Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

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Simple no bake recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cracker cookies, the perfect dessert for parties and holidays with friends and family.

stacked chocolate covered Ritz cracker cookies on a baking sheet with wax paper

Ritz cookies are another one of our favorite treats during the holiday season, and I’ve made them for years. My family can’t go a Christmas without making them, and they even make great Valentine’s Day and Easter candies.

When I was a kid, my mom would make these and peanut butter balls 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.

Chocolate Ritz crackers 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? As a sweet and salty treat, they’re the best of both worlds.

bite out of chocolate covered Ritz crackers with peanut butter, stacked on white plate

If you’re looking for more homemade candy, you may enjoy making homemade chocolate covered cherries and chocolate covered almond coconut trees.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE CARD FOR RITZ CRACKER COOKIES?

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 recipe for Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE RITZ PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS

  • Put a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet.
  • Use a knife to spread peanut butter between 2 Ritz Crackers, sandwiching the crackers together.
  • Set all your peanut butter cracker sandwiches on the wax paper covered baking sheet, in preparation for dipping.
making Ritz peanut butter crackers with creamy peanut butter

HOW TO PREP THE CHOCOLATE FOR DIPPING

You’ll need melted chocolate that’s 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 using a microwave safe bowl – This is usually the route I go.

Also, depending on the type of chocolate used (chocolate almond bark, candy melts, or chocolate chips), some people like to use shortening or paraffin wax, adding it into their chocolate as it melts.

This allows for a thinner coat and stretches the chocolate a little further. But 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 using my large glass measuring cup for melting the chocolate wafers in the microwave. Its depth makes dipping easier.

making peanut butter Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate with Pyrex glass measuring cup and tongs

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS

  • Once the chocolate is melted, dip each cracker sandwich in the melted chocolate, using the forks or tongs.
  • Shake off any excess chocolate before placing back on the wax paper to dry.
chocolate covered peanut butter crackers on wax paper covered baking sheet

CAN YOU FREEZE RITZ CRACKER COOKIES?

Yes, you can! In fact, 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 them in an airtight container or festive Christmas tin (lined with wax paper) in the fridge. They can be kept out at room temperature, but they won’t keep as long as they will if you keep them in the fridge or freezer.

ALTERNATIVE RECIPE IDEAS FOR RITZ COOKIES

  • 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 treat.
  • 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 of your Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate, before the chocolate hardens.

LOOKING FOR MORE HOLIDAY RECIPES?

Check out my list of favorite Christmas and Holiday Recipes!

SHOP KITCHEN TOOLS FOR THIS 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 covered Ritz crackers.

Airtight Storage Container or Festive Christmas Tin – Love using my old Christmas tins to hold all our holiday goodies. They’re festive and even fun to give as gifts.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

Simple no bake recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cracker cookies, the perfect dessert for parties and holidays with friends and family.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Christmas, Dessert, Holiday
Keyword chocolate Ritz crackers, Ritz cookies, Ritz cracker cookies, Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 173 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Instructions

  1. Put a sheet of wax paper on your cookie sheet.
  2. Use your knife to spread peanut butter between two Ritz Crackers, sandwiching the crackers together.
  3. Set all your peanut butter cracker sandwiches on the wax paper covered cookie sheet, in preparation for dipping.
  4. 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.*
  5. 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.
  6. When all your crackers have been dipped, chill them in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the freezer and place in an airtight container or holiday tin. Store them in a cool place; I usually just stick them in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

*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.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

9 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies”

  1. I always spend a few afternoons in the beginning of December making all kinds of Christmas candies and goodies – then whenever we’re invited to a Christmas gathering all I have to do is put together a big platter of the goodies and I’m set to go! I always make pecan tassies, peanut clusters, peanut butter balls, chocolate covered pretzels, no bake cookies, fudge, frosted cut out cookies, toffee and peanut brittle. I think my favorite of it all is the toffee…or pretzels…or peanut clusters….bah! I can’t decide! They’re all too good to pick! We used to make these Ritz sandwiches growing up, I’ve forgotten about them! Definitely getting added to this years list!!

  2. I make about 100 of theses every other month. I take them to the sheriff’s department, local police deptartment, highway patrol and hostpital security. They all love them and it’s just a little way to say Thank you for all you do to keep us safe.

  3. Thank you Mel. It is such a little thing that they seem to really look forward to. And we all know how good we feel when we do something for someone else. We all need to realize how much law enforcement does and the risk they take. Give it a try..It will bless your heart to show some love!!!
    Sandy

  4. Great idea, Mel! One tip if you are not super picky about a shiny chocolate coating then you can use regular milk or dark chocolate chips, melted with 2-3 teaspoons of oil (olive, avocado, canola, vegetable, etc…)added to help with set. Sometimes regular chocolate chips will set with a whitish haze and so some people use melting chips instead which I don’t prefer because I’m not sure of all the ingredients and a lot of times you can get better quality chocolate. Anyways, I thought you might be interested in that. I worked at a handmade chocolate shop for many years and this is how I use chocolate at home for making anything dipped in chocolate, chocolate clusters or truffles. Take care, love your site, pictures, and your ideas are right up my ally with family, food, and the beautiful great outdoors

    • Molly, thank you so much for the tip! Love this. And I love good chocolate chips, so I may have to try this the next time I make a batch. Sounds delicious. Thank you for your kind words, so glad you’re enjoying our many recipes and adventures.

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