Make Ritz sandwich cookies to snack on as you trim the Christmas tree during a tree decorating family night! Peanut butter is sandwiched between Ritz crackers and then dipped in white chocolate for a kid approved, Christmas treat.
Our family tradition is to put up our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. December is super busy for us and Thanksgiving weekend is the calm before the storm. It's one of my favorite family traditions. This year I thought I'd make it even more special by incorporating some fun Christmas food to put us in the holiday spirit.
I use Pinterest to find inspiration so I headed to the Nabisco Pinterest boards to find some ideas for our tree decorating family night. Nabisco has you covered with Pinterest boards filled with ideas from the office holiday potluck to your annual ugly sweater contest. Make sure to check them out!
For our family night, I wanted to make a fun cookie that was easy and that the kids could help make. Ritz sandwich cookies are easy, fun and delicious to make. All you need are some Ritz crackers, peanut butter (or other filling like a chocolate hazelnut spread), and your choice of chocolate bark. The decorations are completely optional.
Start by having the kids spread peanut butter on one Ritz cracker and then topping it with another cracker to make a sandwich. You want to make sure the peanut butter is fairly thin and spreads out to the edge of the crackers. This makes it easier to coat the cookie with the chocolate.
Set your sandwiches aside and melt your chocolate. You can melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. I have this nifty chocolate pot that is just for melting chocolate and it gets quite the workout at Christmas.
Once the chocolate is melted, carefully dip one side of the sandwiches in the chocolate. I find it's easiest to just use your fingers to do this. Set the cookies on a cooling rack to set. You can add any candy decorations now, too. The chocolate will need some time to set so head over the tree and start putting on the lights.
After the first side of the chocolate has set, just repeat the process for the other side. You may need to swirl the chocolate around to make sure it covers all the edges. Let the cookies set and finish up the tree. Once the tree is done, enjoy your handiwork with some homemade hot cocoa and your white chocolate Ritz sandwich cookies.
You can also set out the cookies with some Wheat Thins and Triscuits and a homemade cheese ball for more fun snacking while you trim the tree.
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