Slow Running and Kit Kat Bars

by Joanne on November 29, 2010

It was definitely Monday.  I woke up SO not in the mood to get up and hit the gym.  I got dressed and went to the top of the stairs where Shane was sleeping.  I sat with him, rubbing his belly, hugging his soft furry little self and soaking up his warmth.  That couldn’t last, I had to get this thing done. 

The schedule: 45 min. Treadmill run + Light Leg strengthening and stretching + 35 min. outside run.  

What REALLY happened:  30 min. Treadmill run + light leg workout and stretching + 44 min. outside run.  It was slow. No speed work on the treadmill and certainly no great gains outside. It was cool but I dressed for it.  A lot of skunk odor in the air: LE PEW! That made me nervous.  It seemed everyone may have been in the same lazy mood I was because there were very few cars or people out.  Todays miles: 8 plus a little bit.

The long weekend spoiled me.  I’m  ready for some more vacation time.

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

What’s “healthy” about something that is NOT healthy?  To me it’s a bit of sensory stimulation and a reward for eating right, exercising daily, and helping myself feel and be the best that I can be.  So now and then, there is a recipe that pops into my head that veers from the defined “healthy food”category  and is just plain  all out GOOD!  This is one of those recipes.  It has sugar..GASP!  It has butter..GASP!  It has heavy cream..choke, spit, GASP, gag!  Yes, this recipe has all those wonderful things we try to avoid for the better part of the year but let ourselves indulge a little bit around the holidays.  Are you ready?  This is a good one.


Kit Kat Bars


  • 3 rolls of Ritz Crackers
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 1 TBS unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (you can use milk if you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

In a large pot over low heat, add the graham cracker crumbs, sugars, butter, and cream.   Allow the butter to melt and continue to heat over low for 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the mixture, so stir often.

In a 9 x 13 pan, place a single layer of Ritz Crackers. 


Pour HALF of the graham crumb mixture over the crackers.  Add another layer of crackers.  Pour the remaining graham mix over the top. Add another layer of crackers (*I ran out of crackers so I spit some Waffle cones and used those).

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Over low heat, melt the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and peanut butter until smooth. 


Pour this on top of the last layer of crackers and spread so it’s nice and even.


Let cool then cut into desired squares, rectangles…whatever shape you like.


These are sweet. These are good.


Do they REALLY taste like Kit Kats?  Well…you tell me. ENJOY!

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  • At 2010.11.29 07:12, Heather said:

    Holy heck – these look amazing! What a great way to start my Monday!! 🙂

    • At 2010.11.29 14:12, Joanne said:

      Thanks. I needed something to jump start my day…it never happend. I’m still trying to wake up. 🙁

      • At 2010.11.29 12:12, Amanda @ baking w/o a box said:

        Dang lady! Making me lust after food this early on a Monday morning. Awesome job on the 8 miles mostly in the cold. Heck that’s a great job just getting up the urge to move on this sluggish post-holiday Monday.

        • At 2010.11.29 14:13, Joanne said:

          Thanks Amanda. Happy Monday!

          • At 2010.11.29 12:37, Monet said:

            I want to stay home from work and make these bars! Wow! They look so tasty. I have had a hard time getting back into the swing of things today. I want my holiday weekend back! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

            • At 2010.11.29 14:13, Joanne said:

              Me too – stay home from work and cook up some more holiday treats.

              • At 2010.11.29 13:09, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                Oh! I haven’t had KitKats in AGES! I really should try to make these too 😛

                • At 2010.11.29 14:14, Joanne said:

                  KitKats used to be my mother’s favorite. But then she moved on to Cadbury Fruit and Nut. Maybe that will be next on my baking list.

                  • At 2010.11.29 14:16, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                    Wow. Wow. Those look good. Kind of like that faux almond roca made with saltines, the name of which escapes me right now.

                    • At 2010.11.29 21:47, Anabela said:

                      My daughter loves Kit Kat and sure they aren’t healthy but I rather her have them made by me than factory made. I may try those during the holidays! Thanks!

                      • At 2010.11.29 22:31, Amy said:

                        Your Kit Kats look delicious, and I am sure they have much better flavor than the store bought!

                        • At 2010.12.01 21:56, Karen said:

                          I made these tonight, and they are genius! Even better than Kit Kats….they have the whole sweet-salty combo going on. I couldn’t even wait for them to cool before I dove in.

                          Next time I might try the rectangular-shaped Club crackers instead of Ritz crackers. I think it might be easier to spread the graham cracker mixture over.

                          Thanks for the recipe! It’s a keeper.

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