Friday, December 18, 2009

Chocolate Ginger Cookies and Peanut Butter Marshmallow Chocolate Covered Ritz Crackers

I need to hurry with this post, but I MUST tell you about a couple goodies I’ve made for Christmas. 

First up some Chocolate Ginger Cookies.  I LOVE these.  They have the perfect chewiness and flavor.  I want to make them again, and again.  I got the recipe for these from Nicole at Baking Bites.  (If you haven’t before, check out Nicole’s blog, she has some GREAT stuff on there and she has a new baking book out!)

I supposed you could say I every so slightly adapted this recipe.  Nicole added 1/3 cup crystallized ginger to her cookies and I cannot find crystallized ginger where I live, so I left it out and added a little more ground ginger.  Did I mention that I love these cookies?  They are the perfect holiday cookie.

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I’ve decided not to repost the recipe since the only thing I did different was not add crystallized ginger.  Nicole suggested baking the cookies for 10-12 minutes and I only baked mine 8 minutes.  I wanted to make sure they were crunchy and I’ve learned that my oven seems to bake hot and fast.  Eight minutes was perfect.

You NEED to try these cookies.

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These cookies were rolled in a coarse (turbinado) sugar, which adds just the crunch I want.  Oh, Nicole suggests pressing down on each cookie dough ball slightly before baking and I didn’t do that either.  But really, you have to try these.

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Next I must share with you some super easy chocolate covered crackers that I made for a cookie swap.  You  might call it a cop out, since there was no baking involved.  I just call it that these are de-licious!  I found the idea for these at Taste of Home

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At Taste of Home these are called Yummy Cracker Snacks.  That’s not the name I would give them.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Chocolate Covered Ritz Crackers, adapted by Katrina from D. Weaver, Taste of Home

Ritz Crackers

Peanut Butter

Marshmallow Creme

Chocolate candy coating, chopped and melted

Place crackers on a wax paper lined baking sheet.  Put peanut butter in a piping bag (or zip top plastic bag, with the corner snipped off).  Pipe some peanut butter on to every other cracker.  Put some marshmallow creme into another piping bag or plastic zip top bag with the corner snipped off.  Pipe marshmallow onto the remaining crackers.  Sandwich a peanut butter cracker with a marshmallow cracker. 

Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 20-30 seconds.  Dip each sandwich into the melted chocolate, lifting them out with a fork and tapping the excess chocolate off the cracker.  Set on waxed paper.  After 4-5 crackers have been dipped, sprinkle with candy decorations.  Let chocolate firm up in cold place (I set the sheets on the deep freeze out in the garage!)

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Mmmm!  What other things can you think of to sandwich in between crackers and dip in chocolate?  I thought using graham crackers with marshmallow inside would be delicious S’mores!

I also got on a chocolate dipping roll and dipped Teddy Grahams (the chocolate chip ones!), Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish Preztel Crackers, Mini Oreo Cookies and Mini Nutter Butter Cookies.  All SO good!  I put a bunch of each in a pretty holiday glass and wrapped them up in plastic for the kid’s teacher gifts.

Happy Holidays!

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16 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh those cookies look wonderful Katrina. I have Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies in the oven and WOW are they good! My dad is coming for Christmas Eve, I think I will give those chocolate ginger cookies a whirl, but will probably do the same as you as far as the ginger goes. Thanks!

Megan said...

My son would love the Ritz crackers - and if you want some crystallized ginger just give the word and I'll send it to you - we have it all over the place here.

Donna-FFW said...

Both of these cookies sound like theyd be perfect on any hoiday cookie tray. I may have to try the chocolate ginger after your raves, yum!

♥peachkins♥ said...

its really a great thing that you did to the Ritz.It made the Ritz very posh!

Kerstin said...

What yummy treats! I keep hearing about chocolate covered Ritz crackers, but still haven't tried them and SO need to!

basicallybaked said...

Ginger and chocolate that's an interesting combo! I've seen different riffs of the pb dipped Ritz. I've never gotten around to trying it. My son would love those, so I hope I get to them eventually!

Emily said...

I love these kinds of Christmas treats! They all look great.

I hope you and your family have a merry Christmas.

Mimi said...

Katrina,
Great treats. Chocolate ginger cookies do look fantastic.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Mimi

Unplanned Cooking said...

How I would love to get a Christmas goodie box from you :). You inspire me to bake!

Romaine said...

Your dipped cookies are so festive. Love your pictures.

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

Wow, so great recipes to try for Christmas, thanks for sharing! And merry Christmas! :)

Judy said...

Katrina, I just made the chocolate ginger cookies also. They've been on so many blogs and I just had to try them. I made the recipe exactly as is, including the crystallized ginger. You should be able to find it in the spice section, or if not, try produce (Melissa's section has it). As for the cookies,they're good, but they're just too sweet for me, in a cloying sort of way. They're not my fave ginger cookie. The recipe comes from the Four Seasons Hotel.

Mandy said...

yum! Great Holiday treats!!!

Maria said...

Lovely creations. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I made these cookies a couple of weeks ago and made the same change you did - no crystallized ginger. They are great! They are waiting patiently in my freezer for Christmas...

Jaime said...

wow those ritz look so professional but easy!! thanks for sharing