winner in my book!

  8. I am going to get the ingredients tomorrow! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Is that a Pampered Chef Bar Pan? I’m a consultant with Pampered Chef and
    { L O V E } it!

  9. Julianne says:

    I love looks so simple that I could do it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Marti says:

    This looks so yum! I could eat the whole thing! LOL I would love for you to share it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase. I’m your newest follower, too!

    Happy Holidays,

  11. cbadaracco says:

    Soooo…my mom and I made these yesterday. Can you say addicting? These are amazing and so simple to make!!!

  12. Winnie says:

    Jocie these are definitely look GREAT
    I’d love to try it very soon

  13. Denise says:


    I finally decided today was the day to make this yummy looking treat. Have mercy!!! I have no idea what I was waiting on 🙂 Not only was it super easy to make it is also SUPER DELICIOUS!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe.

  14. mom2kaelyn says:

    Such an easy treat! What excuse can I find to make these? Aw, who am I kidding?! These are being made ASAP. I love that I typically have all of the ingredients on-hand too.

  15. octavia henry says:

    the chocolate chips wont melt.

  16. MiniDee16 says:

    yummy and simple enough to make

  17. Kristin says:

    These are amazing!! I made them last year, put them in tins and gave them out as teacher gifts. Everyone loved them!!

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