Ritz Cracker Cookies – Culinary Hill

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Transform 4 ingredients into Ritz Cracker Cookies, one of the easiest no-bake desserts ever. Customize this Christmas cookie recipe with team colors or seasonal hues to make this an any-season sweet.

A pile of Ritz Cracker Cookies on a plate.

More like a holiday “candy” recipe than a cookie per se, this no-bake dessert recipe tastes heavenly. Sandwich a dollop of nut butter between two Ritz crackers, then dunk all of that deliciousness into melted white or dark chocolate.

Since all the cooking takes place in the microwave, kids can absolutely act as sous chefs to help prepare this easy cookie recipe.

Actually, calling it a “recipe” is a bit of a stretch. This is more like a super-fun arts and crafts project that yields a masterpiece you can eat. Sweet!

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step by step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Ritz Cracker Cookies Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Ritz cracker cookies.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Creamy peanut butter: Buy a jar of your favorite brand. Or if you make your own peanut butter, it’s a breeze to customize it with honey, chocolate, or cinnamon. Almond butter, cashew butter, Nutella, or sunflower seed butter taste incredible, too.
  • White and chocolate candy melts: Choose four 12-ounce bags of either or two 12-ounce bags of both.

Step by step instructions

  1. Spread about 1 teaspoon peanut butter on a cracker. Top with a second cracker. Repeat with all remaining crackers and peanut butter until you have about 70 sandwich cookies. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil and freeze while melting candy melts.
Ritz crackers on a baking sheet, half topped with peanut butter.
  1. Meanwhile, set white candy melts in a bowl over a pot of simmering water (double-boiler method) or melt in the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments. Stir until smooth. Repeat with chocolate candy melts.
White melted chocolate over a double boiler.
  1. Using a spoon or a fork, dip each cracker sandwich into a bowl of melted chocolate, turning to coat.
White melted chocolate over a double boiler.
  1. Place on prepared baking sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cracker sandwiches, dipping approximately 35 into each kind of chocolate. Chill until completely cool, at least 30 minutes
Ritz Cracker Cookies on a baking sheet.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This no-bake dessert recipe makes 70 stuffed sandwich cookies. These fly off the cookie platter fast and leftovers last nicely, but you can certainly start with a half box of Ritz (two sleeves of crackers) for a 35-cookie batch.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator (or in your cold garage or patio in winter) for up to 1 month.
  • make ahead: These treats have serious staying power if you keep them cold. They’re great to make ahead and then pull out for your holiday cookie plate.
  • Freezer: For best results, freeze the cookies on a plate or tray until individually frozen solid, then transfer to freezer-safe bags (so the cookies don’t stick to each other). Thaw at room temperature.
A pile of Ritz Cracker Cookies on a plate.

Recipe FAQs

How can I take these from Christmas cookie to anytime cookie territory?

Your decor choices can tell any story you like. Opt for red and green sprinkles for a Christmas food gift, blue and white for Hanukkah, red and pink for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, pastels for Easter or Mother’s Day, red and blue for 4th of July, team colors for a tailgate buffet, orange for Halloween, or the birthday celebrant’s favorite hues.

Why do you suggest microwaving at 50% power?

This lower heat level allows the chocolate to temper at a slower rate, which prevents the chocolate from getting too hot (and, in turn, clumping up). Stopping to stir at 30-second intervals also aids in even cooking and a smooth texture.

A stack of Christmas crack on a plate.

More no-bake desserts

Ritz Cracker Cookies

Transform 4 ingredients into Ritz Cracker Cookies, one of the easiest no-bake desserts ever. Customize this Christmas cookie recipe with team colors or seasonal hues to make this an any-season sweet.

Cook Time 30 my s

Total Time 30 my s

Servings 70 cookies

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Calories 48

  • Spread about 1 teaspoon peanut butter on a cracker. Top with a second cracker. Repeat with all remaining crackers and peanut butter until you have about 70 sandwich cookies. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil and freeze while melting candy melts.

  • Meanwhile, set white candy melts in a bowl over a pot of simmering water (double-boiler method) or melt in the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments. Stir until smooth. Repeat with chocolate candy melts.

  • Using a spoon or a fork, dip each cracker sandwich into a bowl of melted chocolate, turning to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cracker sandwiches, dipping approximately 35 into each kind of chocolate. Chill until completely cool, at least 30 minutes.

  1. Creamy peanut butter: Buy a jar of your favorite brand. Or if you make your own peanut butter, it’s a breeze to customize it with honey, chocolate, or cinnamon. Almond butter, cashew butter, Nutella, or sunflower seed butter taste incredible, too.
  2. White and chocolate candy melts: Choose four 12-ounce bags of either or two 12-ounce bags of both.
  3. Yield: This no-bake dessert recipe makes 70 stuffed sandwich cookies. These fly off the cookie platter fast and leftovers last nicely, but you can certainly start with a half box of Ritz (two sleeves of crackers) for a 35-cookie batch.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator (or in your cold garage or patio in winter) for up to 1 month.
  5. make ahead: These treats have serious staying power if you keep them cold. They’re great to make ahead and then pull out for your holiday cookie plate.
  6. Freezer: For best results, freeze the cookies on a plate or tray until individually frozen solid, then transfer to freezer-safe bags (so the cookies don’t stick to each other). Thaw at room temperature.

Serving: 1cookiesCalories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gDish: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 54mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg


Meggan Hill is the Executive Chef and CEO of Culinary Hill, a popular digital publication in the food space. She loves to combine her Midwestern food memories with her culinary school education to create her own delicious take on modern family fare. Millions of readers visit Culinary Hill each month for meticulously-tested recipes as well as skills and tricks for ingredient prep, cooking ahead, menu planning, and entertaining. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the iCUE Culinary Arts program at College of the Canyons.


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