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If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter these fool-proof Ritz Cracker Christmas Cookies are perfect for you!
My Ritz Cracker Christmas Cookies are a super festive and really easy-to-make holiday treat. They have Ritz Crackers as their base, filled with smooth and creamy peanut butter, dunked in melted white chocolate and decorated with cheerful red and green sprinkles.
You will love the slightly salty and crisp texture of the crackers, the rich and nutty flavors of the peanut butter and how it compliments the sweetness of the melted chocolate. It’s a perfect contrast of textures and flavors and the final touch of holiday sprinkles makes them an excellent choice for Christmas parties or holiday gatherings.
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- Ritz Crackers: these crackers work perfectly for this easy to make holiday dessert. They have a light and flaky texture and this melt-in-your-mouth quality that I think makes them so popular. They have a mild, buttery taste and the perfect amount of saltiness.
- Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers: these wafers melt easily in the microwave so there is no fuss over melting over a double boiler or risk of burning the chocolate. It melts easily in a minute or 2 in the microwave. If you can’t find the melting wafer, I recommend melting regular white chocolate chips with some coconut oil so you get a nice and smooth melted white chocolate.
- Peanut butter: Choose a creamy peanut butter or any nut butter of choice. I usually use Skippy!
- Holiday sprinkles: makes them festive and fun!
Step by Step Directions
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- Place peanut butter on one side of the Ritz cracker.
- Sandwich the cookie with another cracker.
- Dunk in melted white chocolate.
- Decorate with sprinkles and flaky sea salt!
- Choose quality chocolate and peanut butter for the best results.
- Melt the chocolate properly so it stays smooth and glossy.
- When dipping or spreading the chocolate onto the crackers, aim for an even coat. Too much chocolate can overpower the other flavors, and too little won’t provide enough coverage.
- Keep in mind that chocolate can melt at room temperature. If you’re serving these cookies at a party, make sure they stay cool enough to maintain their texture and appearance.
- Clear a large space in your kitchen for preparation. Having enough room to dip, decorate, and set the cookies will make the process more efficient and enjoyable.
- White Chocolate and Peppermint: Dip the crackers in melted white chocolate and sprinkle crushed peppermint candies or candy canes on top for a festive twist.
- Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Drizzle: Spread peanut butter on the crackers and dip in milk or dark chocolate. Once set, drizzle with a contrasting chocolate, like white chocolate, for a decorative finish.
- Caramel and Sea Salt: Top the crackers with a thin layer of caramel, then dip in chocolate and sprinkle with a touch of sea salt for a sweet and savory treat.
- Nutty Toppings: After dipping in chocolate, sprinkle chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts for added texture and flavor.
- Coconut Delight: Mix shredded coconut into the melted chocolate before dipping the crackers, giving a tropical twist to the traditional recipe.
- Fruity Flavors: Top with a small dollop of raspberry or strawberry jam before adding the chocolate layer for a fruity surprise.
- Dark Chocolate and Orange Zest: Use dark chocolate for dipping and sprinkle freshly grated orange zest on top for a citrusy note.
- S’mores Style: Spread marshmallow fluff on the crackers before dipping in chocolate, and optionally sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs for a s’mores-inspired variation.
- Toffee Crunch: Add crushed toffee bits to the chocolate for a crunchy addition.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- You can freeze these Ritz Cracker Christmas cookies for longer storage. Place them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
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- 2 sleeves Ritz Crackers, ~60 crackers
- 20 oz. Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers
- 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 1/4 cup festive holiday sprinkles
- flaky sea salt, for finishing
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- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay out 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers with the flat side facing up.2 sleeves Ritz Crackers, ~60 crackers
- Spread ~2 tsp. of peanut butter on each cracker, I usually just eyeball it and make sure it's a nice thick layer of peanut butter.1 cup creamy peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- Carefully place another cracker on top to create a sandwich, with the rounded side up. (2 crackers per cookie)
- Place the white chocolate melting wafers in a microwave safe bowl and heat until melted. I usually heat for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute and stir again. It should be melted and smooth. You can add coconut oil into your white chocolate to help with the melting, but if you have the wafers it's not necessary.20 oz. Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers , 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
- Once chocolate is melted and smooth, dunk each cookie into the white chocolate so it's coated completely and set back on the parchment paper. I like to use a fork to dunk in the chocolate and be sure to tap excess melted chocolate off. Drizzle any extra white chocolate on top of cookies.
- Finish the cookies with sprinkles and flaky sea salt and repeat with the remaining cookies. Allow the chocolate to set up, then serve & enjoy!1/4 cup festive holiday sprinkles, flaky sea salt, for finishing
- Use can also use dark chocolate melting wafers instead of white.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Photography: photos taken in this post are by Megan from The Broke Girl Table.