Hey y’all! Today I am sharing how to make bacon crackers. My friend Laurian has been making these for years.
I tell ya this friend of mine knows the good stuff!
These bacon crackers will leave your party guests oohhing ahhing and asking what are these tasty little bites?
Laurian is the same friend that turned me on to the dump cakes, fried green tomatoes and dorito casserole.
These bacon crackers are always a huge request. Rightfully so, we like to call them the crack crackers.
Joking of course, but they are just that addicting.
Try them and let me know what a huge hit they were! You can check out my recipe archives while you are here.
I RECOMMEND a wire rack for this recipe.
Townhouse butter crackers OR Keebler butter crackers are fine too. Square or oval type.
1 package of bacon
Butter Crackers (1) pkg regular bacon Brown Sugar Cayenne Pepper. Heat the oven to 350°F. Place crackers end to end on a wire rack set into a rimmed cookie sheet.Slice the bacon into thirds. Place a sliver of the cut bacon lengthwise on each cracker, Sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar onto the bacon topped crackers. Then lightly sprinkle with cayenne pepper (be careful!!! Gets HOT quick!!) Bake until the sugar begins to melt & the bacon becomes crisp. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the crackers to cool on the rack before eating. These go quick!!! Best to make a double or even three batches!! ALWAYS A HIT AT ANY PARTY OR AT HOME WITH A NICE CRISP SALAD!! ENJOY!!!
NOTES: Cut the bacon into third or fourths and use the less expensive thinner bacon! (I know I know….GASP!!) make sure it is the length of the cracker and doesn’t overlap. The brown sugar should be a good layer….the weight, as it melts into the bacon, helps it lay flat! bacon crackers also make an awesome light lunch or dinner with a good crisp salad!
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yummo! these would be a hit in this house for sure!!!!!
Ooh, gotta try these! Looks so good! Hugs and blessings, Cindy
kelly arent (copper roof interiors) says
Oh my gosh Debbie……my family is going to LOVE these! Ok….roughly..how much brown sugar…a tsp per cracker?? Wow…now I have seen it all in regards to bacon! Ha!! I found a recipe awhile ago with bacon wrapped around a donut!!
Thanks for sharing this goodness!!
I would say that is about right. Laurian does this by eye at this point so she just takes a nice heaping sprinkle to them.
Dawn Cain says
I have never heard of such a thing. They look delicious. Everything is better with bacon on it 🙂
When I first saw Bacon crackers, I thought, yum! When I saw that there is brown sugar on there, I thought YUM! Sounds like a hit to me!
Patty Lucas says
These sound delicious. I make something like that but with the bacon wrapped around little sausage and then sprinkled with brown sugar – no cayenne. I will try the crackers next time. Thanks.
[email protected] says
You had me at bacon!!!….I have got to try this … looks fantastic!!!…thanks for the recipe from a real bacon lover!!!
the cape on the corner says
whoa. must. try. this!
WOW! Another brilliant idea! I had these with cracked black pepper and they were amazing. I never thought or heard of the sugar/cayenne recipe.
These look nice and easy…I’m saving them to my pinterest board and will let you know how they made out when I try them!
My kids are going to love these! thanks so much for the recipe!
Jane's Adventures in Dinner says
Ok, how have these not been part of my life before now.
Debbie these look fantastic, my hubby will love them and so will the rest of my family. Thanks for the recipe, PINNED!!!
A DEFINITE must do !! Thanks for passing along!
Claire @ A Little Claireification says
OMGeee. I die. Are you kidding me?? I need these NOW. Pinned!
Oh gosh, I’m definitely trying these!!!~~Angela
Tonie Tibbo says
On my way out to purchase crackers and bacon …… Sounds so good!
Can you make these day before party?
Yes, you can! Just put them in a ziplock or a sealed container to keep fresh
approximately how long do these need to bake for?
As indicated until brown sugar is melted and bacon is crispy. Ovens indeed vary so you have to keep a watchful eye. They do not take that long though. Just don’t burn the crackers.
Is the bacon raw when placed on the cracker?
Yes raw bacon, it cooks on the crackers.
I don’t know how I missed this recipe, but now that I have found it that doesn’t matter. Pinned.
Can I use turkey bacon for these?
Not sure honestly. I do believe it is the bacon fat and juices that really make these what they are.
Liz Vincent says
What are butter crackers?
We dont have them in australia so what can i substitute them with?
I am not sure really. I think you need these kind of crackers because they have a tad more oils in them.
Sandra Freeman says
I don’t have any kind of wire rack to use on this recipe. In case I can’t find one today or tomorrow, is there possibly any other way to cook these? I plan to make these for a football party Saturday. Thanks!
They have to be on the wire rack otherwise the crackers will burn on the bottom.
Where do you find the rack to purchase?
You can find them at Walmart!
Danielle Vann says
Thank you so much for sharing! I made these last night and they were amazing! I was surprised at how long they had to cook. I think I ended up baking them for around 35 minutes. That may have been because I was using really thick bacon though.
Excellent! Now you know why we call them crack crackers. Yes, the thick bacon would make all the difference in cooking.
Karen Docter says
These are to die for! Husband just pulled these out of the oven and the flavor combination is scrumptious!! One question? How to you get the bacon not to curl up? Ours didn’t look like your picture. But, of course, did I say it was scrumptious even curly? 🙂
I’m mostly asking because I want to make them look like yours at the party I’m taking them to next week.
Thanks for the yummy recipe!
P.S. Did I mention how yummy these are? 🙂
Hi Karen, so happy you and your hubby enjoyed them. Let me hunt down my friend and ask her if she has any suggestions on the bacon. It may have been the brand or cut she used. They seriously are TO.DIE.FOR right!!
I’ve been making similar crackers like these but I put a piece of extra sharp cheddar cheese on the cracker and then the cheaper bacon, it’s thinner and cooks better! I cook slow and low and don’t use a rack.. it works great!’ Must try yours with the brown sugar!! YUMMY
OHH OHHH I KNOW I KNOW!!!!! LOL
Cut the bacon into fourths and use the less expensive thinner bacon! (I know I know….GASP!!) make sure it is the length of the cracker and doesn’t overlap. The brown sugar should be a good layer….the weight, as it melts into the bacon, helps it lay flat! bacon crackers also make an awesome light lunch or dinner with a good crisp salad!
Karen Docter says
Thanks for digging for the information, Debbie. These really are to die for! I’ll have to “experiment” a few more times before Friday to get this perfect. Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 🙂 Thanks again!
You are welcome Karen!
Jody Watkins says
These look wonderful. I want to try then for a family get together this week. My only q is, don’t the crackers soak up all the bacon grease? If so, aren’t the crackers soggy and super greasy?
No the crackers are not soggy at all. There is not a lot of bacon on them to speak of and I think the brown sugar soaks it the grease too. Trust me, you will LOVE them!
Judi Hunter says
These look absolutely delicious~ Will surely try but have one question…Townhouse crackers are oval and these look more like Club crackers. Which cracker was used in the photos?
These are butter crackers she may have found a different shape. They sell the Toll house butter crackers pretty much everywhere though.
They look incredible. Can I serve them at room temperature or do they need to be warm?
Room temp is fine!
Karen, I want to make these bacon crackers for Christmas appetizers. My question is can they be made ahead of time, frozen then reheated a bit and served? If not I will make them that day!!! Thanks for sharing.
I am not sure on the whole freeze reheat thing. Never tried that and probably would not suggest it. Make em fresh. They can be served at room temp, they are just as delicious! Enjoy.
Made these… OMG… so good! I used Chipotle pepper instead of Cayenne. Perfect! GREAT recipe!
Made this to bring as an appetizer for a party. Mine did not look as good as yours, but they were yumm-eeeeee. I lined the cookie sheet with tin foil and that made the clean up a little easier.
I made these a few weeks ago. Om nom nom. Now I make them for every football game we watch.
HAHAHA! Yeah, they are a hit. Thank for letting me know. Enjoy.
this sounds so great my family would love it except they don’t like brown sugar. I do but they are more salty kind of people not sweet. would it not stick to the cracker or something important without the sugar?
Truthfully, I think the brown sugar is what makes it.
These are so good! We’ve also made using parmesan cheese! Just a little different flavor 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Baking rack substitute: Cut a desired length of heavy duty aluminum foil and fold accordion style with approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch folds. spread out the folded foil in a lipped baking pan so you have raised peeks and place the crackers on the peeks. This will raise the cracker off the bottom of pan.
Great tip Don! Thanks for sharing.
Has anyone tried making these with regular saltines? Or whole wheat crackers?
No one has told me. I think the key is the butter cracker truthfully!
Is the bacon cooked before putting on the crackers?
NO…the recipe is in the recipe card..
Have now done these 3 times. Crowd pleaser! A few tips; Agree cheaper bacon is better! Def do not use thick…. too chewy, cut 3 times for 4 pieces worked best for me as far as crispiness, heavier layer of sugar seemed to keep the bacon from curling. Needed to cook longer with a better grade bacon to get it crisp & then they were got too dark. I mixed the sugar & cayenne together to our taste then preference & sprinkled on as it gave me better control over the heat, shaking cayenne over the whole tray caused some hot spots….. I also added some dry mustard to the sugar concoction with good results. THX!!!!
Very cool tips! Thanks for sharing:)xo
Quite a lot but I honestly never counted.
Do you refrigerate these after cooking? I would think the bacon would have to be, but wasn’t sure what that would do to the cracker
No I do not. These are typically served right away and at room temperature is just fine too.
Marie Dobbs says
What is the baking temp?
350 it says in the recipe card:) Enjoy.
Sam j. says
i forgot these existed!!! I e always made them with the brown sugar on the cracker and the bacon wrapped all the around it the short way. I’m so glad you reminded me!!! I have maple bacon sitting in my fridge at home!! I may have to play with this concept a little bit!!
Sheila Carman says
These sound amazing but my only concern is the cayenne! Cant handle hot foods!
Do you think it would mess the recipe up to omit the cayenne?
I don’t think so, however, the cayenne really gives it a unique flavor. I don’t personally like hot foods either and I can tolerate these just fine.
Now those look really good and look like they’re super easy to make. This is going in my recipe book. Love the easy yet really good ones 🙂
Made these for a party last night. Had to make a second batch in the middle of the party!!!
That I believe LOL! Glad you enjoyed them.
These sound awesome! Can I make these the day before or will they not hold up?
I would make them the day of. I am not sure if they cracker would be as fresh.
Wow! Bacon crackers where have you been all my life? Thank you Debbie for introducing us! I need to turn the heat down a bit. I will use fresh ground mixed peppercorns! This sounds great!
Stephanie, One Caring Mom says
Why have I never thought to make these before? I love bacon and I love crackers, so obviously this is a perfect combination!
Can you use the precooked-bacon?
I am not sure. Never done it before.
I tried using pre-cooked bacon today … The bake time @ 350 degrees was definitely shorter (15 minutes for the bacon to fully cook and the crackers to turn golden). However, the shorter bake time wasn’t enough to melt and caramelize all of the sugar. If ever I do use the pre-cooked bacon again (for convenience), I think I will try lowering the oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake longer.
Beth Macon says
Is the bacon regular or maple bacon?
Penny Warren says
How do you store these? I would think they would become soft or am I wrong?
In a rubber maid. Best if eaten right away though.
These are very good, mine took about 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Used about 3/4-1 teaspoon of brown sugar on each cracker.