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Matzo Crack AKA Matzo Toffee

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If you find the classic English toffee hard to resist and daunting to make from scratch, try this Matzo Crack AKA Matzo Toffee!!

This Easy Toffee Recipe is a Passover Classic dessert, but a yummy treat for any holiday!

Matzo Crack on a square white plate with raspberries

Matzo Crack

I’d been super curious about all the peusdo-toffee recipes I’ve seen over the years. Some are made with graham crackers, others with saltines. As a huge toffee fanatic, I wasn’t certain I wanted to find an easy way to have a batch of toffee at my disposal.

When toffee is in the house, all my will power flies out the window! But I had some friends coming over, so I found an excuse to make my own Matzo Crack. I tested this easy toffee recipe earlier this month  as Passover was approaching and there were plenty of boxes of matzos on the grocery store shelves.

Overhead view of a bowl and plateful of Matzo Crack

A Super Easy Toffee Treat

Well, this was easy as could be. No candy thermometer necessary for a decadent, toffee-like treat. Now I’m dying to try it with graham crackers. I can see why this was dubbed matzo crack; it’s totally addictive!!!

For another twist on this recipe, my friend, Betsy, of Desserts Required, shared her Coconut Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crunch.


Matzo Crack AKA Matzo Toffee

Matzo Crack AKA Matzo Toffee

A delectable toffee treat made with matzos! Recipe adapted from Marcy Goldman's Caramel Matzoh Crunch, Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 18


  • 4-5 matzos
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 12 ounces (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1+ cup chopped, toasted pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then top with a sheet of parchment paper. Cover surface with a single layer of matzos, breaking as needed to fit. Set aside.
  2. Combine butter and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat till it comes to a boil, then continue to stir and boil for 3 more minutes.
  3. Carefully pour hot mixture over matzos and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or till caramel mixture is bubbling. Remove from oven and evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips. Wait about 5 minutes for chocolate to melt, then smooth over surface and sprinkle with pecans.
  5. Refrigerate till chocolate is firm, about 45 minutes. Using parchment, remove toffee from pan to large cutting board and cut into bite sized pieces. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Total time: 1 1/2 hours

Yield: approximately 3 dozen pieces depending on size

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 pieces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 6mg Carbohydrates: 32g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 25g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g


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43 comments on “Matzo Crack AKA Matzo Toffee”

  1. Sounds like a nice easy treat:@)

  2. I love toffee and this matzo version sounds fantastic!

  3. Talk about a wonderful surprise! I stopped by to see what my friend, Liz, was up to and when I saw your picture thought, “Yum, one of my favorite noshes.” Then I read further and thought, “WOW, That Skinny Chick Can Bake is the best!”

    Thank you so very much!!!! I have to give it a try with graham crackers, too.

  4. Yum – I’ve made something similar with Breton crackers too. Your’s look perfect!

  5. Lizzy , the name itself sounds wonderful 😀 For sure , these treats are as delicious as it looks !

  6. Looks gorgeous and so simple! Pinning!
    Have a beautiful Monday!

  7. I’ve done this with Saltines and agree with you, it’s dangerous to have in the house. I was disinclined to share. 🙂

  8. Well, this is very dangerous since I have a box of leftover matzo from Passover… 😉

  9. Saw this earlier today on G+, it looks so wonderful Liz. I’ve made the variety with graham crackers and being, like you, a toffee nut, I had to give it away to get it out of the house. I know your company loved it!!

  10. These look fantastic. They don’t last long though….. 🙂
    Once you start eating them you can’t stop

  11. Liz, we both adore toffee and these look nice and crunchy! What a fabulous idea to use Matzo 🙂

  12. I’m a toffee addict too, what an addictive treat!

  13. Darling, what are Matzos? Sounds delish by the way!

  14. Using a candy thermometer is almost as intimidating as working with yeast. Thank goodness this doesn’t require one.

  15. How creative and scrumptious, Liz! I love easy and tasty treats such as this one.

  16. This is one of my families favorite treats…I make mine with saltines! Love the name…Matza Crack…perfect!

  17. I’ve never seen this type of recipe before, it’s very interesting to use matzo. I does look very tasty. It’s brutally cold again and we’re expecting rain over the next few days. A treat like this would be a lovely puck-me-up,

  18. That sounds like something that would be dangerous to have around at my place too! Looks delicious!

  19. I take your word for it that this is addicting but I think I want to see for myself. 🙂

  20. Lizzy,
    This matzo crack looks delicious. I’m sure it was a hit. I have to get a lot the recipes I make out of the house fast too.

  21. Glad you like it Liz. I’ve been making it for years. It is also good with saltines, which is what I do during December holidays.

  22. Yumm! I too am a fan of toffee! Looks fabulous!

  23. That does look highly addictive. Now…not only can we not buy sweetened coconut here, we also can’t buy Graham crackers! I’m beginning to worry about what I’m missing out on. Must plan a trip to the US! xx

  24. Crack, crack, crack and that matzo is gone! 🙂 ela

  25. I applaud your self-restraint Liz. You actually cut up the matzo toffee crack and photographed them before diving in! The do indeed look very addictive =)

  26. Love the fact that there is no thermometre involved in making this. That kind of thing scares me a bit! Looks like it turned out really well. Would make a great gift!

  27. These wouldn’t last long in our house. My..they look so tempting!

  28. I make this during the holidays a lot because it goes fast! Great idea using matzo!

  29. You are really making me want to break out the candy thermometer with all the toffee recipes. Very cool idea with matzo!. never bought some till. Funny last 4-5 blogs are not showing up on Bloglovin???

  30. Looks amazing! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  31. My coworker’s wife made something very similar at Christmas time (she used a saltine cracker base) and gave me a tin. I inhaled every piece in that tin within an hour. I can just imagine how delicious and addictive this tastes, Liz! It looks lovely too.

  32. I saw these on the Shiksa Blog and wanted to make them. They sound so good. Glad to know they are. I’ll have to remember these for next Passover.

  33. Wow this is super creative! What a fun use for matzo!!!

  34. I love toffee and this one sounds lovely and looks very addictive 😀

  35. Chocolate gives me a migraine, and every time I read and see your beautiful desserts I’m ready to dive into whatever your serving, even if the result would be a migraine. This looks like a fun recipe to make with family or at the holidays.

  36. I’ve made these several times for several events & I LOOOoooooove!

    Liz, you rockkk. xx

  37. I too am a huge toffee fan. Whenever I see anything toffee I know I want it. These look delicious!

  38. So it occurs to me that someone might still have some of this around the time of blogher food, and if someone did have some left then someone should bring some so she could share with someone else, and by someone else I mean me.

  39. Oddly enough, I’ve never had a matzo cracker, but heck… cover it with deliciousness and I’m bound to try it and love it! 🙂

  40. Love the sweet and salty combo! did you use unsalted or salted matzo crackers? I am craving chocolate right now and this post is so tempting to start making toffee at 11pm… Take care, BAM

  41. I’ve made something similar with saltines – so amazingly addictive, and a great way to use up any leftover matzo.

  42. Anything with the word crack in it instantly means, ‘make this’ to me. It looks delicious.

  43. omigoshhhh this looks CRAZY delish and addictive!

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