Zakarpatski Palochki (Закарпатские палочки)

These Zakarpatski Palochki are soft honey bars dredged in chocolate and coated with graham crackers and wafer crumbs.

These Poppyseed Cake Bars were inspired by this recipe. If you enjoy these honey bars, you have to give them a try.

Zakarpatski Palochki on a napkin coated in graham crackers and wafers.

I am sure there is a different name for these but this is the name we grew up with. I’m guessing by the name, someone from Zakarpatiya came up with this recipe (just a wild guess, but most likely, it’s a good one ;).). These sweet honey bars are a great dessert to make for parties. I like that they are already individual pieces and you don’t have to worry about cutting them and how you will serve them. These soft bars dredged in chocolate and coated with graham crackers crumbs are so so good. Whenever someone brings them to a party or gathering, there are never leftovers. Kids and adults alike approve. I love to crush the graham crackers and wafers with my handheld blender, so easy. You can also use just flavored wafers (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry, or all three) or coconut flakes instead of graham crackers.

The way you cut these really does not have to be the way I did. You can cut them into squares, or into smaller pieces and not so long. The smaller you cut them, the more chocolate they will have on them. So whatever your preference is.

how to make Zakarpatski Palochki-

  • Cover two 9″x13″ baking pans with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 355°F.
  • Prepare cake– Beat together eggs and sugar for about 5 minutes on high speed.
  • Combine vinegar and baking soda then add to the eggs. Add sour cream and honey and mix.
  • Add in flour and lightly fold in.
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Set cakes aside to cool.
  • Prepare crumbs– With a blender, crush the crackers and wafers until really fine. Place in a large bowl.
  • Prepare the chocolate– In a saucepan aff butter and melt. Combine together cocoa and sugar, add to the melted butter and mix. Add milk and remove from heat. Mixing vigorously until sugar is completely melted.

How to make Zakarpatski Palochki. How to cut the honey cake bars.

  • Making the bars– Cut the cakes into strips or bars. Dip the bars into the cooled chocolate.
  • Then full coat the chocolate-dipped bars into the crackers.
  • Repeat with the remaining cake bars.  
  • ENJOY!

Honey cake bars stacked on top of each other on a napkin.

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5 from 2 votes

Zakarpatski Palochki (Закарпатские палочки)

Soft honey bars dredged in chocolate and coated with graham crackers and wafer crumbs.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: dessert bars
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 190kcal

Ingredients

Cake-

Chocolate-

Crumbs-

  • 2 packs graham crackers 18 crackers
  • 3 vanilla wafers
  • 3 strawberry wafers

Instructions

  • Cover two 9″x13″ baking pans with parchment paper and butter pans. Preheat oven to 355°F.
  • Prepare cake. On medium/high speed, beat eggs and sugar for 5 minutes. Combine the vinegar and baking soda and add to eggs. Also, add the sour cream and honey. Mix about 30-45 seconds, until incorporated.
  • Add one cup flour, mix, add the second cup.
  • Bake 15 – 18 minutes. Check readiness with a toothpick, it should come out clean. Transfer cakes to wire rack to cool. (I go around the cake with a spatula to make sure it’s not sticking to the pan before removing cakes.)
  • Prepare crumbs. Either with a rolling pin in a Ziploc bag or a blender , crush graham crackers and wafers until really fine. Place in large bowl and set aside.
  • Prepare chocolate. Add butter to large pot and place on stove top on medium heat to melt. Meanwhile, mix the cocoa and sugar. Once butter melts, add the sugar/cocoa mixing as you add. Add the milk. Turn off heat but keep pan on. Keep mixing until sugar completely melts, remove from heat to cool.
  • Cut cakes. You can either cut them vertically into about ten strips and horizontally once. Or you can cut them twice horizontally (they will be much smaller)
  • Once both cakes are cut and chocolate has cooled, take the bars, few at a time and completely submerge them into the chocolate.
  • When retrieving (I like using a nylon fork ), pat against the pot so any excess chocolate is left in the pot. (Too much chocolate on the bars will just make the crumbs get wet and mushy.) If the chocolate starts to get too thick, place it back on the stove top.)
  • Coat the bars into the crumbs completely. Place onto a platter.
  • Repeat with the remaining cake bars. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Zakarpatski Palochki (Закарпатские палочки)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Anna 05/20/2019, 3:04 pm Link Reply

    Hi Valentina,

    I have made these as well as the ones with condensed milk and both are very delicious! Do you know if they will be good frozen for a week?

    • Valentina's Corner 05/20/2019, 9:49 pm Link Reply

      They freeze wonderfully for a few months if held in a freezer ziploc bag.

  • Angela 01/04/2017, 10:33 pm Link Reply

    My sister in law dips the chocolate into crumbs of fruit loops. They’re delicious this way!

    • admin 01/05/2017, 7:33 am Link Reply

      Thanks for sharing, Angela. Never heard of that. Will be putting it on my to-try list. ☺

  • Tallya 08/11/2016, 12:54 am Link Reply

    Woah! that’s a whole lot of butter! Any reason why just melted chocolate can’t be used for the chocolate part? Maybe with some coconut oil added to thin it out? These look very pretty though.

    • admin 08/11/2016, 11:47 am Link Reply

      Hi Tallya, honestly, haven’t tried this recipe any other way so I cannot give an honest answer, sorry, I know that’s not helpful?. Your take with the coconut oil/chocolate might work great, but without testing, I cannot be for sure. You can use less butter and just have a thinner coating if you’d like☺. These bars are so so yummy, I’ll have to try to think of a healthier version…☺

  • Julie 12/05/2014, 10:48 pm Link Reply

    Thanks so much dear for this recipe,
    My girls and I enjoyed making and eating them for Thanksgiving!!! They are easy to make and taste very good! I like that we can cut them into smaller pieces and they look like little truffles or like конфетки

    • admin 12/06/2014, 12:06 pm Link Reply

      Julie,
      That’s wonderful. My kiddos are ALWAYS helping me in the kitchen as well. I love having them there, though it takes twice as long with them:\, hehe. Building memories that will be last a lifetime :-)..

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