I’ve made more than a few batches of cracker candy over the years and I can confidently say that it is always a good idea. This stuff disappears moments after you set it out and newbies are clamoring to know how it’s made. The recipe version I have for you today sticks pretty close to the original, except for one key switch up: peanut butter bits. These salty, bite-sized cracker sandwiches add just the right amount of crunch with a hint of beloved peanut butter flavor. I can’t get enough!
I’ve opted for the mini cracker sandwiches, but you could use the full size options as well. There’s just something so cute about the little guys! A simple caramel sauce is cooked up on the stovetop and then poured over a layer of the crackers. Pop them in the oven until they’re really bubbling, then allow to cool for a few minutes while you prepare the chocolate.
- (2) 8.8 oz boxes Peanut Butter Ritz Bits
- 1 1/2 cups butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 3 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp butter, for topping
- Optional: ¼ cup peanuts, roughly chopped
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- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange an even layer of cracker bits to the edges of the baking sheet and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, add sugar and butter and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 3-4 minutes then immediately pour mixture over the arranged crackers.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes, caramel will be bubbling.
- Let the sheet cool for a few minutes while you melt the chocolate.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter in 30 second increments until fully melted.
- Pour chocolate over crackers and spread into an even layer. Top with chopped peanuts if desired.
- Allow candy to fully cool before breaking or cutting into pieces (cooling can be sped up in the fridge).
- Store in an airtight container.