Classic peanut butter crackers get a Halloween make-over with these spooky Ritz monster snacks. Creamy peanut butter is layered between two salty crackers then coated entirely in chocolate and topped with candy eyes, resulting in a spooktacular treat that everyone will love.
As a regular host, I know how important it is to have food that looks as good as it tastes without breaking the budget or using up all of your time. These peanut butter monster snacks are the perfect solution.
Peanut butter crackers are a classic snack that has stood the test of time. Make it even better when you coat the salty sweet sandwich in chocolate for a sweet and salty snack!
Take it up one more notch when you top it with spooky eye candy for a treat that is perfect for any Halloween party whether you’re trying to serve kids or adults!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Salty and sweet – I love a good sweet but pairing it with a salty cracker makes this chocolate peanut butter combo even more delicious.
- Easy on the budget – using ingredients you likely have on hand, this recipe is a great way to save a few bucks.
- Pairs with other treats – these versatile monster snacks can be the focal point of a table or a fun accent treat to go along with something like this dirt and worms frosting board or this graveyard cake.
- Ritz Crackers – I prefer Ritz but other round salty cracker brands work just as well.
- Creamy peanut butter – creamy peanut butter is my preference but you can easily use crunchy. Any brand of peanut butter works for this, although I recommend avoiding a natural brand where the oil may separate from the peanut butter.
- Colored melting wafers – you can buy individual colors or use almond bark mixed with food coloring to create whatever colors you want.
- Candy eyes – here are the various white eyes I used. You could also use these fun colored eyes, but I personally prefer the white to pop against the color of the candy melts.
How to make monster ritz crackers
You are just a few steps away from having these cute cookies ready to eat! I wrote out everything you need to know below so simply follow the directions and you’ll be snacking away in no time.
1-make the sandwiches
- Begin by laying a piece of parchment paper onto a clean working surface.
- Lay 16 Ritz crackers onto the parchment paper then add roughly a tablespoon of peanut butter onto each cracker.
- Evenly spread the peanut butter around on each cracker then lay a second Ritz cracker on top of the peanut butter, creating a sandwich.
2- melt the chocolate
- Melt four ounces of purple melting chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl. To do this, melt the chocolate in 20 second increments in the microwave until it is fully melted. Make sure to stir in between each 20 second increment. The chocolate should be thin enough to dip the cracker sandwiches in.
- Repeat the process to melt the orange and green melting wafers so you have three bowls of different colored melted candy melts.
3- cover sandwiches in chocolate
- Once all the chocolates are melted, dip each peanut butter cracker sandwich into one of the bowls of melted candy melts. Place the cracker onto a fork and gently dip the sandwiches in the chocolate.
- Once dipped, return the cracker to the parchment paper and allow it to set completely.
I like to do an even number of each color of the monster snacks just for visual purposes, but it really doesn’t matter that much how many of each there are. You could even melt one color of the candy melts and dip until that color runs out then melt the other color so you don’t end up with any excess candy melts left over.
4- Finish the Monster Snacks
Last but not least, let’s turn these chocolate dipped peanut butter crackers into peanut butter monster snacks!
- While the chocolate is still soft, add the candy eyes to the crackers. There is no wrong way to do this part, so get creative with your monster crackers. I like to do them all different so it looks like a bunch of different monsters.
- Once all of the eyes are added, let them sit until the chocolate is set so you can serve them without making a huge mess. If you want to speed up the process simply throw them into the fridge for 15 minutes.
5 – Serve
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in a cool place until you’re ready to serve! These make great additions to boo baskets (just watch our for peanut allergies), Halloween party favors, or even just fun Halloween snacks for any upcoming parties!
These don’t make the best Halloween party snacks for school parties simply because so many schools have restrictions against bringing peanut butter and sometimes nuts in general to school. If you’re looking for something good to bring to a Halloween classroom party, try these Halloween dirt cups instead!
Expert Tips & Storage Info
Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the melting chocolate to make it easier to dip the cookies in.
Use pre-made peanut butter crackers to make these even easier.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.
Skip the peanut butter and use melted chocolate chips or a no-not chocolate spread instead if you want to try these but don’t want to deal with peanut allergy concerns!
You can substitute the peanut butter for your favorite nut butter! You can also try things like cookie butter, sun butter, melted chocolate, or Nutella!
You can use white chocolate chips along with food coloring instead of the candy melts, but they are a lot tricker to get the coating correct. I would recommend using almond bark or melting wafers before trying chocolate chips. If you do use white chocolate chips, make sure they are a high-quality brand like Ghirardelli.
More Easy Halloween snacks
Make some of these other fun Halloween themed treats to go along with these delicious monster snacks! These would all go great together on a Halloween dessert board or on this spooky Halloween frosting board!
- Oogie Boogie Donuts – this fun movie inspired Halloween treat is another chocolate dipped delight!
- Spider web pretzels – another sweet and salty treat that’s super easy to make!
- Halloween spider treats – spiders made out of Oreos and chocolate, it doesn’t get much more spooktacular!
- Cauldron cupcakes – Halloween inspired cupcakes that combine chocolate and rice krispies in a boo-tiful way!
- Halloween bark – s’mores in bark form combined with chocolate candy, does it get any better?
Peanut Butter Monster Snacks
- 32 Ritz crackers
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 4 oz orange candy melts
- 4 oz green candy melts
- 4 oz purple candy melts
- candy eyeballs
- Lay a piece of parchment paper onto a clean working surface or on a baking sheet.
- Add 16 Ritz crackers onto the parchment paper then add about a tablespoon of peanut butter onto each cracker. Smooth it out then top it with another Ritz cracker.32 Ritz crackers, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- Melt four ounces of purple melting chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl. To do this, melt the chocolate in 20 second increments in the microwave until it is fully melted. Make sure to stir in between each 20 second increment. The chocolate should be thin enough to dip the cracker sandwiches in.4 oz orange candy melts
- Repeat the process to melt the orange and green melting wafers so you have three bowls of different colored melted candy melts.4 oz green candy melts, 4 oz purple candy melts
- Dip the peanut butter cracker sandwiches into the different melted wafer colors. Place the cracker onto a fork and gently dip the sandwiches in the chocolate. Place the dipped snack onto the prepared parchment paper.
- While the chocolate is still soft on the cracker, add the candy eyes to the crackers.candy eyeballs
- Wait for the chocolate to completely set before you serve them.