With two layers of chocolate, creamy nougat, peanuts, and plenty of caramel, these Homemade Snickers Bars taste just like the real candy bar – only better!

Every December, my sister-in-law Erin has a Baking Day.

She takes a day off work to bake and create sweet treats for Christmas. Cookies, candies, bars, you name it! And she does it by herself. She is totally 100% self-motivated, self-propelled, and committed.

It isn’t like one of those ladies-baking-as-a-cover-story-for-drinking-wine scenarios. Erin is legit, and she puts out an impressive amount of goodies.

Wistfully envious, 2,500 miles away, and a few months early, I’m getting started on my own Baking Day with these delicious Homemade Snickers Bars.

Two homemade snickers bars stacked on top of each other on parchment paper.

Two layers of semi-sweet chocolate (which I prefer over the milk chocolate in “real” Snickers bars) sandwiches marshmallowy nougat, crunch peanuts, and luscious caramel. And don’t worry, it’s all easy!

It’s easy because you use store-bought marshmallow cream and unwrap a bag of caramels. If you want to make marshmallow cream or caramel sauce from scratch, have at it!

Beyond that, you just have to melt chocolate and peanut butter together. In the microwave. You’ve got this!

And prepare to be impressed by your own Baking Day magic, because these are GREAT! You’ll love them, no question about it.

Two homemade snickers bars on parchment paper surrounded by peanuts.

Homemade Snickers bars on a wooden cutting board.

Homemade Snickers Bars

With two layers of chocolate, creamy nougat, peanuts, and plenty of caramel, these Homemade Snickers Bars taste just like the real candy bar. Learn how to make homemade candy (quite possibly even better than store bought!) in just 40 minutes.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 12 bars
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 494

Ingredients 

For layer 1 (chocolate):

For layer 2 (nougat):

  • 7 ounces marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts

For layer 3 (caramel):

  • 11 ounces caramels unwrapped (see note 2)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

For layer 4 (chocolate):

Instructions 

To make layer 1:

  • Line the bottom of an 11-inch by 7-inch baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. 
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 cup chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons peanut butter. Microwave for 60 seconds at full power and stir to combine. Microwave a few more seconds if needed, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Pour chocolate mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly. Freeze until the chocolate is hard, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To make layer 2:

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine marshmallow fluff, ¼ cup peanut butter, and 1 ½ cups powdered sugar. Using a wooden spoon or strong spatula, stir until a soft nougat dough ball forms. 
  • Remove nougat dough from the bowl and press on top of hardened chocolate layer. Sprinkle 1 cup peanuts on top of nougat and gently press them down.

To make layer 3:

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 11 ounces caramels and ¼ cup heavy cream. Stir constantly until caramels have melted and cream is incorporated. 
  • Pour immediately over the peanut layer, using the back of a spoon to spread evenly. Refrigerate until caramel has set, about 5 minutes.

To make layer 4:

  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons peanut butter. Microwave for 60 seconds at full power and stir to combine. Microwave a few more seconds if needed, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over caramel layer and spread evenly. Refrigerate until chocolate layer has hardened, about 10 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 bars and serve.

Notes

  1. Peanut butter: Since it's mixed with chocolate chips for the first and fourth layers, I give you full permission to start with a jar of peanut butter from the store. JIF, Skippy, Peter Pan; any brand will do. If you're feeling ambitious, whip up a batch of Homemade Peanut Butter. (See below for allergen-friendly alternatives.
  2. Caramels: Look for baking caramels by the bag in the candy or baking aisle. Unwrap each one to melt down with heavy cream for the third layer of these Homemade Snickers Bars. If you want to make caramel sauce from scratch, have at it!
  3. Yield: This Homemade Snickers Bar recipe makes 12 servings.
  4. Storage: Store these bars covered in the refrigerator (or, if you live in a cold climate, on your patio or in the garage during the chilly winter months).

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 494kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 7gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 336mgFiber: 4gSugar: 54gVitamin A: 99IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Hi, Meggan. Snickers are by far my absolute fave!!! And, yours look super yummy and easy to make too! Being a long time baker, I don’t think it’s ever too early to start your holiday baking, so keep sharing your delicious bakes with us!

    Have a sweet day, Heather5 stars

  2. Gorgeous photos. My nephews so love the commercial bars but I am trying to make homemade alternates (read less processed) that taste just as good. I am bookmarking this for a weekend treat.

    1. You are so nice, thank you! I think these are so good, better than “real” Snicker bars by a mile. Obviously more work than just opening a candy bar wrapper, but worth it! Have a great weekend. :)