Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies are an easy, no-bake, sweet and salty treat using Ritz crackers. A sprinkle of sea salt flakes puts these over the top!
Ritz Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter
This recipe is one of my all-time favorite Christmas food memories. I’ve been making these Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies for as long as I can remember, right alongside my mom’s homemade peanut butter cups!
If you’re crazy for chocolate & peanut butter, also check out these buckeyes and buckeye fudge!
This fabulous little sandwich cookie has everything going for it. With just a few ingredients, this no-bake treat delivers the perfect mix of sweet and salty.
There’s chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and crunchy, buttery, salty, crackers. IMO, they’re better than any candy bar I could ever purchase!
On top of that, these Ritz cracker cookies are SO EASY TO MAKE. If I’m needing a last-minute treat for a holiday sweets platter, this is one of my go-to recipes.
A few more of our favorite no-bake holiday treats: Peppermint Bark is pretty and festive, a must-make for our daughter Hatti each Christmas season. Marshmallow Caramel Rice Krispies Puffs and Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies bring a smile to everyone’s face. And Mom’s Microwave Caramel Corn comes together quick and easy!
How to make Ritz Cracker Cookies
I’ve tweaked my method and ingredient proportions for these Ritz cookies over the years. And now these cookies are just the way I like them. They turn out perfect every single time!
Line a rimmed pan with wax paper. This 15″ x 10″ uncoated rimmed pan is just the right size for a single recipe of these cookies.
A note about these pans! They’re commercial quality = nice and thick, and won’t warp. We use these nearly every single day for various things (baking cookies, roasted veggies and meats, transporting foods out to the grill, as a tray for s’mores around the fire pit, etc), and have several different sizes.
Arrange half of the Ritz crackers on the wax paper, then add peanut butter to the center of each one. When our girls were too small to dip the cookies into the melted chocolate, this was always their job. They counted out the crackers, set them on the pan, and then helped to add the peanut butter.
I used to make these with considerably less peanut butter sandwiched in the middle….
But I gradually increased the quantity to slightly more than a tablespoon per cookie. Nice and generous in the peanut butter department, which we all love.
If you’re not into peanut butter quite as much, feel free to hold back and use less!
Place another cracker on top of the peanut butter and press it down gently to create a sandwich cookie.
Dip each sandwich cookie into melted chocolate and place on pan to cool and set.
(Optional) Add a sprinkle of sea salt flakes. The Ritz crackers and the peanut butter already include some salt, but we love these cookies with an additional sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
Whenever I offer both sprinkled and non-sprinkled, the ones with the salt sprinkle ALWAYS disappear first!
If you want to add sea salt flakes, I highly recommend this salt (affiliate link). Sprinkle it over the chocolate-dipped cookie before the chocolate hardens, as little or as much as you like.
Tips for Melting and Dipping Chocolate
Here’s my best advice for getting that perfect chocolate dip!
- Use the right chocolate combination. Use a 50/50 combination of chocolate almond bark (affiliate link) and my favorite semisweet chocolate chips (affiliate link). The almond bark allows for a solid set, so the chocolate doesn’t get melty when sitting out on a treats platter for hours. And good quality chocolate chips give a richer chocolate flavor.
- Melt gently. Take special care to melt the chocolates gently, so they don’t scorch. Because scorched chocolate is ruined chocolate. So sad.
- Use a double boiler method. I prefer to use a double boiler method for melting the chocolates – because it’s super reliable, ensures there’s no scorching. If you don’t own a double boiler, create one with a saucepan and heat-proof bowl. A microwave also works, just be sure to heat slowly and gently in intervals, stirring the chocolates often.
- Use 2 forks. Once the chocolate is melted, drop an assembled sandwich cookie into it. With two forks, quickly turn the cookie to coat on all sides with chocolate.
- Remove excess chocolate. Then lift the sandwich cookie out of the chocolate with one of the forks. Gently tap the fork handle on the side of the bowl, forcing excess chocolate down through the fork’s tines, back into the melted chocolate. Slide the fork outward from the bowl, dragging the bottom of the tines along the rim of the bowl, letting any other excess chocolate drip down the inside of the bowl.
- A toothpick helps! Transfer chocolate-dipped cookie onto the wax paper, using a toothpick to aid in sliding the cookie off the fork’s tines.
- Rewarm, if necessary. If the chocolate becomes thick or difficult to work with, simply warm it up a bit more, and stir to incorporate.
Variations for Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
Add sea salt flakes, my favorite! When I was growing up, Mom’s Ritz peanut butter crackers recipe didn’t include a sprinkle of sea salt flakes. That’s something I started doing many years ago, and now there’s no going back!
I usually leave a few cookies without the sea salt flakes, but the salted ones ALWAYS disappear first, no matter where we are.
Here are my favorite sea salt flakes. The flakes are beautiful and tasty as a finishing touch to both sweet and savory dishes.
Swap out the chocolate. Try dipping the Ritz cracker cookies in melted white chocolate almond bark or colored candy melts.
Use almond butter. If you prefer almond butter over peanut butter, then go for it! Just make sure that the almond butter is thick enough to stay in between the two crackers.
Only half-dip the sandwich cookies. This offers less chocolate, plus a fun peek at what’s inside the cookie.
Add sprinkles. Fun sprinkles are always a festive holiday touch!
Beyond Christmas… These cookies really deserve to be enjoyed all year long. Think about them for special occasions. How about with little heart sprinkles for Valentine’s Day. Or with school colored melts or sprinkles for football tailgating or a graduation party. Or for a birthday treat, customized with a theme special to the birthday person!
Tips for storing no-bake cookies
I’m a “Hurry, let’s get this batch of cookies off the counter and into the freezer” kind of person. Because there’s more cookies to make, of course!
So once the cookies have all been dipped in chocolate, I promptly place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer for about 20 minutes. This quickly sets the chocolate.
The cookies can be eaten as soon as the chocolate has hardened. Or store them in the freezer for later enjoyment.
To freeze, simply transfer the cookies to a freezer-safe container, separating each layer of cookies with wax paper or parchment paper. Top with a tight-fitting lid and place in the freezer. They keep really well for a few months in the freezer…although they will most definitely not last that long!
One last comment before I go.
I never, ever make just a single recipe of these chocolate peanut butter Ritz cookies. My family loves them too much. There’s never a question; this recipe always deserves a double batch!
More Peanut Butter Desserts:
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Buckeye Fudge
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
- Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
An easy, no-bake, sweet and salty treat using Ritz crackers. Our family makes these every year for Christmas!
- 48 Ritz crackers
- 3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
- 8 oz. chocolate almond bark
- 8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips - I use these
- sea salt flakes, optional
- In a medium heat-proof bowl, melt the chocolate almond bark and chocolate chips in the microwave on a low setting, stirring regularly. Or set up a double boiler (my preferred method). Take care to not let the chocolate scorch.
- While chocolates are melting, line a 15" x 10" rimmed pan with wax paper. Place 24 of the Ritz crackers on the wax paper, leaving an inch of space in between each one. Place a generous tablespoon (some people think this is too much, use less if you like!) of peanut butter onto the center of each cracker. No need to spread the peanut butter. Place another cracker on top of the peanut butter and gently press the cracker down a bit at the center of the cracker. This will spread the peanut butter out in between the two crackers. Repeat until you have all sandwich cookies assembled.
- After chocolates have melted, drop a sandwich cookie into the chocolate. Using two forks to maneuver the sandwich cookie, quickly turn the cookie to completely cover it with chocolate. Lift the cookie out with one of the forks, and tap the fork handle lightly on the side of the bowl to force excess chocolate down through the fork’s tines and back into the bowl. Slide the fork outward from the bowl, dragging the bottom of the tines along the rim of the bowl, letting any other excess chocolate drip down the inside of the bowl. Transfer chocolate-dipped cookie onto the wax paper, using a toothpick to aid in sliding the cookie off the fork's tines. Repeat until all cookies are dipped. If the chocolate becomes thick and difficult to work with, simply warm it up a bit more.
- If you wish to top the cookies with sea salt flakes or sprinkles, be sure to sprinkle the cookies before the chocolate sets up.
These freeze really well. Keep layers separated with wax paper.
adapted from Mom's recipe box, a family favorite recipe since I was a kid
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
This post was previously published in 2010. Photographs and some of the text were updated in 2019.
I always melt Nestle’s chocolate chips in a double boiler. However, the last two times I have made these cookies, the chocolate hasn’t melted to a smooth consistency – more granular almost and not only can I not dip the crackers, but the chocolate doesn’t even adhere to the cracker when I try to spread it on like butter.
I used white chocolate chips only, but it was too thick…not “dipping” melts…any suggestions?
Add a spoonful of shortening.
I’m making these and covered Oreos using molds. How long do they keep without being refrigerated? I read that the Oreos keep about 2 weeks so I’ve started on those. (Today is 12/20. They will be eaten in the 25th.)
How long do the ritz & peanut butter keep? I read they keep well in the freezer but I don’t have the freezer space. Should I wait closer to the date they’ll be eaten?
Do you have space in the refrigerator? That would also help. Otherwise keep them in a cool spot.
Does the cracker get soft or stale after put together
Hi Lori – the cracker keeps very well. Especially if you freeze them if you’ll have them around for awhile.
I’ve been making these for years but they’re even better with the white chocolate that you find on the pretzels during Christmas time. Also for those people that don’t want to use peanut butter you can use almond butter and they still are really good.
It’s funny to have found this recipe. I’ve never seen the recipe, but have been making these for over 25 years! I had a taste of one at a Christmas party once and loved them. I don’t use sea salt though. Just Ritz crackers, peanut butter, and chocolate bark. Sometimes I drizzle white chocolate bark over them. They’re the all time favorite dessert amongst my friends and family.
Yay! So glad you found this! :)
My mom made these every year with white chocolate and Christmas sprinkles and gave the to all her friends, they all had expectations of receiving her cookies every year. She passed away this past July so a friend and I got together and made them in her honor. Thanks to everyone who shared their special variations!! Yum
What a beautiful tribute to your mom!
Just made these for the first time. I hope my legacy lives on through my cooking as well. What a wonderful memory to pass on.
Shoot! I bought the pre made Ritz peanut butter crackers they sell now – 5 boxes! I hope they taste as good! Have you ever tried this?
I’m sure they’d still be good. But I would still recommend trying the recipe as written – that soft peanut butter center is so good!! :)
I use a small glass bowl with flat bottom on a warmer to melt chocolate in just right temperature to melt chocolate and dip in.
These look so good! Do you know of any Ritz cracker types that are gluten free?
Hi Suzanne – I am not well versed with a gluten-free diet. I hope you find a cracker that works for this!
Lance makes gluten free crackers similar to Ritz! They are really good!
They also make the mini peanut butter and cheese filled sandwiches gluten free that are great!
I can’t have gluten either.
Hope this helps!
My mom and I have made these for 30 plus years. So many variations but we use crunchy peanut butter it holds up better under the warm chocolate and we use 2 oz of unsweetened chocolate makes them a little richer
Crunchy would be good, too! When I dunk into the warm chocolate, I am sure to be quick! And I like your unsweetened chocolate version – those would be MINE. :)
every year i make these for xmas. everey year someone asks me what the pastry layer is. i laugh but i always tell them. so freaking fast and easy. always a big hit
That is awesome funny!! They are so good, people unfamiliar with these are always surprised.
Can not thank you enough for this recipe!! Ritz crackers should be giving you a kick back from all the crackers I bought over the holiday. My family loved these. I wrapped mine in festive green foil and my kids/grandkids/sisters/brothers/mother/husband all thought I bought them. I decided to kick it up tad Christmas Eve ( nothing like cooking right up to the time you are walking out the door). I used Club crackers, made them triple layered and dipped them in white candy coating and added Christmas sprinkles on top. WONDERFUL!!! Thank you again!!
Ahhhhh…triple decker sandwich cookies…love it!!!! :)
These are ridiculously good! Did you know that peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite??? Can you say Merry Christmas?
Why, yes, I do remember that. I think of you every time we make these. I’ll bring some home for Christmas. ;) xo
My family makes a couple hundred of these for our annual cookie bake every Christmas. These are by far the most popular cookie though my sister-in-law always says, “But these aren’t a cookie!” Ours are a little different in that we spread one cracker with the pb and the other cracker with marshmallow fluff before sandwiching them together.
Wow, that’s alotta sandwich cookies! I LOVE the idea of marshmallow fluff…will def be giving that a try, thank you!!
love these! we make them every year at christmas time. my great grandfather found the recipe on a box of ritz years ago and he’s been making them ever since. until this past year…in which he passed down the coveted “cookie dipping fork” to me and my sister. now (97 years old) he just enjoys eating the ones we make for him and our great grandmother!
Thanks, Chelsea. I’ve never heard of this originating from the Ritz box – awesome to know! And I love that you have a coveted cookie dipping fork – AND a great grandpa who is 97 & is still enjoying them. WOW!!
I made these cookies when I was little too but we use the vanilla bark but I love the chocolate ones too!
I haven’t made them that way, but I’m sure my family would love those, too – they love anything dipped in vanilla bark!
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Thank you is all I can say! This blog post saved me from throwing everything away. I don’t do desserts well, and I figured this would be easy..until…the chocolate. I hate dipping and melting chocolate, hate hate hate, and I was using spoons. Then I was getting all crazy and came to foodgawer and saw your post and your detailed instructions on using the fork and tapping it on the bowl is what saved me. Simple things like this is what makes or breaks someone like me LOL. THank you again!!
So glad I could help, Dan. Enjoy!!
For something so simple I have to admit that these look pretty fancy! I bet they’d make a great holiday gift!
That’s exactly what’s so spectacular about them, Erika – their simplicity! And I remember them being gifted as a kid, and they always made people happy. :)
Wow these look good!! I love that they are no bake too! Perfect!
Hello! They really couldn’t be much easier! Or addictive! ;)