Sunday, March 20, 2011

Homemade Snickers

Back in my college years, there was a girl that lived in my apartment complex that made these for a group dinner.  Weeks and months passed, and I kept forgetting to ask her for the recipe.  I graduated from that tiny two-year college in central Utah, and I didn't have the recipe.  I regretted that for years and years to come  (enter Debbie Downer wah-wahs here).  Well, I got married about three years later and went to church one Sunday.  I saw the girl that made these Snickers!  I instantly ran across the room, did a little jump and heel click, and hugged her.  okay... not really.  But- we did talk and I asked for this recipe within ten minutes of catching up from the past few years.  Thank my lucky stars that she still had it!  This stuff is amazing.  As excited as I was to get the recipe, ironically enough, I made it for the first time this weekend.  You, me, and definitely my husband have been wondering why, in the name of all that is holy, it has taken me 8 years to make these again.  Trust me though... it won't take me 8 years to make them again because this stuff, is pure happiness and satisfaction in a 9x13 pan.  
Homemade Snickers:
source: Tiawna something (I don't remember her last name!)

bottom layer:
1 c milk chocolate chips
1/4 c butterscotch chips
1/4 c creamy peanut butter

Filling, nougat-ish stuff:
1/4 c butter
1 c sugar
1/4 c evaporated milk
1 1/2 c marshmallow creme
1/4 c creamy peanut butter
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c peanuts

caramel layer:
14 oz caramels
1/4 c whipping cream

1 c chocolate chips
1/4 c butterscotch chips
1/4 c creamy peanut butter

Lightly grease a 9x13 pan.  In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter.  Stir to combine.  Pour into the bottom of the greased pan.  Place it in the fridge until it's set.

Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.  Add the sugar and milk.  Bring it to a boil and stir for five minutes.  

 Remove it from the heat and add the peanut butter, marshmallow creme, and vanilla.
 Add the peanuts.  I originally added 1/2 c chopped walnuts here and more peanuts later.  Next time I do it, I'm going to pour in the nougat and sprinkle all the peanuts on the layer.

 Pour the nougat onto the chocolate layer.  Now sprinkle on the peanuts!  Stick the pan back in the fridge while you prepare the caramel layer.
 Place the 14 oz of caramels and 1/4 c cream in a saucepan over low heat.  Stir occasionally until the caramel is smooth.
 Pour the caramel into the pan and smooth it out. Put it back in the fridge.
 Prepare the last chocolate layer the same as you did the bottom layer.  Pour it onto the top and smooth it out.  Refrigerate it for an hour before cutting it and serving it.  These are a bit richer than the original Snickers bar, so you don't need to cut it into large pieces.  Although, you'll want to eat several of them because they are so delicious.

Next time I make them, I'm adding a layer of ice cream after the nougat to make ice cream snickers bars.  Ooh-la-la!  I don't even want to know how much money I spent on ice cream Snickers bars growing up.  I love those darn things.



  1. I just gained 10 lbs of joy reading this. You... are amazing. :)

  2. Hi Callie! I noticed that the nougat layer is a lot like the beginning of my Christmas fudge. In fact all the ingredients are the same except for peanut butter instead of chocolate and the amounts might be a bit different. I do have a question though... do you know if you're trying for a specific temp during that 5 minutes or not? I reach the soft ball stage (231 F? something like that) when I'm making my fudge.

    Do you think it matters?

    I definitely want to try making these!

    (This is Julie O'Brien, by the way)

  3. Hi Julie! I don't think you're trying for a specific temperature. I just cooked it for the five minutes and called it good. Once you add the marshmallow creme and peanute butter, it thickens up quite nicely. I think it'll be good to go at any temperature.

    You'll love them! If you need any help eating them all, let me know. ;)