Christmas is coming! I can’t believe how quickly it snuck up on me. I think some of it was this was my first Christmas season in California, where the days are sunny and warm, not cold and snowy so it’s been a bit hard to feel the season.
But I’ve found other ways to try to feel the season. We put up our Christmas tree, I’ve had Christmas music on almost non-stop rotation, and I’ve been watching all my favorite holiday shows. Most of all, I’ve been in the kitchen whipping up all our favorite holiday treats as well as trying my hand at some new ones.
Today I’m sharing a quick treat is fast, easy and can be made with simple ingredients you likely have on hand. If you are a a sweet and salty lover this treat is for you as it worlds as it combines rich chocolate with salty crackers. If you have a last minute Christmas party, friends stopping by or just need a treat and cannot bear the stores or the kitchen, give these chocolate peanut butter crackers a try!
Peanut Butter Choco Crackers
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chilling | Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes | Makes: 12 treats
- 8 oz chocolate chips (about 3/4 bag)
- 24 butter crackers (I used Ritz)
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
- Peanut butter
- Wax paper
- Holiday sprinkles (optional)
- Place wax paper on a large cookie sheet. Set 12 crackers on wax paper and spread peanut butter on the remaining 12 crackers. Gently sandwich the crackers and place peanut butter sandwiches on wax paper and set aside
- Place chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Melt chocolate and shortening in 30 second increments, stirring frequently. Heat and stir until choclate and shortening are combinted and smooth
- Using a spoon or two forks, gently coat one peanut butter cracker at a time until fully covered. Tap excess chocolate from the sandwich and place on wax paper. If using, place a few holiday sprinkles on the center of each cracker.
- Repeat with remaining sandwiches and place dipped sandwiches in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour
- Enjoy this fast and festive sweet and salty treat!
- I have seen this recipe use melting chocolate so if you use that, you can omit the vegetable oil. I tested this recipe with ingredients I typically have on hand in the kitchen.
- You can make this recipe nut allergy friendly by swapping the peanut butter with any alternative butter. While the flavor will be a little different, you will still get that tasty salty sweet combo!
- Feel free to adjust the amounts in this recipe to suit your needs. If you are hosting a big party, you can easily double or triple it up, but if you are just looking for a snack, you can just reduce the amount of chocolate and shortening you warm up.