Butterfinger Caramel Bars

Butterfinger Caramel Bars...these are no bake, ooey, gooey perfection!

Butterfinger Caramel Bars are a no bake dream! Gooey, crunchy and easy!

Sometimes inspiration runs dry. It does.

I wonder how many possible combinations of butter, sugar and candy I can possibly make, eat, write about and photograph. And some days…like recently…I feel like the day is just around the corner.


My inspiration is going to take a step in the street, not look both ways and get violently run over by a speeding car like Brad Pitt did in Meet Joe Black. Did you guys see that movie a million years ago?  Was that scene really necessary movie makers?

But unlike Joe Black I don’t anticipate my inspiration to come back looking like Brad Pitt, talking super softly and looming in dark corners. I just expect one day to wake up and have it be gone.

BUT you know what happens on days like that?  When my inspiration “Joe Blacks” on me?  I get emails from you people. You are sort of the greatest with your ideas and chatty correspondence.

So, today’s inspiration was borrowed from Loren.  I’ve never met Loren, but she hooked me up with a great no-bake idea. I kinda turned the idea on its head, but I know Loren expected this…

Let’s talk candy, marshmallows and caramel…AND you don’t have to turn on your oven.

Butterfinger Caramel Bars

Butterfinger Caramel Bars...these are no bake, ooey, gooey perfection!
Here’s what you’ll need…
PhotobucketI found some already unwrapped Butterfinger bites. Seriously, candy makers…you’re making it far too easy. Or totally use regular Butterfinger bars. I’ve done it both ways.
Chop them up a little bit…not too much, but a little.
PhotobucketLine your 9×9 pan with foil…and layer graham crackers in the bottom.
PhotobucketTop the graham crackers with some mini marshmallows…

Now you’ll need some caramel. I used these chick pea looking caramel bits. They are really lovely because you don’t have to unwrap them.

And also, yes…you can use caramels you have to unwrap too. Again, I’ve done it both ways.

Melt those with a little milk and pour it on top of the marshmallows and graham crackers.

You’ll need to spread it a little with a spoon, making sure the caramel gets down in all the gaps. The marshmallows might melt a bit, nut that’s no problem.

Now press your chopped Butterfinger on top of the caramely, marshmallowy stuff. And if you want, you can drizzle some more chocolate up on there. I encourage it, actually.

Chill the whole thing for a bit. When it’s set remove the foil from the pan…

And pull the foil from the sides…

And slice!

Butterfinger Caramel Bars...these are no bake, ooey, gooey perfection!
No-bake has never looked so good!


Butterfinger Caramel Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 6 1/2 graham crackers
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 (11 oz) bag Caramel bits
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 (10 oz bag Butterfinger Bites, coarsely chopped
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate (for drizzle)


  1. Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil, allowing foil to hang over the edge for easy removal.
  2. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  3. Place graham crackers on bottom of the pan, breaking to evenly fit.
  4. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over graham crackers.
  5. Melt caramel and milk together in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir and continue heating in 30 second intervals until melted.
  6. Pour caramel over the marshmallows and gently spread until evenly coated. The marshmallows will melt slightly, which is fine. Make sure to coat evenly so the caramel sticks to the graham crackers.
  7. Sprinkle chopped Butterfinger on top and and press the candies into the caramel/marshmallow mix.
  8. Melt semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on high power in 30 second intervals until melted.
  9. Drizzle semi-sweet chocolate on top of Butterfinger.
  10. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or until set.
  11. Cut into bars when ready to serve.


Store and serve bars at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.

This recipe was originally posted in May 2012, with the finished product photos updated in August 2017.


75 Responses

  1. Sigh…. I had to look at this right before I am going out the door to the gym. Now it’s all I’m going to think about. I will have that gooey caramel dancing around in my head. yummy!

    1. shelly

      I bought them at WalMart, but I have seen them in lots of supermarkets in my area…you can always use the wrapped caramels, it will work the same!

    2. Loren

      it’s me, the loren mentioned above! 🙂 i have found the kraft caramel pieces in the baking section of the Grocery section of Target.

    3. Cindyann

      I have found them at all our grocery stores and Walmart, too – but not with chocolate chips in every baking supplies aisle. Nope. They are with the wrapped caramels. In the candy aisle. Hope this helps!

  2. Oh yes! I love how the candy makers are making everything easier for us, the only problem I really have with it is I end up buying 2 bags of everything, one for the recipe and one to eat the night before. Can’t wait to make this with the girls!

  3. YUM! I love all those ingredients by themselves, so it’s an obvious guarantee that I’m going to thoroughly enjoy them together! Mmm. Mmm.

  4. Please put all of these ideas and your writing in a hard cover cook book… please, pretty please!
    You are unbelievable. So fun to read and drool over photos.

  5. Jessica

    I haven’t seen Meet Joe Black since it first came out, but I vividly remember when Brad Pitt was hit by the car… because it was HILARIOUS! Seriously, I thought it was comedy gold! I don’t think it was intentioned that way, but that’s how it landed. HAHAHAHA. Awesome!

    1. Loren

      thanks… to shelly, for posting and using my suggestion! i love the look of your inside-out oreo pb cups – will definitely check out more of your blog!

  6. Megan

    Ohh man, those look DELICIOUS! My sister’s name is Loren, I’ve never seen anyone else with it spelled the same way as her!! (Or maybe it IS her…)

  7. These sound great! I love all of the flavors together. I wonder if you could make a pretzel crust or sprinkle crushed pretzels on top of the chocolate for a little salty-sweet combo.

  8. Angela

    OMG. Yum. I’m in love with those little caramel pits. I even eat them as a snack. Just so darned handy. I also love to make chocolate cookies and put the caramel balls in them – they end up the perfect texture.

  9. Loren

    thanks for the shout-out!!! love it! 🙂 almost as much as i love your blog. glad you enjoyed it and made something fun and creative out of it — keep the good stuff coming!!

  10. Yeah, I have that fear of just running out of things to bake. It’s sorta scary.

    And, I’m sorry, but yes. That Joe Black scene was totally necessary. It was my favorite part of the movie and I can remember my brother and I rewinding it over and over and just DYING with laughter.

  11. I really thought those were chickpeas for a minute. Then I said to myself, “Really, Jo. Shelly would NEVER do that.” 😛

    But you know….throwing chickpeas into the mix COULD get those creative juices flowing…

  12. Oh, my goodness. These, of course, look amazing. Butterfingers and caramel are two of my faves. I actually was wondering the same thing about you – how DO you keep coming up with more and more ideas?? You frequently have me drooling on my keyboard – please don’t ever quit! We love everything of yours we’ve tried so far!!

  13. Ohh!
    Those look amazing. I am drooling over your pictures! I am a big fan of the caramel bites and usually keep some in the house. Great recipe! You definitely have tons of creativity!!!

  14. Wow, wow, wow! It’s all my favorite things in one thing. And thank you for pointing out the chickpea caramels, because I stared at that photo for a good 15 seconds thinking, I wonder where the chickpeas come in? Is this like one of those black bean brownie-type recipes? DUH.

  15. This looks freaking delicious! I love the way you turn desserts on their heads – snickers salad anyone? Still not over that brilliant creation!


  16. Josephine Lamb

    OMG! I stop looking those butter fingers without salivating.. Looks so gooood! I would recommend this to my mom because she loves making desserts. Thanks much for sharing.

  17. Darlene

    Okay, so here’s the thing…I started out making these but realized that I didn’t have a 9×9 pan. So I improvised with a 9X12 and some wooden blocks from my kids’ block bucket (Lookit, I was already on pan 3 …). Things started to come together nicely with the graham crackers and marshmallows (seriously, though, would I even admit it if I screwed up that part?!). The caramels proved a bit tricky as I couldn’t find the chick pea caramels and had to settle for the wrapped ones at the grocery store…they weren’t good quality and once melted hardened REALLY quickly (is that normal? I had to keep microwaving them…we’re going to be a radioactive bunch here!) Anyhoo, I didn’t have quite enough caramel because half of it stuck to the bowl so I figured I’d just melt extra chocolate to get everything to stick together (of course!). Well, I accidentally made fudge (I know, happy accident, but please, don’t ask, it just happened…sometimes fudge just happens…). So I figured, what the hey! I schmeared the fudge on top of everything and stuck it in the fridge.

    Now…we wait…

  18. John Sattgast

    I made these last night. They are very good, but very sweet! Easy to make. I did forget to spray the pan with cooking oil. Big mistake, because they stuck to the foil. But I cut them out around the edges, and they came off okay. Found most of the ingredients at Wal-mart. Took about a half hour to make them and clean up. Yum!

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