The Country Cook: Homemade Kit Kat Bars
                                                   

Monday, September 3, 2012

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

I'm gonna start off this post by saying I love recipes like this next one I'm going to share with you.  Mainly because they remind me so much of my childhood. These types of bars were so popular at get-togethers. Now, I will go on record to say these are not an exact replica of Kit Kat Bars.  In fact, they don't look anything like a kit kat bar, do they?  But the concept is the same. You've got crunchy layers with a chocolate coating.  That is really the similarity.  This uses crackers instead of a thin wafer and it's got peanut butter instead of just all chocolate.  But y'all get what I'm saying with this.  We love these little bars and one pan will feed a crowd.  They are a little crunchy, a little chocolate & peanut butter-y and all good!  You just can't go wrong with these and folks just gobble them up.
Ingredients:
72 club crackers
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions:
Line an ungreased 9x13 baking dish with a layer of club crackers. 
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, milk and sugar. Bring to a gentle boil, and boil for 5 minutes. Make sure to stir constantly so it doesn't burn to the bottom of your sauce pan.
 Remove from heat and spread half the butter mixture evenly over crackers.
 Do your best to spread it out evenly.
Top with another layer of crackers. Then spread the other half of the butter mixture on top. Then a final layer of crackers on top of that.
In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter and chocolate chips. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until completely melted and blended.
 Spread evenly over top layer of crackers.
Cover with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge for an hour or two. You want that top chocolate layer to really cool down and firm up.
Once it is completely cooled, slice into small squares. You should be able to get about 2 1/2 dozen from this pan.
Special thank you to Country Cook reader, Linda Dixon for sharing a special cookbook with me that contains loads of recipes shared by Proud Navy Moms.  It's where I got this nostalgic recipe (that I only slightly modified) and it was shared by proud Navy Mom, Michele Stauffenecker of Duluth, MN (Mom to Jason).

30 comments :

  1. How good do these look!?! I've always loved KitKat, but I've never seen homemade ones!! What a delicious idea with a cold glass of milk. It looks like you have a good helper there, too! :)
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  2. Oh Honey Child! I'm wiping the drool off my chin and keyboard too! These look fabulously perfect. I've eaten them at parties and think I've only made them 2 times. Oh so delicious! Thanks for the reminder of this awesome treat.

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  3. They look like fun to make, for sure, but the niceest part is having a cute little baker's helper (: Might have to have my minions help me make these...

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  4. My grandma used to make these all the time when I was little, but with Saltines. SOOOOO good! Now I've got me a hankerin for these bars and her bean sprout casserole! <3 you Grandma!

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  5. Mr. Picky-eater's favorite candy is Kit-Kat so these will be a home run at this house! Can't wait to make them!! Thank you for the recipe.

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  6. This version, minus the cracker part, reminds me of a good ol' Nutty Buddy Bar. Yum!

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  7. I love that you put your child to work in the kitchen! I'm sure he loves spending time with Mom in the kitchen. These bars look YUMMO!

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  8. This made my mouth water! Definitely going on the "To Try" list.

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  9. Thanks, Brandie! Another great recipe! And thanks for adding a picture to the printable recipe.

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  10. The Kit Kat Bars look delicious. Can't wait to try them. My grandchildren are here and one of my grandsons just told me this week that Kit Kats are his favorite, Blessings,Jo-Ann

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  11. What a fun recipe to make with kids!!! It looks delicious, and I bet every bite brought back fun memories:-) I have to share this with my mom, she is going to love it! :-) Take care, Terra

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  12. These are just wonderful looking!
    And seem like fun to make :)

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  13. Made these this morning and they are fabulous! VERY easy and the taste is scrumptious. I had to refrigerate mine for 4 solid hours before the top chocolate layer was firm enough -- but they were well worth the wait. Thx for sharing.

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  14. These looked so good and easy that I couldn't wait to try the recipe. I made them keeping a vegan friend in mind. I substituted in coconut milk, margarine(she is willing to eat margarine) and carob chips. The recipe turned out great! Can hardly wait for her to try them, yum! I love your site, thanks for sharing :)

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  15. Awesome recipe, my kids loved it! Very easy to make, thanks for sharing oh and p.s. I LOVE kit kats, pretty darn close to the sensation of one!

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  16. I made these this morning! So delish - and they actually taste like a Kit-Kat ... which really is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to me. :)

    A little question: My graham cracker part didn't really solidify. I just tried one (they've been in the fridge for 8 hours or so). Anyone else have that issue?

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

    Bec

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  17. Oh me, oh my! It's not a wonder that these get gobbled up at gatherings. I could gobble them all up all by my lonesome!

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  18. I live in Canada and we don't have Club crackers, could you suggest another type? If not I may have to make a trip to the states!

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    1. You could use regular saltine crackers for this. The club crackers are just a bit sturdier and more butter-y than the standard saltine cracker. :)

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  19. My son is allergic to peanut butter so I would have to omit that. Do I need to change any other ingredients and their amount s due to this?

    Thanks,
    Mary
    spezzab2be@aol.com

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    1. Hi Mary! I don't think you should have to change anything. Having said that, I haven't made this without the peanut butter. I would love to know how it turns out for you!

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  20. Brandie,
    I love these bars, and made them many years ago, but lost the recipe. thanks for sharing this recipe. I can't t wait to make these.

    Your Sous Chef did a great job:)

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  21. I am in Canada,and I don't recall ever seeing "club crackers".Would they be similar to soda crackers,or saltines?

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  22. My son is allergic to peanuts and KIT KAT is his choice candy bar, love the idea of making it home made. I checked the ingredient from Nestle's website and it does not contain peanuts. Should I substitute sunflower seed butter for the second layer? Is it to give the snack a more depth of flavor...

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  23. My family loves peanut butter so we make the center layer out of peanut butter and club cracker "sandwiches"

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  24. Angela M, from NE OhioNovember 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    My son and I made this tonight. And despite us forgetting to put milk in with the butter and sugars, still turned out delicious. Thinking perhaps bottom would have covered if would have used the milk.?.
    Everyone loved them....but I would change the name to "Homemade Nutty Butty Bars". My (& my family's) opinion anyway.
    Anyway, keep your recipes coming...you make me look awesome at dinnertime.

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