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Use white chocolate candy melts for these Ritz Cracker cookie sandwich treats, or make them with almond bark or melted chocolate. The pictured cookies were made with Halloween in mind, but other colored candy melts and sprinkles can be used for just about any holiday or special occasion.
This recipe will make about 30 Ritz Cracker treats. Feel free to double the ingredients for a crowd.
For decorating ideas and some other helpful tips, see the tips and variations below the recipe.
- 60 Ritz Crackers (2 sleeves)
- 1 pound candy melts (or almond bark, chocolate or white chocolate)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- Optional: sprinkles or colored sugars to match the season
Line baking sheets with wax paper.
Spread a cracker with a thick layer of peanut butter. Gently press another cracker onto the peanut butter layer to make a sandwich cookie.
Repeat with the remaining crackers.
Melt the almond bark or candy melts in a microwave oven or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water as directed on the package.
Dip each sandwich cookie in the melted chocolate or almond bark. With a fork, lift the cookie out and shake gently to let the excess drip off. Place the cookies on the wax paper-lined pan.
Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle the treats with colorful decorating sugar or candy sprinkles. Refrigerate until firm.
Store in a cool place in an airtight container for up to one week.
Tips and Variations
Replace the creamy peanut butter with chunky peanut butter.
Fill the Ritz crackers with Nutella or chocolate spread instead of peanut butter.
To make homemade dipping chocolate, melt 3 cups of chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons of vegetable shortening in a double boiler over very warm water. Stir to blend. Make sure you do not get even a drop of water or liquid in the chocolate. Dip the assembled Ritz treats in the melted chocolate and set on the wax paper-lined pan. Decorate as desired.
You can find candy melts in a variety of colors. To make colored candy melts with white chocolate melts or bark, melt as directed on the package. Add food coloring—preferably gel food coloring—to the melted chocolate until you have the desired shade. You can do this ahead of time; pipe wafer-sized drops of the melted colored candy onto parchment paper. Let it dry and then remove to a container. Re-melt over simmering water or in the microwave oven.
Christmas Treats: Use red, green, and white sprinkles.
Easter Treats: Use pastels; yellow, lavender, pink, light green, etc.
St. Patrick's Day Treats: Use a deep shade of green and bright yellow.
July Fourth Treats: Use red, white, and blue.
Thanksgiving Treats: Use orange, yellow, and brown.