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Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups – Made with Ritz crackers, creamy peanut butter, and melted chocolate, these chocolate peanut butter cups are a family favorite holiday candy recipe!
Ritz cracker chocolate peanut butter cups are another Christmas treat I’ve made for years. My family can’t go a Christmas without making this delectable Christmas candy.
When I was a kid, my mom would make these and chocolate peanut butter balls (buckeye candy) every single Christmas.
I remember we’d store them in the stairwell of our old farmhouse because there was no heat and they’d stay nice and chilled there. My bedroom was at the top of said stairwell, so of course, I’d help myself as I climbed past on the way to my room.
Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are so easy to make! You need a grand total of 3 ingredients to make them, unless you want to get creative and add extras. But they’re delicious just the way they are.
I mean, if you think about it, what goes together better than chocolate and peanut butter? And these bite-sized desserts give both a crispy and a creamy texture, definitely the best of both worlds.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE FOR RITZ CRACKER CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS?
If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the scrumptious peanut butter cups recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.
TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
Gather your ingredients and supplies. You’ll need Ritz Crackers, creamy peanut butter, melting chocolate (I recommend Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers, which I will tell you… I’ve found the best deal on them at Sam’s Club), wax paper, a table knife, 2 forks or a set of tongs, and a cookie sheet.
Use your knife to spread peanut butter between 2 Ritz Crackers, sandwiching the crackers together.
Put a sheet of wax paper on your cookie sheet. Set all your peanut butter cracker sandwiches on the wax paper covered cookie sheet, in preparation for dipping.
HOW TO PREP THE CHOCOLATE FOR DIPPING
First, make sure the chocolate is melted and ready to go. Depending on the chocolate you decide to use, you can melt it a couple different ways:
- Melt it using a double boiler on the stove – This is basically a pan inside of another pan with boiling water in the bottom pan. It allows for more even melting without burning, and it also keeps the chocolate warm for dipping.
- Melt it in the microwave – This is usually the route I go.
Also, depending on the type of chocolate used, some people like to add shortening or paraffin wax to their chocolate as it melts. This allows for a thinner coat and stretches your chocolate a little further.
If you use a good quality chocolate, you likely won’t need this step.
I started using Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers a few years ago, and I love them so much better than almond bark. They’re so much easier to work with, and they have fantastic flavor.
I usually opt for my large glass measuring cup (because its depth makes dipping easier) and melting the chocolate wafers in the microwave.
TIPS FOR DIPPING PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS IN CHOCOLATE
Once the chocolate is melted, dip each cracker sandwich in the melted chocolate, using the forks or tongs. Shake any excess chocolate off before placing back on the wax paper to dry.
When all your crackers have been dipped, chill them in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove them from the freezer and place in an airtight container or festive Christmas tin (lined with wax paper) in the fridge. They can be kept out, but they won’t keep as long as they will if you keep them in the fridge.
ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS AND IDEAS FOR RITZ CRACKER PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
- Use marshmallow fluff instead of peanut butter in between the crackers.
- Add a layer of marshmallow fluff, along with the peanut butter, for an even creamier treat.
- Use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy, especially if you like a crunchier treat.
- Double or triple the layers on your cracker sandwiches, using more crackers and more peanut butter for a triple layer peanut butter cup.
- Instead of dipping in chocolate, dip the cracker sandwiches in white chocolate, melted butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, mint chocolate chips, etc. The sky’s the limit.
- Drizzle the dipped crackers with white chocolate or dark chocolate. Or double dip, dipping half of each cracker in chocolate and half in white chocolate… You get the idea.
- Add sprinkles on top of each peanut butter cup, before the chocolate hardens.
And if you’re looking for more holiday recipe inspiration, check out my list of favorite Christmas Recipes for Your Holiday Celebrations.
KITCHEN TOOLS YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS CANDY RECIPE
Wax Paper – This keeps the melted chocolate from sticking to the cookie sheet when it hardens. Plus, it makes for super easy cleanup.
Glass Measuring Cup – I love using mine to melt the chocolate and to dip in the chocolate. It’s taller than most bowls, so it’s easier for dipping.
Tongs – You can use tongs or even 2 forks to help coat the crackers and lift them out of the melted chocolate and place them on the wax paper.
Cookie Sheet – to hold all of your chocolate peanut butter cups.
RITZ CRACKER CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS RECIPE
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Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, made with Ritz crackers, creamy peanut butter, and melted chocolate. Family favorite holiday candy recipe!
- Use your knife to spread peanut butter between two Ritz Crackers, sandwiching the crackers together.
- Set all your peanut butter cracker sandwiches on the wax paper covered cookie sheet, in preparation for dipping.
- Melt the chocolate according to package directions. I like to go the easy route, using my large glass measuring cup and melting the wafers in the microwave.*
- Once the chocolate is melted, dip each cracker sandwich in the melted chocolate, using the forks or tongs. Shake any excess chocolate off before placing back on the wax paper to dry.
- When all your crackers have been dipped, chill them in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
*You can also melt the chocolate using a double boiler on the stove. This is basically a pan inside of another pan with boiling water in the bottom pan. It allows for more even melting without burning, and it also keeps the chocolate warm for dipping.