Last week I was at Walmart, again. As Cindy, one of my favorite cashiers, was ringing and dinging my groceries, she wondered about the boxes of Ritz crackers and almond bark.
Just what was I planning to do with all of that?
I told her about The Easiest Christmas Cookie You’ll Ever Make.
She got out a piece of paper and jotted down the three ingredients, exclaiming that her six-year old granddaughter would love making them with her.
I left, feeling like my good deed for the day was done.
Then my people (with the help of some friends) spent the weekend making frosted sugar cookies. It was chaotic and sugary and fun.
- Mitchell, the seminarian, started with a leper cookie. Yes, he created a cookie with lesions and sores. That was his “Biblical version” of a cookie. He ended the night with his masterpiece, The Grinch.
- My husband, the engineer, got out tweezers to put on the sprinkles.
- Rachel, the athlete, created a basketball player.
- Thomas, age 13, murdered all of his cookies and called them martyrs.
We loaded teacher trays with the creative sugar cookies, Oreo bon bons and the Easiest Christmas Cookie that You’ll Ever Make.
Guess which type of cookie got the most feedback, the most love, the most wow?
THE EASIEST CHRISTMAS COOKIE YOU’LL EVER MAKE.
That cracked me up.
People wanted to know my “recipe” for this cookie. Well, it is not really a recipe. It’s more like a memory. I used to make these with my mama. They taste sort of like a Twix bar. Sort of.
The best part is that they are simple to make, waaaaay easier than sugar cookies.
The three ingredients:
- Creamy Peanut Butter
- Original Ritz Crackers
- Chocolate Almond Bark
Okay, some tips.
- We use two big cookie sheets lined with parchment or foil. One child stacks up the Ritz crackers, pretty side up on one tray, pretty side down on the other tray.
- Another child adds a layer of creamy peanut butter (choose your most flavorful brand) to the crackers. The easiest method: grab a cracker with the pretty side up. Flip it, add the peanut butter to the flat side of the cracker then press it to another cracker’s flat side so the “pretty” sides are on the outer part of the sandwich.
- Note: don’t use cheaper versions of this cracker. They will crumble and crack as you handle them. Ritz Original is the best. (Not oval, not snow flake.)
- Keep stacking peanut butter Ritz “sandwiches” on your cookie sheets.
- When you are finished making the peanut butter sandwiches, grab a (shallow) glass bowl and melt the Almond Bark. The melting directions are on the package.
- After the chocolate is nice and melted, bring the bowl and place it ON the parchment paper or aluminum foil, especially if you have a child helping dip the cookies.
- Now for the fun part: twirl a toothpick down into the center hole of a peanut butter sandwich. Then pick it up and dip it into the melted Almond bark. Swirl it until it is all coated. Tap off some of the extra chocolate. Place the chocolate-covered peanut butter sandwich on the prepared surface and pull out the toothpick.
- If you don’t have toothpicks, you can use one or two forks. Dunk and lift out….tap gently to let excess chocolate drip off, then place on the foil.
- Keep dipping until all are coated.
- If you have extra chocolate, make chocolate-covered nuts or raisins.
- These harden in about 20 minutes. If you want to add that extra flair, then drizzle with white almond bark.
- These can be stored on the counter in an airtight container. However, my kids like them cold so I freeze them.
If you have small children yet still want to get some cookie making done, then consider making these. I promise you, they are they Easiest Christmas Cookies You’ll Ever Make!