These Bacon Crackers are the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and smoky! This easy holiday appetizer is a cinch to make and always a crowd pleaser.
I love these bacon crackers, because they’re insanely easy to make and they’re ALWAYS a hit. They’re crispy, crunchy, sweet, savory…what’s not to love?!
The best part about this recipe? I bet you already have all these ingredients in your fridge and pantry!
- Crackers – club crackers are pictured; when a strip of bacon is cut into 1/4ths it fits perfectly on the cracker! The thin, crispy texture and buttery flavor is also really nice. Ritz crackers (or really any buttery cracker) may also be used.
- Bacon – regular or thick-cut may be used, but cook time will vary. Regular bacon will take about 60-90 minutes in the oven whereas thick-cut bacon takes at least 2 hours to cook. Regular bacon will get crispier and thick-cut bacon will remain a little chewy. The choice is yours! Whatever you choose, go for good quality bacon, it tastes better and is easier to work with!
- Brown Sugar – dark or light brown sugar may be used and is the perfect sweet compliment to the smoky, salty bacon. The brown sugar also slightly caramelizes in as it bakes, which makes for a pleasant, sticky texture!
- Spices: Chili Powder, Paprika, Salt, and Cayenne Pepper – our homemade spice blend! It’s a little earthy, a little smoky, and a touch spicy. If you’re not a fan of spice, omit the cayenne!
How to make
This party appetizer couldn’t be easier!
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, then place a wire cooling rack on top.
- Arrange the crackers in a single layer, then top each cracker with 1/4 slice of bacon.
- In a medium sized bowl, stir brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper together, then spoon the mixture over the crackers.
- Bake at 250 degrees F until the bacon has cooked through, then serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!
How long to bake candied bacon crackers
These crackers bake low and slow, so be sure to plan ahead!
- If using regular bacon, bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, or until the sugar has melted and the bacon is crispy.
- If using thick-cut bacon, bake at 250 degrees F for 2 hours, or until the sugar has melted and the bacon is cooked through.
How to store
Leftovers will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 1 month.
To enjoy again, thaw in the fridge, if frozen, then bake at 250 degrees F until warm.
Equipment for this recipe
- 40 club crackers Ritz crackers may also be used
- 1 pound raw bacon each slice cut into 1/4ths (regular or thick-cut may be used)*
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper omit if you’re not a fan of spice
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
- Place a wire cooling rack on top of the baking sheet, arrange the crackers in a single layer, then top each cracker with 1/4 slice of bacon. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, stir brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper together until combined, then spoon the mixture evenly over the bacon topped crackers.
- If using regular bacon, bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until the sugar has melted and the bacon is crispy.
- If using thick-cut bacon, bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours, or until the sugar has melted and the bacon is cooked through.
- Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.