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…
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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.
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Melt those with a little milk and pour it on top of the marshmallows and graham crackers.
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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.
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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.
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Chill the whole thing for a bit. When it’s set remove the foil from the pan…
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And pull the foil from the sides…
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And slice!

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

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Butterfinger Caramel Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  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.

Notes:

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

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

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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75 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

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

    xo

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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