No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

IMG_3144My son had to bring treats to preschool for the last time this school year.  He can actually bring homemade treats to school.  I was shocked to find out that most schools do not allow homemade treats.  What would our grandmother’s………heck our mother’s generation think of this.  In their day if you brought store bought treats to school you would have been shunned from the PTA.  The mothers with their warm apple pies, gooey chocolate cakes, and chewey cookies would have gossiped and turned their noses up at you (I’m kidding of course).  In their day, if you forgot to bake treats or you were not a baker, you tried to disguise store bought treats as homemade, taking them out of their store bought packaging, placing them on one of your dinner plates or baking sheets, trying to pass them off as your own.  Nowadays you slap a food label on your homemade goodies and try to pass them off as store bought.  My, how the tables have turned.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always made these cookies for Christmas, just Christmas.  Every year my husband asks why I don’t make them throughout the year.  To tell you the truth I never think about them until Christmas time.  But they are one of mine, my husband’s, and my son Cooper’s favorite cookies.  And my son requested these for his school treat.  These cookies remind me of a Reese’s peanut butter cup……kind of.  Creamy peanut butter, sandwiched between salty ritz crackers, dipped in chocolate almond bark, and topped with colorful candies.

Amount:

1 24oz package of almond bark makes about 28 cookies

Ingredients:

24 oz almond bark chocolate flavored coating

Creamy peanut butter

Ritz crackers (about 2 sleeves)

Mini M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil to prevent cookies from sticking.
  2.  Spread peanut butter on one side of a ritz cracker and then place another ritz cracker on top, creating a “peanut butter sandwich”.  Continue doing this until you have made up several ritz and peanut butter “sandwiches”.
  3. Melt almond bark according to package directions.
  4. Dip ritz and peanut butter “sandwiches” into the melted almond bark until totally covered, allowing excess chocolate to drip off.  Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and top with 3 mini m&ms immediately.
  5. Allow cookies to cool and chocolate to harden.

Enjoy!

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