Family Favorite Chocolate Ritz Peanut Butter Crackers
At our house, if everyone could choose just one cookie for Christmas, it would be a huge plate of chocolate Ritz peanut butter crackers. This easy no-bake tidbit covers it all; sweet, salty, crunchy, and chocolatey. For us, peanut butter and chocolate are the holy grail of Christmas deliciousness.
Peanut butter and chocolate are one of the most well-loved flavor combinations of them all. A cookie or treat containing chocolate and peanut butter is at the top of the favorites list for almost everyone. It’s a fantastic combination; who can deny it? Do you ever wonder why?
Our busy little tastebuds love it when we eat foods with contrasting flavors and textures. These yummy goodies make our tastebuds sing and dance with that classic sweet/salty, crisp, and crunchy combination and the added creaminess of the thick coating of chocolate! Add some holiday sprinkles, and you up the game with more crackle and texture.
Just 3 Things Needed For A Batch Sprinkles Are Optional
Begin by covering a large, rimmed baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. If you have trouble getting the paper to lay flat, spritz a little non-stick spray on the baking pan and pat the paper in place. Lay out Ritz crackers with the flat side up in rows.
Use a table knife to spread creamy peanut butter on each cracker. I always choose Jif peanut butter! Use two to three teaspoons of peanut butter; no one wants a skimpy peanut butter middle! Now put a second cracker on top with the flat side on top of the peanut butter, and you are ready to dip.
For dipping, you can use chocolate chips, candy melts, or almond bark. I found a handy product at Walmart that included a disposable microwavable tray for melting the chocolate almond bark. It worked well, and I just tossed it in the trash when I was done.
You can also use a double boiler to melt the chocolate and keep it warm while dipping. I do not have a double boiler, so another time, I put an oven-proof glass bowl on top of a saucepan with some water in it. It must be an oven-proof bowl, and the water shouldn’t boil but simmer.
There does not need to be enough water in the pot to touch the bottom of the bowl. As the water simmers, it generates enough gentle heat to melt the chocolate. A little shortening will help the chips achieve a perfectly melty consistency if you use chocolate chips.
I used a fork to plop each cookie into the melted chocolate, give it a roll, and set it on my parchment-covered cookie sheet to harden. I’m sure wax paper would work well on your pan, too.
Before the chocolate hardened, I added some holiday sprinkles for a festive touch. You might try sprinkling flaky salt on the cookies to enhance the sweet/salty flavor.
Another idea would be to melt some white chocolate or peanut butter chips in a baggie and snip off a corner to drizzle on cute contrasting stripes after they have had time to set up.
I think garnishes elevate the appearance of chocolate Ritz peanut butter crackers, but believe me, these taste fabulous, even unadorned!
There’s No Limit To Chocolate Ritz Peanut Butter Crackers
As I was spreading peanut butter on crackers, it dawned on me that if I was in a big pinch for time, I could use Ritz’s Peanut Butter Crackers that already have peanut butter inside. We always have them on hand! We love them, and while there would not be as much peanut butter inside, it would be a huge time saver!
Ritz also makes a mini version of peanut butter-filled crackers called Ritz Bits, and they would be incredibly tasty dipped in chocolate! This treat is amazing, big or small, pre-packaged, or you spread them yourself!
Use marshmallow cream or frosting inside the Ritz Crackers instead of peanut butter! And don’t limit yourself to chocolate coating! Use vanilla almond bark, baking chips, dark chocolate, or peanut butter chips.
- 72 full size Ritz crackers
- about 1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter
- One pound chocolate almond bark
- Holiday sprinkles, optional
- Use parchment or wax paper to cover a large baking pan with a rim.
- Lay 36 Ritz Crackers on the baking sheet with the flat side up.
- Spread peanut butter on each cracker with a table knife.
- Place another Ritz cracker on top of the peanut butter with the flat side down.
- Melt almond bark and use a fork.to dip each cookie in the chocolate to coat. If there are spots not covered, drizzle on a little melted chocolate.
- If desired, add holiday sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.
- Keep refrigerated or in a cool place. These freeze very well.
Most important, remember these yummy morsels are not just for Christmas! They are perfect for every season, holiday, and occasion!
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