How to make chocolate peanut butter Ritz cracker cookies with 3 ingredients! Simple, no bake, sweet and salty recipe perfect for parties and holidays.
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 or rice crispy peanut butter balls, and they make great Valentine's Day and Easter candies too.
When I was a kid, my mom would make Ritz cracker Christmas cookies 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.
If you're looking for more homemade candy, you may enjoy making chocolate peanut butter bars, homemade chocolate covered cherries, and chocolate covered almond coconut trees.
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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 recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card with a longer how to video.
INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED FOR RITZ CRACKER COOKIES:
- Ritz Crackers
- Peanut butter – I prefer creamy. And I LOVE using honey peanut butter.
- Chocolate melting wafers
Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.
KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:
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.
HOW TO MAKE RITZ PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS
First things first, you'll need to prep by placing a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Then…
- 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 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 or Pyrex measuring cup – 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 that extra 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, according to package directions. The depth of my measuring cup makes dipping a lot 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 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!
And my friend Kelly at Eat Picks has a very yummy recipe for homemade Thin Mint cookies.
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Ritz Cracker Cookies
- Glass Measuring Cup
- Wax Paper
- Christmas Tin
- 3 sleeves Ritz Crackers
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 20 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers (or chocolate chips)
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Use a table knife to spread peanut butter between 2 Ritz Crackers, sandwiching the crackers together.
- Set all the cracker sandwiches on the wax paper lined baking sheet, in preparation for dipping.
- Add the chocolate to a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl; and melt, starting at 30 seconds, then stirring every 15-20 seconds, 'til melted and smooth.
- Using 2 forks or tongs, dip each cracker sandwich in the melted chocolate; shake any excess chocolate off before placing back on the wax paper to dry.
- When all the 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. They're best stored in between layers of wax paper in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
24 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies”
Can you use savoy instead of ritz?
Mel, I can’t see why not. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!
How long can you freeze these or is it best to just refrigerate?
Yes, they can be frozen so long as you store them in an airtight container.
I have made these every Christmas for the last 20 years and they are awesome coated in almond bark.
That’s so cool, Debra! Thank You for sharing.