Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars

Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars are the perfect sweet treat made with crunchy crackers, a chocolate topping, and easy, gooey homemade caramel throughout. 

Dessert Bar Recipes like this one are always great to make for a potluck, after school treat, or dessert for family night. Just like Five Layer Bars and Magic Monster Layer Bars, this treat is made with a few easy ingredients stacked together to make a treat that’s unique and irresistible. 

Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars in stack

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CRACKER BARS

This no-bake dessert is the perfect hassle-free dish to satisfy your sweet tooth. The chocolate and caramel are wonderfully decadent and gooey, while the crackers add some crunch, salty taste, and needed structure to the bar.

Just like in Saltine Toffee using crackers as the base of this dessert makes it easy and delicious. You don’t have to worry about making any crust for the layers, just get some store-bought crackers and layer them throughout. We used club crackers in this recipe because they add a nice buttery flavor along with the saltness. 

Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars caramel ingredients in pot

If you’ve never made Homemade Caramel, you may be worried about that part of the recipe, but there’s no need to stress. The only ingredients you need are sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring them together in a saucepan and wait for it to reach the right consistency. That’s all it takes to make Chocolate Cracker Bars that are oozing with rich, homemade caramel. The other two elements—crackers and chocolate chips— are ready-made from the store so all you have to do is put them together.

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HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CRACKER BARS

  • Prep: Start by lining a square pan with parchment paper, so the bars can be easily taken out. You’ll also want to get the first layer of club crackers lined up so they’re ready to pour the caramel over. Get the crackers as close together as possible. Break some, if necessary, to make them fit around the edges of the pan.
  • Homemade Caramel: Add sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir the ingredients together as you bring them to a boil. Once it’s started to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking for 8 minutes. Stir every minute so the sugar doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pan. 
  • Layering: Pour ⅓ cup of caramel over the top of the crackers. Layer crackers over the top. The caramel is very hot so be careful not to burn yourself while you add the crackers. Pour the caramel over the crackers, then add another cracker layer, and finally pour the rest of the caramel over the top.
  • Chocolate: Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top while the caramel is still hot. Put a dishtowel over the pan to trap in the heat. Leave it like this for 3 minutes to melt the chocolate chips. Use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate layer over the bars. 
  • Set: Refrigerate the bars for at least an hour before cutting them into squares.

Caramel Cracker Layer Bars prep collage in baking pan

VARIATIONS ON CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CRACKER BARS

  • Chocolate Chips: Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate chips you can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate. Another option is swirling in some white chocolate or peanut butter chips into the regular chocolate to make a marbled top.
  • Crackers: Instead of using club crackers, you can layer similar crackers like saltines or make the recipe sweeter with graham crackers. 
  • Mix-ins and toppings: If you want to add some extra crunch to the Caramel Bars try sprinkling some nuts to the top or mixing them in with the caramel layers. Chopped almonds, pecans, or peanuts would all make good additions. For more toppings try adding M&M’s, toffee chips, or pieces of pretzel before the chocolate has hardened. 

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HOW TO STORE CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CRACKER BARS

  • Serve: Make sure to keep your Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars in an airtight container so that moisture doesn’t get in and make the crackers stale. You can keep them at room temperature for 3-5 days, but only if you’re house is cool enough that the chocolate and caramel won’t melt. 
  • Store: To make sure the bars stay nice and cool, store them in the fridge. Sealed in an airtight container they’ll stay good for up to 2 weeks. 
  • Freeze: You can also store them in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars in stack

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Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars

Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars are the perfect sweet treat made with crunchy crackers, a chocolate topping, and easy, gooey homemade caramel throughout. 
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 54 Club crackers
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  • Line a single layer of club crackers.
  • Add butter, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a medium saucepan.
  • Stir well and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low then cook for 8 minutes, stirring every minute.
  • Add ⅓ of the caramel mixture to the crackers gently (don't worry if you miss a spot).
  • Add a second layer of crackers (be VERY careful the caramel is very hot).
  • Add another ⅓ of the caramel mixture then another layer of crackers and the rest of the caramel mixture.
  • Top with your chocolate chips and cover with a dishtowel (this keeps the heat in) for 3 minutes.
  • Spread the chocolate in an even layer over the bars.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour until cooled and hardened before cutting into slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Chocolate Caramel Cracker Bars

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Sabrina, the first part of the prep for these bars leaves out the butter. Not the recipe but the prep. Just thought you’d want to know.

  2. Hi Sabrina, these look fantastic! I noticed the spec calls for butter but it’s not listed in he instructions section. Should it be added to the sugars & condensed milk to make the carmel (as your photo suggests)? Thanks!