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Easy Parmesan Bacon Crackers Recipe

We love these super-easy Parmesan bacon crackers, which always elicit oohs and ahhhs when you bring a plate of them to a gathering.

The bacon slow-cooks and turns perfectly brown and crispy, and the drippings infuse the crackers with divine bacon-y flavor. A sprinkling of Parmesan cheese adds even more savory flavor.

We like to use club crackers for this recipe, because the rectangular shape is the perfect fit for 1/3 slice of bacon. (If you like Chicken in a Biskit crackers, be sure to check out our recipe for Candied Bacon Wrapped Crackers, too!)

Bacon crackers baked with Parmesan cheese piled on a white plate.

Why These Crispy Bacon Cracker Snacks are Worth Making

  • You can make them ahead of time, so you can enjoy the party.
  • They’re simple to assemble and bake.
  • Your friends will rave about these bacon crackers. Promise!
  • They freeze well (see directions below).

The Ingredients You’ll Need

A pound of bacon, a sleeve of 36 club crackers, and a white bowl with shredded Parmesan cheese.
Shredded Parmesan cheese, club crackers and thick sliced bacon

You might already have the three ingredients on hand to make these tasty appetizers: thick sliced bacon, club crackers and shredded Parmesan cheese. You’ll love how these simple ingredients make such tasty appetizers!

Step by Step Directions 

After preheating the oven to 250 degrees F, arrange the crackers in a single layer on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

30 club crackers arranged in rows on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle each cracker with a teaspoon of shredded Parmesan cheese and top with 1/3 slice bacon.

Close up of 16 club crackers sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and topped with bacon pieces.

Sprinkle the bacon with a little more Parmesan cheese.

Uncooked bacon crackers sprinkled with parmesan on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for an hour, or until bacon is browned and crisp.

Cooked bacon crackers on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Drain on paper towels, cool for 5 to 10 minutes (crackers will crisp as they cool), and serve.

Pro Tips for Success

Sometimes raw bacon that has been wrapped in a plastic package will have excess moisture. Blotting it with paper towels first will help up cook up nice and crisp.

If some of the bacon crackers cook faster than others, simply remove the crispy ones, rearrange the remaining crackers and continue baking until brown and crispy.

Freezing and Reheating Directions

After cooking the bacon crackers, cool them completely on a wire rack. Stack them inside a zip lock freezer bag and tuck them in the freezer. They will freeze nicely for 3 to 4 weeks.

To reheat the crackers, remove them from the freezer, arrange them on a baking sheet and let them thaw for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and heat them until they’re hot and crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Bacon Holiday Appetizers

These bacon crackers are a perfect holiday hors d’oeuvre recipe, and they join some of our other favorites such as:

Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Maple Candied Bacon Recipe

Tater Tots and Bacon Cheese Bites

Twenty bacon crackers with Parmesan cheese stacked on a plate for serving.


Can I make these bacon crackers with regular sliced bacon instead of thick sliced?

Yes, just reduce your cooking time and keep an eye on them toward the end of cooking so the bacon doesn’t overcook.

Can I make these with crackers other than club crackers?

You sure can. The club crackers’ rectangular shape makes them a good fit for the bacon, but feel free to experiment with other cracker shapes and sizes.

Can I substitute grated Parmesan cheese instead of shredded?

Yes. You can even use the grated cheese in the green can if that’s all you have on hand.

This appetizer recipe is adapted from the original recipe in BENSA founder Eliza Cross’s bestselling cookbook 101 Things To Do With Bacon (Gibbs Smith, publisher).

Be sure to check out our HUGE roundup of 52 Best Bacon Appetizers!

You might also enjoy the Crackers with Bacon web story.

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Parmesan Bacon Crackers piled on a white plate.

Parmesan Bacon Crackers

Eliza Cross
This easy Parmesan Bacon Crackers recipe is sure to be a hit at your next party. These appetizers are simple to make and so good!
4.70 from 91 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Bacon Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 178 kcal


  • 2 large baking sheets
  • Cutting board
  • parchment paper
  • paper towels


  • 36 buttery rectangular crackers, like club crackers
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 12 strips thick-sliced bacon, cut into thirds


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Arrange 18 crackers in a single layer on each of the two baking sheets.
  • Sprinkle each cracker with a generous teaspoon of Parmesan cheese and top with 1/3 slice bacon. Sprinkle each bacon slice with a pinch more Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for an hour, or until bacon is browned and crisp. 
  • Drain on paper towels and serve warm. Makes 36 pieces.


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Serving: 4piecesCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 9gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 518mgSugar: 1g
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Keyword appetizers, bacon appetizers
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About Eliza & BENSA

BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon. Learn more about BENSA...

21 thoughts on “Easy Parmesan Bacon Crackers Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    There are so many details that you have provided in this bacon crackers post that will ease the making of it. I am sure it is a perfect appetizer as well.

  2. 5 stars
    Such a fantastic appetizer for gatherings and celebrations! The flavors with the bacon and parmesan are incredible, and I love how easily the crackers come together.


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