These bacon-wrapped crackers are always a hit at parties! They’re bite sized, buttery, salty and delicious! You can make them easily with just 3 ingredients and they’re a great cold appetizer for cocktail parties or brunch parties. Choose the sweet or savory option!
When it comes to picking appetizers for entertaining, you can never go wrong with bacon! This crowd-pleasing recipe has club crackers, bacon, and parmesan cheese or brown sugar.
It’s a welcome hors d’oeuvre at holidays, family gatherings, neighborhood parties, or ladies night.
Why You’ll Love It
- This recipe works because people love it. They’re salty, crisp, and addictive!
- Make these as breakfast appetizers and add them to a breakfast buffet.
- Bacon crackers are fantastic for game day parties or a tailgating menu.
- They’re a great room temperature appetizer making them a hassle-free option for hosts.
- Growing up, these were a staple at baby showers and bridal showers.
- They’re portable and easy to take to a potluck party or church social.
- You can easily double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd.
What’s in Bacon Crackers
Club Crackers. I’ve always used Keebler brand because it’s what I grew up on, but you could use other brands. They’re rectangle shape is the perfect size for wrapping with bacon, however you could also use Ritz crackers or even Saltine squares with success.
Bacon. I like to use Center Cut bacon for appetizers because it’s got less fat. You can use regular sliced bacon too, but I don’t recommend using thick cut as it takes too long to cook through, will release too much fat and soak the crackers, and is more bulky when used to wrap.
Parmesan Cheese or Brown Sugar. This is where you get to pick and choose. Some use brown sugar (called Pig Candy crackers) for a sweet and salty combo. The brown sugar will caramelize as it bakes, adding a candy-like coating that’s out of this world!
I love the nuttiness of the cheese version though, and it keeps them as a savory snack. You can just use grated parmesan from a can, and sometimes I’ll sprinkle in a little bit of shredded parmesan for extra texture, but it’s not necessary.
EXPERT TIP: Add a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper on top of each teaspoon of cheese or brown sugar for a hint of heat.
How to Make Them
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil to make cleanup easy. Then lay a flat baking rack or cooling rack on top so the bacon fat can drip down onto the foil.
- Simply place about a teaspoon of cheese or brown sugar on each cracker, wrap it with bacon, and bake until the meat is cooked through.
- The hardest part of this recipe is waiting to eat them! You’ll need to let them cool so they firm up and get crisp.
If you eat them while they’re warm the cracker will be soft due to the rendered fat from the bacon. Let them sit and crisp up for a few minutes first.
Leftovers and Storage
If you have any left over, put them in an air tight container or Ziplock bag, and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat them in the oven to bring them back to life!
I don’t recommend heating them in the microwave as they can get soft and not have that fresh crisp texture.
PARTY TIP: Serve these with a small bowl of your favorite ranch dressing to dip into.
Make Ahead Appetizers
Another reason you’ll love these is that you can make them ahead. That makes them great for brunch parties.
- You can prep each cracker and place on the baking rack and refrigerate overnight. In the morning you can put the rack and baking sheet in the oven to cook.
- Alternatively, you can bake them and freeze for about a month. Then just reheat at 250 degrees F for about 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and bacon is sizzling. If you go this route I suggest under-cooking them initially so when you reheat them they don’t overcook.
More Bacon Wrapped Appetizers
Let the party continue with these delicious bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres and finger foods.
- Always a classic party food, jalapeno poppers with blue cheese wrapped with bacon.
- You’ll find so much texture and flavor in these bacon wrapped chicken bites. There’s no way you can eat just one!
- Amazing bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese is a rich sweet and salty combination, almost like candy.
- If you like the dates with bacon, then you are going to love these bacon wrapped appetizers with apricots and almonds. This crowd pleasing recipe is just slightly sweet, salty, and has a yummy dipping sauce.
- 48 club crackers
- 24 slices Center Cut bacon, cut in half
- 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese or Brown Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Prep for baking by lining a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place a flat wire baking rack on top of it.
- Place 1 teaspoon of the cheese or brown sugar on top of each cracker.
- Cut bacon in half. Wrap bacon around crackers and place on a baking rack, seam side down.
- Bake for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Check on crackers at 1 hour to make sure the cheese is not over done.
- Place aluminum foil over crackers if the cheese is getting too brown, and continue cooking until bacon is cooked to desired crispness.
- Let sit and cool so the crackers can crisp up, before serving.