In my world, the best treats are easy, kid-friendly and tasty—using ingredients I normally have on hand. I’ve been known to invent some wacky recipes on the fly, based on whatever supplies are in my cupboard (and in my imagination). This, my friends, is one of those recipes. Introducing Ritz Peanut Butter Cup Monster Pops!
Why monsters, you ask? Because they’re fun for any occasion in any season, and doesn’t everybody want to chomp their teeth into a goofy five-eyeball monster head? (No…?) My girls got a big kick out of these monster pops, but if monsters aren’t your thing, you could decorate the Ritz peanut butter cups any way you choose. That’s part of the fun.
Whole wheat Ritz crackers
Creamy peanut butter
1 tsp canola oil
White, black, and assorted colors of decorative icing
Styrofoam or wax paper
1. Spread a generous amount of peanut butter onto one side of each cracker.
2. Press a popsicle stick onto one cracker, spread a little more peanut butter over the stick to act as “glue,” then top with another cracker. Lightly press the crackers together and wipe away any excess peanut butter.
3. Freeze the cracker pops until well chilled and firm, about one hour.
4. Pour chocolate chips and canola oil into a glass bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir well.
5. Dip the cracker pops into the melted chocolate until well coated; shake off the excess chocolate.
6. Let the pops harden on wax paper, or stick them into a block of Styrofoam to dry right-side-up. To speed up this step, put them in the refrigerator or freezer.
7. Pipe silly monster faces onto the hardened pops. Try white frosting eyeballs with black icing pupils, colorful jagged or straight mouths, various sprinkles or other candy decorations—get creative!
8. When the monster face icing is dry, and if you can resist eating all the pops yourself, you can package these Ritz Peanut Butter Cup Monster Pops individually in cellophane treat bags to give as class birthday treats or party favors. Enjoy!
For even more Ritz peanut butter cup pop fun, try these sweet variations:
- Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle the pops with crushed Butterfinger or Heath candy bars.
- Instead of peanut butter, spread the crackers with marshmallow fluff and chocolate peanut butter (Skippy makes a good one) or Nutella. Coat with either regular or white chocolate chips.
- Spread the crackers with chocolate peanut butter OR regular peanut butter plus a dab of fudge ice cream topping. Coat with butterscotch chips.
- Add a dab of caramel ice cream topping between the peanut butter crackers.
- Instead of Ritz, try using vanilla wafers or gingersnaps.