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posted by Julie Evink on December 18, 2015

Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies ~ Our FAVORITE treats for the holidays! Easy Christmas Cookies!

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Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies ~ Our FAVORITE treats for the holidays! Easy Christmas Cookies!

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These are a staple in our house at Christmas time. I always remember mom making a batch of these right before Christmas. Before that my grandma always made them. Sometimes you just got to embrace the good old recipes that are a tradition in life.

I’m all about trying new things as you can tell from my Red Velvet Cookies and White Chocolate Molasses Cookies that I tried this year, but sometimes I just gravitate towards the trustworthy recipes. Nothing is worse than trying thirteen different recipes and have none of them come out the way you envisioned!

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When my mom and I planned a baking weekend up at the lake I made sure these were on our list. Oh our weekend was a good time. We quickly loaded things up (a little to quickly because I forgot the cooler! Oh well, hubby ran to the grocery store when we got there..) and went up Friday after work and of course true to MN standards, there was a snowstorm brewing. The roads were crap. Literally crap, but we hopped in my trusty truck and slowly headed up there. Nothing was getting in the way of my baking weekend. Nothing.

Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies ~ Our FAVORITE treats for the holidays! Easy Christmas Cookies!

When we arrived we were treated to Cheesy Wild Rice Soup. Soup for supper with it snowing outside. Life is good. After that we watched a movie and tucked ourselves in for the night. The next morning we got to baking bright and early. We were on a mission! We had a successful day with Goof Balls, Sweet Cherry Cookies, Oreo Truffles and many more being made. That night we watched another sappy Christmas movie and hunkered down. The snowfall amounts were supposed to be 8-12 inches.

The next morning we were awake bright and early with Miss K. Looked out to see all the snow and decided it was time to make the trek home. I had envisioned a lazy Sunday at the cabin relaxing but the wind hadn’t came up yet and we were in a Blizzard Warning so we decided to call it safe and head home. Good thing we did as it got nasty, but we go our cookies made and are set for Christmas now!

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Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

Preparation 25 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Serves 50     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 100 round buttery salted crackers, such as Ritz
  • 1-1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 24 oz. chocolate/white almond bark

Instructions

  1. Lay out wax paper to put finished cookies on. If you are in a hurry you can do this on cookie sheets so you can stick the cookies in the fridge/freezer to set up. Otherwise just lay the wax paper on your counter. It will only take about 20 minutes to set up on the counter.
  2. Place about a 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter on a cracker and spread out. Top with another cracker. Do this until all crackers are gone.
  3. Melt almond bark in a double boiler until all lumps are out. If you don't have a doubler boiler you can do this in the microwave, making sure to stir frequently so it doesn't scorch. It just doesn't harden up if you use the double boiler.
  4. Drop a sandwich cookie into the chocolate. Make sure it's covered, then remove with a fork. Drag fork along the edge of the double boiler to scrape of excess almond bark. Place cookie on wax paper. Repeat until all cookies have been dipped.
  5. Place in container and store in air tight container. These also freeze great! Place wax paper between the layers of cookies.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 sandwich cookie
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 158kcal Calories from fat 112
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 48mg2%
Carbohydrate 9g3%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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    Comments

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction


    I always eat way too many of these at around Christmas! They are a must with my family! 🙂

    • Julie


      I started thinking…why do I only make these at Christmas? They are so good…but it’s just something about Christmas!

  • angie


    we have made these before they are oohhh so good
    come see what we shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  • Diana Rambles


    I pinned these because I want to eat them NOW!! YUMMY!! I’d love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  • Rachel @the dessert chronicles


    I love peanut butter on ritz crackers, but I have never thought of covering them in chocolate! Brilliant idea! I would go crazy for one of these.

    • Julie Evink


      We’ve been doing it for years! They are amazing!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling


    I am such a wimp….I would have cancelled before driving up in a snowstorm! But looks like it was worth it!

  • Sara


    I honestly thought my mom came up with these. I’ve never known anyone else who made them.

    I’ve also often wondered why we just make them at Christmas, but I’ve just never done it any other time of year. They’re so easy. One year I remember using 5 boxes of ritz and who knows how much chocolate.

    LOVE THESE COOKIES!!!

    • Julie Evink


      That is to funny! They have been a staple in our family for years. It’s not Christmas without them!

  • Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy


    I made these today and they were THE. BEST. EVER. Wow. Every one in my family loved them! Thanks for the recipe, Julie!

    • Julie Evink


      Jen! That makes me so happy. I have such wonderful memories growing up and making these with my Grandam. They are a staple around the holidays at our house!

  • jes


    Hi.. these sound delish !
    Can you advise of a suitable for ‘Almond Bark’ as it is not readily available where i am located in the UK?
    I had to google it to find out what it actually was. Would regular chocolate work?

    • Julie Evink


      Can you get Candy Melts or something like that? I’m worried that the regular chocolate won’t melt that great for you!

    • Karen


      yes regular chocolate will do just fine

  • heather+@french+press


    what a fun and easy holiday treat idea – I think Ill have the kids make some after school today

  • Tammy Wilson


    These cookies are my absolute favorite. I started making them 34 years ago when I was 12 years old. My daughter helps me make them now.

    • Julie Evink


      I remember making them at my Grandma’s when I was growing up! It’s been a staple in our family forever too!

      • Tammy Wilson


        BTW Julie, I loved your story about going up to your cabin to make cookies. We live in SE Michigan and have a cabin up north. It got me thinking about starting a yearly tradition to have a girl’s weekend up there to make cookies!!

        • Julie Evink


          It would be an awesome tradition to start! We had to skip this year because I had a newborn but next year I hope to do it again!

          • Elizabeth


            Hi Julie….thank you for this recipe. I don’t have the energy to fuss this year as I prepare my packages for my 4 sisters….so I am making this today. I hope your family and little one are good with time to bake this year. Btw I am originally from Duluth but have been in Maine now for 43 years.
            Elizabeth

          • Julie Evink


            Your welcome! Enjoy! I LOVE Duluth!!!!

  • Michealeen


    We have had these since I was a small child back in 1970’s. Always a great treat!!!

    • Julie Evink


      Yes! Grandma used to make them and now we carry on the tradition!

  • janet schaffner


    I have a friend who makes these for St. Patrick’s Day, covered with butterscotch (chips) instead of chocolate – she calls them gold coins. Equally yummy with butterscotch instead of chocolate!

  • Sara Olson


    Can I make these with natural creamy peanut butter?

    • Julie Evink


      Hey Sara! I think so, the only thing is it might separate? Let me know if you try it and how it goes!

      • Sara Olson


        Hi Julie. I’m thinking about draining the oil off the top of new jar of natural peanut butter so it isn’t so “soupy,” if you know what I mean. I hope the works. I plan on making the for Christmas with a sprinkle/pinch of red course sea salt (love salty sweet). How far in advance can I make these? Do the crackers get soft/soggy with time? I planned on storing them in the refrigerator. Thought?

        • Julie Evink


          I think that would work! Sea salt is a great addition! They keep a long time. I actually freeze mine ahead of time!

          • Sara


            Thanks for your response. I’m definitely freezing them because I’m up to my eyeballs in baked goods.
            I’m going to attempt them now but realize I don’t have two compatible pots for double boiler. Any suggestions? I’m not against microwaving the bark coating, but nervous about it seizing up. (I’m in the process of moving from Montana to New Jersey and most of my bakeware is M.I.A. ).

          • Julie Evink


            The Almond Bark is really easy to work with and shouldn’t seize if you microwave it like regular chocolate tends to do. The only thing is it will get “hard” as you dip instead of staying warm in a double boiler. If this happens just nuk it again the microwave!

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