Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Ritz Cookies are the sweet, salty, chocolatey snack you need in your life.

With zero baking required and just three ingredients–chocolate, Ritz crackers, and peanut butter–they’re a perfect last-minute addition to your holiday cookie tray or party menu.

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Have you ever had Ritz Cookies? I first tasted these cookies when my friend Debbie brought me meals after I came home from the hospital after having my middle son. It’s hard to believe that was 13 years ago already!

(You know what’s even harder to believe? I taught Debbie’s daughter Amanda in Kindergarten almost 20 years ago now and Amanda just had a sweet baby last year!)

Debbie calls these “New Mom Cookies” and they are something that she brings to all new mamas as a special treat just for them. She stashed them in my freezer and I happily snacked on them for several days.

They certainly do the job when you need a little something sweet and comforting to get you through the day or those long new baby nights.

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Ever since then, these have been my “can’t resist it” treat when I’m craving a salty sweet snack.

They’ve got chocolate.

They’ve got peanut butter.

What more do you really need in a dessert?

My kids LOVE them as much as I do and I pick up a box of Ritz Crackers to make these at least once a year. Once you try them, I know you’ll want to do the same.

No-Bake Cookies

One of my favorite things about making Ritz Cookies is that they require no time in the oven. You’ll want to make these cookies all year long, but they’re extraordinarily handy to keep in mind during the in the hot summer months when you can’t stomach the thought of turning on an oven.

During the holiday season, when you have limited time and the oven is in high demand, Ritz Cookies can come to your rescue in all their chocolatey glory. Prep them while your other dishes are occupying that oven real estate for a fun addition to your dessert spread.

While I love the taste of no-bake cookies, they’re not usually known for being pretty. Because these Ritz Cookies don’t use raw oats and get a dip in a bath of melted chocolate, they look for more attractive than your average no-bake treat.

The flavors here are similar to my popular go-to five-minute dessert No-Bake Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites but that layer of dipped chocolate gives them a fancier look.

It’s hard to beat a recipe that takes minutes to assemble but looks–and tastes–like something special. Am I right?

Believe me when I say the hardest part of making Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies is waiting for them to set in the fridge. But if you just can’t resist and end up popping one of these salty, crispy, sweet delights in your mouth before the chocolate’s totally hardened, I promise not to tell.

And because they’re too great to not mention, even though they aren’t a no-bake cookie, Palmiers are one of the easiest two-ingredient cookies out there. Made with just puff pastry and a sprinkling of sugar, these flaky cookies are pretty awesome.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve been baking these Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies since I was a kid, but let me tell you now, these Ritz Cracker Cookies? They’re a salty-sweet chocolatey three ingredient cookie that no one can resist.

Impressive enough to serve at a party but easy enough for a weekday afternoon treat, these no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies are more than likely to become a fixture in your household. One bite delivers the perfect balance of crunchy cracker, velvety chocolate, creamy peanut butter and just the right touch of salt.

Serve with an ice cold glass of milk, a steaming hot cup of coffee or a Spanish Cafe Con Leche and you have just about the perfect snack for any time of day.

These cookies are also easy to keep fresh in the fridge and taste just as good days later, so feel free to make a big batch to have on hand. That is, if your family can resist gobbling them up in one day!

Have I convinced you how much I LOVE these cookies yet?

Tips for Dipping Chocolate

There’s something extra special about a chocolate dipped cookie. Like my Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Cookies, Ritz Cracker cookies take something already delicious–in this case Ritz crackers and peanut butter–and add chocolate for that extra WOW factor.

Dipping your crackers in chocolate isn’t difficult but creating a smooth velvety finish takes a little focus.

Start by selecting a high-quality chocolate. Look for varieties of chocolate chips with a high ratio of cocoa butter to cocoa.

When dipping your crackers be sure to drain off the excess chocolate before placing it on the parchment paper. Balance the cracker on a fork before lowering it into the chocolate, then gently tap the bottom of the dipped cracker against the remaining chocolate to help remove excess from the cookie while leaving enough chocolate to allow the cookie to slide off your fork and onto the parchment.

This process can get messy so I recommend laying down newspaper on your kitchen counter before you start dipping to make clean up as easy as the recipe itself.

If you do end up with a little extra chocolate clumping on the cracker, don’t stress. Extra chocolate never made a cookie taste worse!

Chocolate PB Sandwich Cookies are the ultimate sweet and salty no-bake treat!

Tips for Storing No-Bake Cookies

Your Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies are ready to eat as soon as the chocolate has fully cooled and hardened. Once set, you can serve right away.

If your friends and family don’t immediately eat the whole batch in one sitting, store them in a container with an airtight lid in a cool place. Keeping no-bake cookies in the fridge is best for maintaining quality but they’ll also be okay at a mild room temperature for a few hours.

If you’re looking for a Gluten-Free No-Bake Cookie, check out my No-Bake Chocolate Cereal Bars and No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites.

Ritz Cookies Recipe

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Place 24 crackers on the baking sheet. Top each cracker with about 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter and top with a second cracker.

  2. Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place it in the microwave. Microwave for 90 seconds. Stir well. Microwave an additional 30 seconds, as needed. Stir to fully melt the chocolate

  3. Dip each cookie into the chocolate, using two forks to drain the excess chocolate off the cookies. Place the coated cookies back onto the lined baking sheet.

  4. Place the chocolate coated cookies in the refrigerator until firm. Transfer the chilled cookies to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

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Chocolate PB Sandwich Cookies are the ultimate sweet and salty no-bake treat!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Ritz Cookies are the sweet, salty, chocolatey snack you need in your life.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Chill Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients 

  • 48 Ritz crackers
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Place 24 crackers on the baking sheet. Top each cracker with about 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter and top with a second cracker.
  • Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl and place it in the microwave. Microwave for 90 seconds. Stir well. Microwave an additional 30 seconds, as needed. Stir to fully melt the chocolate
  • Dip each cookie into the chocolate, using two forks to drain the excess chocolate off the cookies. Place the coated cookies back onto the lined baking sheet. 
  • Place the chocolate coated cookies in the refrigerator until firm. Transfer the chilled cookies to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal · Carbohydrates: 15g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 12g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Cholesterol: 1mg · Sodium: 91mg · Potassium: 166mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 8g · Vitamin A: 10IU · Calcium: 24mg · Iron: 1.6mg
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  1. Anita LeCours says

    I make these cookies and they are a favorite with my family and friends . Instead of using two forks to dip them , I use tongs . These work great and are easy to hold .4 stars

  2. Trish Barker says

    My husband and I first tried these about 7/8 years ago. We were driving through the foothills of Virginia and came across a bake sale being held at a small store & gas station. WOW! We had some seriously sticky fingers…and enjoyed every finger-licking minute!5 stars

  3. Terri says

    If you make these a few days in advance, will they the ritz stay crunchy and not get soggy after sitting a few days of being stored in the refrigerator?

  4. McKenna says

    I love these kind of recipes! Not just because they’re easy, but family and friends get a kick out of a few ingredients can make such a yummy treat!! Thanks, McKenna

    • Kathy says

      Is it necessary to put them in the fridge? I’ve been making them for years and never thought to put them in the fridge.

    • Mary Younkin says

      If you’ve never kept them in the fridge, they’ll be fine at room temperature, Kathy. I was living in Phoenix, AZ when I first made them, so naturally, they required the refrigerator. I keep them there now, because it’s easy and habit.

  5. Brenda says

    Use both white and chocolate almond bark. Tongs work great. Drizzle a little of the opposite flavor on top of each while cooling.

  6. Jan says

    We use chocolate almond bark for the chocolate. Walmart carries it all year (most stores only have it in December) , and I prefer chunky peanut butter because it gives better spacing in the center of the cookie

  7. Diane Kellerman says

    I always melt a little wax in my coating (choc) and that eliminates sticky fingers when you pick them up. Just shave a little off the bar as your heating the choc.

  8. Cookie Phillips says

    I also make these with the Ritz crackers and a rollo (caramel) in the middle. Bake at 250 for a couple minutes to soften the chocolate, take out and press down on top. When I dip I use a 2 pronged meat fork. Enjoy!

  9. VICKIE S GELVIN says

    I have copied several of your recipes HOWEVER this one with the Ritz, PB and chocolate will defiinitely be my favorite – love Reese’s and anything with that combo and now with crackers. I WILL BE TAKING THESE TO THE GRANDKIDDIES HOUSE FOR EVERY OCCASION.5 stars