No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

20 Mar

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

As I may have mentioned before, we have two long-haired cats. They’re adorable, cuddly, and (mostly) sweet putter tats. But they’re long-haired. Which is basically a nightmare to vacuum/clean/keep from looking mangy. Their long hair also makes them look about 10 pounds heavier than they really are, which in cat-weight is pretty darn hefty looking.

Over the past few months, we’ve toyed with the idea of getting them shaved. I know, I know. It will make them look like weird, little rats, but the benefit of no hair is enticing. But before we could make a final decision on this, the hubs thought he could double as a barber and decided to start chopping their hair off with some scissors. Needless to say, they now have wildly uneven coats of hair. Can’t decide which is preferable: shaved rat cats or Homemade Hairstyles by Hubs.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

Here’s a recipe that doesn’t involve scissors or cats. In fact, it’s so easy that it doesn’t even involve your stove. That’s right, a no-bake beauty with only three ingredients.

I am forever indebted to Tess for introducing me to these devilishly easy “cookies.” They’re the perfect combination of salty and sweet, and who can resist the peanut butter/chocolate combo? (No one in their right mind, that’s who.)

I list measurements in the recipe, but feel free to adapt to however many you want or need at the moment. These are simple, and I’d venture to say a definite staple for your recipe box.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker CookiesThe cast of characters.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker CookiesStep 1 = a no-brainer.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

Make cute cracker sandwiches.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker CookiesDip cracker sandwiches in melted chocolate and top with chopped peanuts for fanciness or leave them plain and smooth.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

Let the chocolate harden up for at least 20 minutes or else you may notice an embarrassing chocolate stain on your face a few hours later when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

48 Ritz crackers
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 12-ounce bag of chocolate candy melts (or chocolate chips)
chopped peanuts (optional, for topping)

Directions

Spread 24 Ritz crackers with a layer of peanut butter. Top each peanut butter cracker with the remaining cracker halves to make a peanut butter cracker sandwich. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate. I do this on 50% power for 1 minute. Then stir the chocolate and continue microwaving on 50% power for 30-second intervals until melted. Using a fork, dip each cracker sandwich in the melted chocolate and remove to to the cookie sheet. Ā Immediately top with chopped peanuts (if using). Let the cookies rest for at least 20 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.

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9 Responses to “No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cracker Cookies”

  1. Tess March 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Awwww, putter tats. šŸ™‚
    A classic recipe that really should be a staple in all households. Especially mine.

    • Adrianne March 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      You got me hooked!!

  2. Uncle Julian March 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Okay I now want to see pictures of the cats after your husband clipped them šŸ™‚

    • Adrianne March 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      It’s not a pretty sight!

  3. Zach Robertson March 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Perfect – just in time for April USCG weigh-ins! šŸ™‚

    Okay, for someone who always screws up his chocolate treats (except brownies – I’ve got those down solid), how are you dipping them? Just with your fingers, tongs, on a spoon? I don’t want to mess this up… šŸ˜‰

    • Adrianne March 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Zach, perfect! So I used a fork to dip them in the melted chocolate and put them on the cookie sheet to rest. I’ll add that to the instructions!

      • Zach Robertson March 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

        Brilliant! šŸ™‚

  4. Melody March 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    These look so good, but I suck at dipping stuff too! I dipped Oreos for something once, and half of them broke or slid off and disappeared in the chocolate. I think we need a video of your technique.

    • Adrianne March 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      I should do a video! It might help if you use chocolate candy melts instead of chocolate chips because it is made for dipping and has a great consistency for coating things.

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