Nut-Cracker Sweets

I've mentioned before that our oldest son enjoyed baking when he was younger. This recipe is one he used to prepare from a children's cookbook that he received as a gift when he was seven-years old.

Currently there's a soda cracker variation of this recipe going viral around the internet. That version is topped with chocolate; this version is not. Trust me, the chocoholic, it's wonderfully sweet and delicious even without. And a bit less messy.

Supervise your children well when they make this as they'll be working with very hot syrup.

Here's the recipe:

Nut-Cracker Sweets

Equipment: Measuring cups, aluminum foil, 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan/cookie sheet, small saucepan, wooden spoon, hot pads, cooling rack

1/3 cup margarine or butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
12 graham crackers
2/3 cup chopped nut topping (choose your favorite nuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan/cookie sheet with foil. Arrange the graham crackers side by side on the cookie sheet.

Put the margarine or butter in the saucepan. Put the pan on the burner; turn on heat to low. Heat until the margarine melts. Remove the melted butter from the heat and, using the wooden spoon, stir in the brown sugar. Mix well then spoon the brown sugar mixture over the graham crackers. Sprinkle the nut topping over the top.

Put the baking pan in the oven. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or till the topping is bubbly. Using pot holders, carefully remove the pan from the oven and place on the cooling rack. When the crackers are cool, break each one into four pieces along the lines in the crackers. 

Store your nut-cracker sweets in a tightly covered container. Makes 48.

The cookbook this recipe came from is the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book, the 1989 version. We've prepared several recipes from this cookbook, including the one above which, as the name implies, is perfect for this time of year!

This recipe isn't in the current version of the cookbook, but the new book does include many other delicious-sounding recipes, all presented in detailed style to help children learn to cook step by step. If you have a child in your life, consider the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book an investment in their future. A copy makes a thoughtful, perfect birthday or Christmas gift! Here's the most recent (2012) version.

Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook - Great gift idea for kids who like to cook!
Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook for Kids

Originally published 11/28/06. Updated 8/24/16.


  1. This recipe looks so yummy. I think I will try it out with my oldest daughter. She will loving doing this. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!! I used to have this cookbook, let someone borrow it and never got it back! I wanted to make this pasticular recipe this Christmas. I probably could make it from memory, but happen to come across your recipe so I can make sure of the recipe! One day I plan to such on ebay for the book and buy it. The newest edition does not have this recipe!
    Thank you,
    Dawn Lopez

  3. Dawn, I'm so glad you found the recipe! Thanks for letting me know. That made me feel really good. Have a wonderful Christmas!



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