Puttin’ on the Ritz

by Joanne on June 18, 2017

We are into the hot, steamy days of summer.  Who feels like baking when temperatures are close to 90 degrees? Certainly not me. 

 Once all chores were done and we had our fill of sunshine and heat, we took the fun in doors and got creative in the kitchen without heating things up.  These no bake treats are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. 

Ritz Surprise Cookies

 Ingredients

·        1 cup of hazelnut chocolate spread

·        Ritz crackers (these are light and buttery which work perfect for the finish of rich, dark chocolate)

·        2 cups of dark chocolate chunks

·        ½ cup white chocolate to finish

Line baking sheets with wax paper and put the Ritz crackers on the sheets in pairs. 

Spread about ¾ teaspoon or more on one cracker and top with another cracker to form a “sandwich”.

Put in the freezer for about 30 minutes while you melt the chocolate. 

Melting the chocolate:  Put the dark chocolate on the stove top over low heat.  As it begins to melt , turn off the heat and cover, stirring until consistently smooth and all chocolate has melted. 

Remove Ritz “sandwiches” from freezer and, using a fork, dip into chocolate to cover.   *Make sure your chocolate has cooled slightly.

Allow to set on the wax paper covered baking sheets in a cool place or in the fridge. 

Melt the white chocolate in a safe bowl using the microwave.  High setting for 45 seconds. Stir until melted.

Once the dark chocolate covered cookies are set, drizzle with the melted white chocolate.

Look delicious and taste even better.

*If you have extra dark chocolate, you might want to throw in some almonds or other favorite nut with raisins or dried cranberries to make another chocolate covered treat.

Puttin' on the Ritz
 
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We are into the hot, steamy days of summer. Who feels like baking when temperatures are close to 90 degrees? Certainly not me. .
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Recipe type: Snack dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 32
Ingredients
  • • 1 cup of hazelnut chocolate spread
  • • Ritz crackers (these are light and buttery which work perfect for the finish of rich, dark chocolate)
  • • 2 cups of dark chocolate chunks
  • • ½ cup white chocolate to finish
Instructions
  1. Line baking sheets with wax paper and put the Ritz crackers on the sheets in pairs.
  2. Spread about ¾ teaspoon or more on one cracker and top with another cracker to form a “sandwich”.
  3. Put in the freezer for about 30 minutes while you melt the chocolate.
  4. Melting the chocolate: Put the dark chocolate on the stove top over low heat. Allow to begin to melt then turn off the heat and cover, stirring until consistently smooth and all chocolate is melted.
  5. Remove Ritz “sandwiches” from freezer and, using a fork, dip into chocolate to cover. *Make sure your chocolate has cooled slightly.
  6. Allow to set on the wax paper covered baking sheets in a cool place or in the fridge.
  7. Melt the white chocolate in a safe bowl using the microwave. High setting for 45 seconds. Stir until melted.
  8. Once the dark chocolate covered cookies are set, drizzle with the melted white chocolate.
  9. *If you have extra dark chocolate, you might want to throw in some almonds or other favorite nut with raisins or dried cranberries to make another chocolate covered treat.

What’s your favorite no-bake treat, especially during hot summer days?

Joanne

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What have you been eating lately that’s fresh and in season?

Joanne

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