I fully admit that I know little to nothing about cooking. However, I do happen to be married to a fine culinary artist in Mrs. ROB. She is the one who actually taught me this recipe and I figured I would share it with all of you in case you wanted something delicious, inexpensive (since this is a personal finance blog), and not too strenuous for the holidays. Believe me if I can do this anybody can. And I am sure others have tried this same recipe, but I figured I would put it out there.
Ingredients and Needed Items:
Creamy Peanut Butter–$5 for the large container
Ritz Crackers (or some derivation thereof)–$3-$5 for a large box (depending on where you are)
Wax Paper–$2 per package
Chocolate Bark (not sure why they call it Bark, but you can find it in the aisles near the cooking chocolate). It usually costs about $2 a package. You can get Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate. Depending on how many cookies you want you can decide how many packages to purchase. I was able to find it at our local Wal-Mart. We bought six packages (still have 5 left)–$2 per package
Cake Icing (if you want)–$4 per bottle
You will also need a large mixing bowl, a butter knife, and a spoon.
Take your chocolate bark (I recommend doing one package at a time), put the pieces of bark in the mixing bowl, microwave it for about 1 minute or so (don’t go too long you don’t want to scorch it) and melt the chocolate into a mixing bowl.
Break out the Ritz crackers, slather peanut butter on one or two crackers (depending on how much peanut butter you want). Put the two crackers together (just keep doing this until you run out of Ritz crackers). You should be able to get 3 to 4 dozen Ritz peanut butter cracker sandwiches out of a large box.
Once you have made your peanut butter cracker sandwiches take them and drown them in your melted chocolate. Make sure they are well-covered by chocolate. You don’t need to let sit in there forever, just have them well-covered by chocolate.
Remove your chocolate covered peanut butter cracker sandwiches from the mixing bowl, making sure that remove the excess chocolate from the cookies, and put on wax paper.
Wait for the chocolate to harden.
Finally, decorate said cookies with cake icing (if you want).
One package of chocolate bark should be enough to make 3 to 4 dozen cookies.
Now you are done.
You can make as many cookies as you want depending on how many packages of chocolate bark and Ritz crackers you want to buy. In essence, you made 3 to 4 dozen cookies (if not more….I think I might actually be short changing this a bit) for about $12. And that is just one batch. If you buy the large container of peanut butter the only thing you really need to replace are the Ritz crackers and potentially chocolate bark (depending on how many packages you buy from the outset). So your cooking costs go down with each batch.
I recommend that once the chocolate is hardened and you have garnished with a little cake icing that you put the cookies in the freezer and take them out to enjoy at your leisure. They are fantastic this way. We have a couple dozen sitting in our freezer as we speak.
This is a fantastic treat that you can bring to work, holiday parties, family gatherings, etc. When Mrs. ROB served these up to my family for the first time they thought she was a genius and that it took a long time to make. The only real time it takes is how fast can you spread peanut butter on a Ritz cracker and dip it in chocolate.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!