Use white chocolate for these Halloween cookie treats, or make them with almond bark or melted chocolate.
I used both white and milk chocolate bark to coat these treats, but you might use black or orange candy melts as well. The orange and black sprinkles or decorating sugar are perfect for a Halloween party treat, or use different colors, depending on the holiday.
For more about candy melts and some other helpful tips, see the tips and variations below the recipe.
- Ritz Crackers
- Creamy peanut butter
- White chocolate or milk chocolate bark or candy melts, melted*
- Orange sprinkles or multicolored Halloween sprinkles
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Spread a cracker with peanut butter and place another cracker atop the peanut butter to make a sandwich cookie.
- Repeat, making as many sandwich cookie treats as you like.
- Melt the white chocolate or milk chocolate bark or candy melts in a microwave oven or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water as directed on the package.
- Dip each sandwich cookie in the melted chocolate; let excess drip off and place the cookies on the wax paper-lined pan.
- Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle the treats with orange and black decorating sugar or Halloween-themed candy sprinkles. Refrigerate until firm.
- Store in a cool place in an airtight container for up to one week.
Wilton Candy Melts come in a variety of colors, including orange and black.
Tips and Variations
- Replace the creamy peanut butter with chunky peanut butter.
- To make homemade dipping chocolate, melt 2 cups of miniature chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening in a double boiler over very warm water. Stir to blend. Make sure you do not get even a drop of water or liquid in the chocolate. Dip the assembled Ritz treats in the melted chocolate and set on the wax paper-lined pan. Decorate as desired.
- To make colored candy melts, melt white chocolate melts or bark as directed on the package. Add food coloring — preferably gel food coloring — to the melted chocolate until you have the desired shade. You can do this ahead of time — pipe wafer-sized drops of the melted colored candy onto parchment paper. Let it dry and then remove to a container. Re-melt over simmering water or in the microwave oven.
- Christmas Treats: Use red, green, and white sprinkles.
- Easter Treats: Use pastels — yellow, lavender, pink, light green, etc.
- St. Patrick's Day Treats: Use a deep shade of green and bright yellow.
- July Fourth Treats: Use red, white, and blue.
- Thanksgiving Treats: Use orange, yellow, and brown.