Dipped Ritz Cookies

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The saltiness of the Ritz Crackers and the sweetness of the chocolate is a winning combination in these dipped Ritz Cookies with caramel or peanut butter filling.

When it comes to cookies, this is about the easiest recipe out there. The only baking involved is melting Rolo candies on the Ritz crackers for the caramel filling. For the peanut butter filling, no baking is required. And as we all know, everything tastes better dipped in chocolate!Dipped Ritz cookies in a Christmas tin

Ritz Cookies

Holy cow — look out! If you have never dipped a Ritz Cracker in chocolate, you don’t know what you’re missing. Then, if you’ve never paired that with a decadent caramel or creamy peanut butter filling, well, I don’t know what you are waiting for. Try it!

My experimentation with this festive treat led to two filling flavors. Both flavors turned out so good! I think the caramel ones taste like a caramel Twix bar and the peanut butter ones taste like a white chocolate Reeses peanut butter cup. I can’t decide which I like better. You will have to try them and let me know which is your favorite!

Be sure to read my tips on dipping for a smooth, pretty coating on the cookies.

Ritz cookies dipped in milk and white chocolate with sprinkles

Tips For Dipping

1. Melt chocolate in the microwave at 50% power. Place chocolate wafers or candy melts in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Continue microwaving in 30 second increments, stirring between each heating, until the chocolate is smooth for dipping.

2. If you are using chocolate chips for the chocolate coating on the cookies, add shortening, canola oil, or coconut oil when melting the chocolate chips. Use 1 tablespoon of oil for every cup of chocolate chips.

3. Use a plastic fork with the middle prongs broken off to flip the cookies in the chocolate, then set the cookie on the fork and gently tapped it against the side of the bowl to smooth out and drip off excess chocolate. Place each chocolate cookie on to wax paper to cool and set.

A dipped ritz cookie with a bite taken out

More Cookie Recipes

We have so many cookie recipes that we love in our family, it’s always hard to decide which one to make! Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Coconut Pecan Cookie Bars – Simply layer ingredients in a pan, and magically these bars bake into a chewy, chocolatey treat.
  • No Bake Cookies – No Bake Cookies are perfect to whip up quick when you are craving chocolate. The oats, cocoa, and peanut butter give the cookie a rich, delicious flavor.
  • Raisin Stuffed Shortbread Cookies – These cookies are slightly crispy on the outside, chewy and gooey on the inside. A must if you are a raisin fan!
  • Turtle Cookies – The chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel bits are a winning combination in these Turtle Cookies. Eat warm out of the oven with a big glass of cold milk.
  • Peanut Butter Bars – Only 30 minutes to make these homemade bars with chocolate frosting. They remind me of the peanut butter bars that used to be served with school lunch in my hometown.

More Christmas Treats

I love all the yummy treats that our family makes around the holidays. These Dipped Ritz Cookies are just one of our favorite Christmas treats. You can find the list of all our favorite treats for Christmas HERE. It has some amazing sweets that are perfect for neighbor gifts and Holiday parties, like homemade caramels, peanut clusters, cinnamon almonds, german chocolate fudge, and peppermint bark brownies!

Several Dipped Ritz Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling on a black surface.

How To Make Dipped Ritz Cookies

A Christmas tin filled with dipped ritz cookies

Dipped Ritz Cookies

5 from 9 votes
The saltiness of the Ritz Crackers and the sweetness of the chocolate is a winning combination in these Dipped Ritz Cookies with Caramel or Peanut Butter!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 60

Ingredients

For The Caramel Cookies:

  • 12 ounces Rolo caramel candies
  • 16 ounces milk chocolate wafers or candy melts (milk chocolate chips can also be used with 2 tablespoons shortening or canola oil)
  • sprinkles optional

For The Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces white chocolate wafers or candy melts (white chocolate chips can also be used with 2 tablespoons shortening or canola oil)
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions

For The Caramel Cookies:

  • Lay out one sleeve of Ritz Crackers (about 25) face down on a cookie sheet. 
    Rits Crackers slayed out on a cookie sheet
  • Top each cracker with one rolo candy.  Bake at 300 degrees for 5 minutes.
    Adding Rolo candies to tops of ritz crackers
  • Remove from oven and quickly top each softened rolo candy with another cracker. You want to smoosh it down a little, but not so much that the caramel comes out the sides. Let them cool completely before dipping.
    melted Rolo candies on ritz crackers
  • Place chocolate wafers or candy melts in a microwave safe bowl (if using chocolate chips, add 2 tablespoons of shortening or canola oil to the chips for smooth dipping). Microwave on 50% power setting for 1 minute. Stir. Microwavee in 30 second increments, stirring well between each heating, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
    A bowl of melted chocolate next to ritz crackers
  • Use a plastic fork with the middle prongs broken off to flip the cookies in the chocolate. Set the cookie on the fork and gently tapped it against the side of the bowl to smooth out and drip off excess chocolate. Place each chocolate cookie onto wax paper to cool and set.
    Dipping ritz cookies in melted chocolate
  • If you add sprinkles, be sure to do so before the chocolate sets.
    Dipped Ritz cookies on a plate

For The Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter and powdered sugar. This will give you a thicker, sweeter filling to work with.  
    Peanut butter and powdered sugar mixed
  • Take a cracker and top it with a little heap of peanut butter. You want to smoosh it down a little, but not so much that the peanut butter comes out the sides.
    Spreading peanut butter on ritz crackers
  • Place chocolate wafers or candy melts in a microwave safe bowl (if using chocolate chips, add 2 tablespoons of shortening or canola oil to the chips for smooth dipping). Microwave on 50% power setting for 1 minute. Stir. Microwavee in 30 second increments, stirring well between each heating, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
    A bowl of melted chocolate next to ritz crackers
  • Use a plastic fork with the middle prongs broken off to flip the cookies in the chocolate. Set the cookie on the fork and gently tapped it against the side of the bowl to smooth out and drip off excess chocolate. Place each chocolate cookie onto wax paper to cool and set.
    Dipping ritz cookies in melted chocolate
  • If you add sprinkles, be sure to do so before the chocolate hardens.
    Dipped Ritz cookies on a plate

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Notes

This recipe is written to make half of a batch caramel filled cookies and the other half of the batch peanut butter filled cookies. All of the Ritz Crackers will be used, and it will yield about 30 of each cookie.
Cookies will store for up to a week in an airtight container. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 94mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have had these before at Christmas get-togethers, but I have never made them myself until today. Made with this recipe, they were soooo amazingly good! I made them with my 6 and 8 year old kids, and they were able to help me with every step, unlike many other Christmas goodies we have tried to make. We only did the peanut butter filling this year, and we only candy coated one half of each cracker set, which made them look really nice. I think if I would have had the kids try to dip the whole things they would have turned out a little sloppy. We used several different colors of candy melts and lots of sprinkles. We even had mini marshmallows (like the ones in hot cocoa packets) to look like pom poms on red Santa hats. This will definitely be added to our must list from now on. Thanks for sharing the great recipe with detailed instructions. Merry Christmas!

  2. 5 stars
    This was the most popular cookie at our socially-distanced cookie party yesterday! Thank you for the recipe – we will be making it every year now!

  3. 5 stars
    I don’t put powdered sugar in the peanut butterspread. I put peant butter almost edge place cracker on top dip in almond bark melted. I find if you set your dipping pan over very hot water your dip will not harden as fast

  4. Have you ever tried to make these with peanut butter cups instead of the peanut butter/sugar mixture? It seems like it would be tasty, but I wonder if the peanut butter cups will melt enough — like the Rolos do. Any thoughts?

    1. I’ve never tried it, but I think it would work. Peanut butter cups are bigger than Rolo’s so you would need to be careful when adding the second Ritz cracker to the top and only press it down until the filling reaches the edges. The filling will be thicker.

  5. I use 6 squares of vanilla bark and a 12 ounce pkg. of semi sweet chocolate chips. These set up in about 2 hours.

      1. I’m still confused as to how long I should store the cookies in the fridge?
        I have 24 hours until I serve them. Crackers, peanut butter and chocolate.

        1. It’s best to let them cool and set at room temperature. Putting them in the fridge can often ruin the chocolate because of the humidity.

    1. It’s up to you. I usually use semi-sweet, but I prefer the taste of milk chocolate better. If you use milk chocolate chips, be careful if you add any oil when melting them. Add just a little at a time. If the chocolate becomes too runny, it won’t set. If you can get good dipping chocolate or chocolate candy melts, they work the best and you don’t have to worry about adding oil. Thanks for asking!

  6. I made these using milk chocolate chips and the chocolate isn’t setting, I put them in the refrigerator hoping they will harden. But will they melt again at room temperature when I take them out?

    1. The only way to know is to take one out of the fridge and give it a try. You may need to serve them cold. Did you add oil to the chocolate chips? If too much oil is added, they won’t set up. Milk chocolate has more fat in it than semi-sweet, and depending on the brand it may be too oily.

    1. Yes, we used the peanut butter filling with a white chocolate coating. You can use melted white chocolate chips with a little oil, or white chocolate candy melts. I like to use the Wilton brand candy melts. Thanks for asking!

  7. 5 stars
    These are good with marshmallow cream in the center also. One of my favs that my mother in law makes. I make all three versions. Yum!

    1. I’ve never tried freezing them. I do know the chocolate can get a white film on it from the condensation and they won’t look as nice. I’m also not sure how the Ritz crackers would do in the freezer. I think they will taste best if you make them closer to the time you plan on serving them. I hope that helps. Thank you for asking!

      1. Natalie T. how long have you had yours in the freezer for?, I’d like to make these but they would need to be forzen for about 3 weeks?

  8. I’ve only had good luck with candy-making chocolate. Either the Ghiradelli discs, or Candy-quick. Baking chocolate or chocolate chips do not come out nearly as well.