Thursday, March 3, 2016

No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars

Here's the deal. I needed something and I needed it pretty quickly. The catch? My oven was being used for batches of cut-out cookies (coming soon).

No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars
Enter the no-bake cookie. Even better, the no-bake cookie BAR! Fast, easy, so good.

No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars
These No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars are made with two types of crackers....graham crackers and oyster crackers. It seems weird, but it works. Then there's the Nutella. (Can you tell from the picture how BIG that jar of Nutella is? Someone got a Costco membership.) ;)

The resulting bars have a creamy center with the slightest crunch from the crackers, while the top is a crunchy, crackly bittersweet chocolate.

No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars
Use your food processor to crush the crackers, OR do like I did and get rid of some frustration crushing them with your rolling pin.

{Side note: I gave up wine (and beer and margaritas...well, alcohol) for Lent and I'm also trying to give up impatience. I haven't been too tempted for my Friday/Saturday night glass(es!) of wine, but impatience? I've had quite a bit of that. The rolling pin helped, I think. I might do this every day.}
No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars

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No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars
{makes a 9x13" pan}

9 whole graham crackers
1 cup salted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups crushed oyster crackers
2 cups Nutella
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars
Line a 9x13" pan with foil. Place the graham crackers on the bottom of the pan, breaking apart as necessary.

Use a mixer to cream the butter until fluffy. Then, mix in the sugar, crushed crackers, Nutella, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Press into the prepared pan. Refrigerate to set for at least one hour.

No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars
Place the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted. Spread the chocolate over the bars and refrigerate until set before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.

[note: I think these get even BETTER over time, so don't be afraid to make them a day or two ahead.]
No-Bake Nutella Cracker Bars
Thank you, Costco, for stocking Nutella in bulk! A family of three NEEDS two huge jars of Nutella at the ready.


20 comments:

  1. This sounds like an easy and delicious recipe, I can't wait to try it!

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  2. This looks so good! I mean, it has nutella so what could possibly go wrong ;)

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  3. I am sooooo in love with this recipe ... Thanks for all the good recipes you share with us :D

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  4. Can't wait to try!

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  5. Guess I'll have to wait a few more weeks to try these . . . I gave up sweets for Lent! But they look fabulous!

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  6. I don't understand how u can eat things like this and stay so slim and pretty! So jealous! This looks amazing :)

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  7. These look really good.
    Really anything with Nutella
    Sounds good now a days.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    The kids will love them.

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  8. These look really good.
    Really anything with Nutella
    Sounds good now a days.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    The kids will love them.

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  9. These bars looking amazing but I have one problem -- I NEVER purchase salted butter. Is there a taste reason not to substitute?

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    1. Hi Marisa! You'll want to add about 1/4 teaspoon (sea or kosher) salt to the bar mixture. :)

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  10. Looking forward to seeing the cookies that took up the oven while you created these yummy looking bars. Good for you for making a Lenten fast from alcohol. Hope you have a nice white wine chilling for Easter dinner :)

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  11. Yum! I like the sweet and salty combination!

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  12. Excellent idea, I think I am going to make one large one for my sons birthday.
    Thank for sharing!!!

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  13. I think my hubby would love this! amazing recipe. Thanks a lot for sharig

    Regards
    Archana
    http://hebbarskitchen.com/

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  14. Thank you for helping people get the information they need. Great stuff as usual. Keep up the great work!!! drinking games

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  15. I'm on my third pan of these in a month - we bring them everywhere now! Quick question though - how do you cut them?? I swear I lose about half of them because they break into pieces :( I mean, we don't mind keeping the rejects for ourselves, but it's frustrating that I can't seem to cut them well. Any tips?

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    1. Yay...so glad you are liking them! I use a bench scraper to cut them. They are a bit crumbly when you cut them. I just have resigned myself to these being a little haphazard looking. ;)

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