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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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- Put a sheet of wax paper on your cookie sheet.
- 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.
- 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.
*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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 7g Sodium: 65mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Protein: 3g