These Ritz cracker cookies (also known as Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies and PMS cookies) require no baking, only 5 ingredients, and will satisfy all your sweet and salty cravings in 15 minutes! If you still need more to snack on, try my Salted Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Candied Pecans, or No Bake Cowboy Cookie Cups.
If you're reading this and you are someone who experiences PMS each month – these are for you.
If you're reading this and you are someone who has never experienced PMS, but likes the combination of sweet and salt – these are for you, too.
PMS cookies are a longtime favorite
I've been making these lovingly named PMS cookies for as long as I can remember. It started with spreading peanut butter on two crackers, and sandwiching chocolate chips in the middle.
Then it evolved into making the same thing, but with Marshmallow Fluff smeared onto one of the crackers, too. And then one day I added a pretzel twist to the middle of the whole thing and it was almost exactly what I wanted, but I still needed more chocolate.
I finally realized that taking a little extra time to melt chocolate and cover the little cracker cookie sandwich situation with said chocolate would get the job done.
It also meant that I could make them in larger batches and save them for when the cravings strike without having to put the effort in at those moments.
Why are they called PMS cookies?
Well, for one, the alternative would be No-Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter and Fluff Pretzel Ritz Cracker Cookies and I refuse to do that to you.
Secondly, most women are very familiar with the strong cravings you get when you're on your period, and a craving for something sweet and salty is one of the most well known. There's also the cliche in rom coms that a woman always goes for a pint of ice cream when she's sad, and a bar of chocolate during that time of the month.
Well, you know what? THEY'RE BOTH TRUE. But frankly, I go for either on any given day – the craving is just stronger when I'm experiencing PMS.
What do PMS cookies taste like?
If you've never tried this combination of flavors, it reminds me of a chocolate covered Nutter Butter with a scoop of fluff.
If that doesn't sound like the bomb dot com to you, you should probably see yourself out.
How to make the perfect PMS cookies
Like I mentioned before, these are thankfully pretty simple – which is exactly what you need if you're busy fighting with your hormones.
The recipe is constructed for making 12 cookies, but you can easily make as many as you want because it's a 2 cracker: 1 of everything else ratio.
You'll just need to adjust the amount of chocolate to your liking!
Does this recipe require any real cooking skills of any kind? It does not.
Do you need a mixing bowl? Nope.
Does this recipe include a bunch of high quality ingredients? It does not (though I'm very partial to all things Ghirardelli).
- On a clean surface, preferably covered in wax paper or nonstick silicone mat (s), lay out your crackers, bottom sides facing up and spread about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on 12 of the crackers.
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of marshmallow fluff on the other 12 crackers.
- Press a single pretzel into each of the fluff covered crackers.
- Now top the fluff and pretzel cracker with a peanut butter covered cracker.
- Place your assembled “cookies” on a plate or cookie sheet and place it in the freezer for at least 5 minutes.
- While the cookies are chilling, melt your chocolate according to package directions until fully melted and smooth – you can use a double boiler or your microwave.
- Remove cookies from the freezer. Using a candy dipper or fork, dip each cookie in melted chocolate until fully covered.
- Transfer the chocolate covered cookies to prepared wax paper or nonstick mat. I like to let the first coat of chocolate set, then drizzle a little more melted chocolate cross the top in a zigzag pattern to make them look a little bit fancier! Let them hang out there until they've completely set and the chocolate is no longer pliable to the touch.
Told you it was easy!
How to store PMS cookies
You'll want to store them in an airtight container at room temperature, and you can keep them for up to a week without any problems.
Frankly, you can probably keep them even longer in the fridge, but I've never experienced that because these babies are gone so quick!
Can anyone eat these?
Yes, of course!
Obviously, you don't have to be a woman who is experiencing PMS to make and enjoy these. Maybe you're just someone with an oven aversion.
Doesn't matter who you are, because these make for a really good Christmas cookie exchange treat because they don't have to be refrigerated and hold up well to travel in tins and boxes.
So double (okay fine, triple) a batch and then give some of them to your mailman, your kids' teachers, friends, and family.
… or just keep them all for yourself, because sharing is overrated.
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Sweet and Salty “PMS” Cookies
- On a clean surface covered in wax paper or nonstick silicon mat(s), lay out your crackers, bottom sides facing up.24 Ritz crackers*
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on 12 of the crackers.12 teaspoons peanut butter
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of marshmallow fluff on the other 12 crackers.12 teaspoons Marshmallow Fluff
- Press a single pretzel into each of the fluff covered crackers, then top with a peanut butter covered cracker.12 pretzel twists
- Place your assembled “cookies” on a plate or baking sheet and place it in the freezer for at least 5 minutes.
- While the cookies are chilling, melt your chocolate according to package directions until fully melted and smooth.10-16 ounces (283 ½ g) chocolate melting wafers
- Remove cookies from the freezer. Using a candy dipper or fork, dip each cookie in melted chocolate until fully covered, then place on prepared wax paper or nonstick mat**. Let set completely before storing. Enjoy!
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