Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

These chocolate covered crackers are stuffed with creamy peanut butter and topped with cute Christmas sprinkles. I like to pipe a wreath of white chocolate on the top of the coated crackers and then top them off with Christmas sprinkles for a cute Christmas wreath look. The best part about making these chocolate covered peanut butter crackers is that no baking is required and they are super easy to make! These are a must have for our holiday cookie trays and are perfect for snacking on as well. If you would enjoy more holiday treats, be sure to scroll down below the recipe card for a list of our Christmas favorites.

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Chocolate peanut butter Ritz cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

marilynpeight
These simple treats are fun to make and so fun to eat! The simple peanut butter and cracker sandwiches are coated with chocolate and then decorated however you please for special holiday occasions and more.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl (linked below)
  • Parchment paper (linked below)
  • baking sheets (linked below)
  • double broiler (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 24 Ritz crackers
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate melting wafers *see note

Optional toppings:

  • Christmas sprinkles or sprinkles of your choice
  • white chocolate for drizzling
  • coarse sea salt
  • crushed candy canes

Instructions
 

  • Place 12 Ritz crackers (bottoms up) on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1/2-1 teaspoon of peanut butter over each cracker, then top with the remaining crackers to sandwich the peanut butter in between.
  • Melt the chocolate melting wafers in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval. Or melt the wafers in a double broiler over medium-low heat (with water simmering in the bottom section of the broiler). Stir the chocolate until fully melted. Coat the cracker sandwiches in melted chocolate using a fork or spatula to coat the crackers on all sides, top and bottom. Place the coated cracker sandwiches onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Add sprinkles or sea salt onto the coated crackers, then chill them in the refrigerator until the chocolate is hardened. If you wish to decorate the tops of the cookies with white chocolate, chill the cookies until the chocolate coating is hardened before decorating with white chocolate. Additional decorating ideas and instructions below.

Notes

You can also use 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips for the coating. Be sure to use chocolate chips that are fresh for the best melting results. 
Melt chocolates over low heat as the chocolates can burn easily. If microwaving, be sure to stir every 30 seconds or more to avoid burning the chocolate. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Chocolate covered peanut butter cookies, Ritz crackers, no bake, holiday cookies
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Equipment needed for these chocolate covered peanut butter Ritz cookies:

  • Mixing bowl I like to use a stainless steel mixing bowl for melting the chocolate (see tips on melting chocolate without a double broiler or microwave below) and for coating the cracker and peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Parchment paper Parchment paper is needed to place the chocolate coated crackers onto. Using parchment paper makes removing the crackers once chilled much easier.
  • Baking sheets Baking sheets are nice to have for transferring the chocolate coated crackers to the refrigerator and back.
  • Double broiler A double broiler is nice to have for melting chocolate, and also allows you to be able to control the temperatures better than a microwave does.

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Ingredients needed for these chocolate peanut butter Ritz cookies: Ritz crackers, peanut butter, chocolate melting wafers, sprinkles and white chocolate (optional).

Can I use other crackers if I don’t have Ritz crackers on hand?

Definitely! As you may be able to tell in the photo, I used a different brand of crackers that I found in a local grocery store. The chocolate covered crackers still tasted great, but my preference will always be the buttery taste of Ritz crackers when I can find them.

Step 1: Place 12 Ritz crackers (bottoms up) on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1/2-1 teaspoon of peanut butter over each cracker, then top with the remaining crackers to sandwich the peanut butter in between.

Can I use crunchy peanut butter in these chocolate covered Ritz cookies?

I would say yes, if it’s spreadable go for it! I personally only keep creamy peanut butter in my pantry because it is very versatile for baking, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and more. But, if I did have crunchy peanut butter on hand I would definitely give it a go on these crackers!

Step 2: Melt the chocolate melting wafers in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval. Or melt the wafers in a double broiler over medium-low heat, stirring until fully melted. Coat the cracker sandwiches in melted chocolate using a fork or spatula to coat the crackers on all sides, top and bottom. Place the coated cracker sandwiches onto the baking sheet lined with parchment.

What can I use to melt chocolate other than a double broiler or microwave?

I personally don’t have a double broiler and am not a huge fan of melting chocolate in the microwave since I’ve had too much chocolate burn on me while melting in the microwave. I use a heatproof stainless steel bowl, then I fit it on top of a small sauce pan with water simmering beneath. As long as the bottom of the bowl is not touching the simmering water and is heatproof, this method works well. Be careful not to allow the water to get too hot or it will begin to fuss and bubble around and outside of the bowl fitted on top.

Step 3: Add sprinkles or sea salt onto the coated crackers, then chill them in the refrigerator (or leave them at room temp.) until the chocolate is hardened. If you wish to decorate the tops of the cookies with white chocolate, chill the cookies until the chocolate coating is hardened before decorating with white chocolate.

Additional decorating ideas:

For the Christmas wreath look shown above: place melted white chocolate or yogurt bark into a zip-lock bag. Snip a small bit of the end from one corner, then pipe connecting dots of white chocolate around the cracker (after the milk chocolate has chilled and hardened). Sprinkle Christmas sprinkles onto the warm white chocolate, shaking off the excess sprinkles. Place the Christmas tree (could also use gold or silver dots, star sprinkles etc.) sprinkles around the circle of sprinkles and white chocolate to create the wreath look.

Candy canes: You can also sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate while still warm, or press crushed candy canes onto the sides of the coated crackers.

White chocolate: White chocolate can be drizzled on top of the chocolate covered crackers once the chocolate has hardened, or you can try a swirled look on top of the crackers by blending the white chocolate and milk chocolate together with a skewer or toothpick while the chocolate is still warm.

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