I went to a football game on Sunday.  It always amazes me how little I actually have my eyes on the players watching the game.  I watch the cheerleaders and the mascot.  I survey other patron’s concessions purchases.  I listen to the foul language of the “true sports fans”.  i think about which confections I have waiting for me at home to be photographed and consumed.  On Sunday, this idea was particularly distracting from the football game because I had these babies waiting for me to capture their close-up and devour them.

I have had this idea for homemade Kit Kat bars swirling around in my head for quite awhile now.  Especially after practically eating my weight in candy bars during Halloween time, I knew I had to finally try executing this homemade version.  I opted for a peanut butter version because I remember when you could buy Peanut Butter Kit Kats (can you still??) and how truly amazing they were.

For the iconic wafer-y crunch of a Kit Kat, I used Wasa Crisp n’ Light 7 Grain crackers which are so light and airy that they replicate the crispiness of a Kit Kat perfectly.  The bars are filled with a smooth and sweet peanut butter mixture and to coat the bars in chocolate, I melted a bag of milk chocolate Hershey Kisses.  I found that the Kisses with about 1/2 tsp of oil added to them made for easy dipping and the smoothest chocolate coating.

Homemade Peanut Butter Kit Kat Bars

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

A bar that tastes just like the original Peanut Butter Kit Kat Candy Bar

Ingredients

  • 10 Wasa Crisp n' Light 7 Grain Crackers
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag milk chocolate Hershey Kisses
  • 1/2 tsp canola oil

Instructions

  1. Make peanut butter mixture by combining peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl.
  2. Spread a thin layer of the peanut butter filling onto one cracker and top with another cracker. Repeat with remaining crackers.
  3. Lay sandwiched crackers on a cookie sheet and place into the freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. While the bars are setting, unwrap Hershey Kisses and place into a medium-sized microwavable bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is melted.
  5. Remove crackers from freezer and cut into desired sized pieces or bars.
  6. Cover another cookie sheet with wax paper.
  7. Dip bars into melted chocolate and place onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Return to the freezer to set for about 30 minutes.
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15 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    I looooove this, Mercedes! I bet these are so much better than the store-bought variety!

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    • Mercedes
      Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:43 am

      Thanks Cassie, I can’t wait to make other varieties because they were so tasty!

      Reply

  2. Liz
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I love Kit Kat bars! These look great and I’m sure they tasted yummy!

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    • Mercedes
      Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:44 am

      Thanks Liz, Kit Kats are one of my favorites too!

      Reply

  3. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    I loved the Peanut Butter Kit Kats!! These look amazing. Plus, they are homemade so I’m sure they will top anything that you could buy in the store. :)

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:44 am

      Thanks Elaine, I’m glad someone else remembers the peanut butter Kit Kats that I do!

      Reply

  4. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    What a great idea! I love that you made them with peanut butter! :)

    Reply

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I love Kit Kat Bars and I’m all for a PB variety!

    Reply

  6. Stephanie
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    Oh man… I am imagining a few layers of crackers. Would that be like a Nutty Buddy?

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Nov 13, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

      I think it would taste just like a Nutty Buddy! YUM!

      Reply

  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    i’ve seen a few homemade candy bars around recently, but never kit kats! kit-kats are one of my favorites. so simple to make, too!

    Reply

  8. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Eek, aren’t these shockingly easy to make? And so scrumptious, too! I love your PB version–reminds me of Little Debbie’s Nutty Bars which I loved off of as a kid :)

    Reply

  9. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    Wow. Is this ever naughty!

    Reply

  10. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    I LOVE the imperfect perfection of homemade chocolate bars, these are beautiful and I love the peanut butter layer!

    Reply

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