Homemade Kit Kat Bar Recipe

Homemade Kit Kat Bar Recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Refrigerate: 60 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
552 Calories
32g Fat
66g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 552
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 266mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 2mg 14%
Potassium 241mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These homemade Kit Kat bars are supposed to taste like the popular candy bar of the same name. They do have the nice chocolatey crunch of a Kit Kat candy bar but note that these bars have a peanut butter flavor and are more salty-sweet than the candy bar.

The simple steps in this easy recipe allow for your kiddos to take part in all the fun. Let them line the baking dish with crackers, pour the chocolate chips into the dish or lick the spatula. The hardest part of this recipe will be waiting for the bars to cool down fast enough before you get to eat them.


  • 60 buttery crackers (such as Keebler Club Crackers)

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Homemade Kit Kat Bar Recipe ingredients

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  2. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Line with a layer of about 20 crackers until bottom of dish is fully covered.

    crackers and butter in a baking dish

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  3. In a small saucepan, bring butter, sugars, and milk together to a boil over medium heat. Stir in crushed graham crackers. Let boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.​

    crackers, butter, sugars, and milk in a saucepan

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  4. Pour half of the sugar mixture over crackers, smoothing over crackers with a spatula. Cover with another layer of 20 crackers, pressing down lightly. Pour remaining syrup mixture over crackers, smoothing to coat.

    Pour half of the sugar mixture over crackers in the baking dish

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  5. Top with remaining crackers, pressing lightly.

    crackers on top of the sugar mixture in the baking dish

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  6. Place chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe dish. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until chips are melted. (Alternatively, you can melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat.)

    melted chocolate and peanut butter mixture in a bowl

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  7. Pour chocolate peanut butter mixture evenly over top layer of crackers, using a spatula to smooth out bubbles and make sure crackers are completely covered.

    chocolate on top of the crackers in the baking dish

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  8. Refrigerate until Kit Kat bars are firm.

    solid chocolate on top of the crackers in the baking dish

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  9. Cut into thin bars to serve.

    Homemade Kit Kat Bars in a baking dish

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  • When cooking the sugars with the milk, keep an eye on the pot and lower the burner if necessary (but not too low). After adding the crushed graham crackers, make sure not to walk away—be mindful as the mixture boils for 5 minutes.
  • Using conventional peanut butter (rather than natural) will yield smoother, more accurate copy-cat results.
  • The peanut butter can be eliminated whether for taste or allergy reasons.
  • These candy bars can be served on their own or with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream as part of an extra decadent dessert.

Recipe Variations

  • This recipe uses club crackers, but feel free to substitute with vanilla wafer cookies if you prefer or if you happen to have tort wafers (more like what is in the original Kit Kat bar) in your pantry.
  • You can change the taste of these copycat candy bars by swapping the semisweet chocolate for dark, milk, or white chocolate. If you use white chocolate, you can even add food coloring to make different colored candy bars.