With some peanut butter and chocolate you can turn simple Saltine crackers into fancy party snack sandwiches.
Peanut Butter and chocolate are kind of like magic ingredients. If I hear one or both of these ingredients, my eyes light up and my taste buds start salivating. I hardly ever say “no” to goodies that have peanut butter and/or chocolate on the ingredients list. It is exactly these two ingredients that can turn simple crackers in to a fancy party snack. So, if you’re looking for new, interesting ideas for your next party, this is a recipe you should consider!
I got the idea for these pimped-up Saltine cracker sandwiches from a snack bar that is being sold here in Vietnam. It basically consists of Saltine crackers with different flavored fillings. Unfortunately, those fillings don’t taste very good. They are just very sweet, creamy and highly processed “stuff”. Not really my idea of a dessert, if I’m being honest. Sure, the added colorings and artificial flavors are intended to make you think you’re eating strawberries or chocolate cream, but I wasn’t fooled.
Instead, I was inspired to make my own version that is at least a little more real. For one of these snack sandwiches I used 3 plain Saltine cracker squares and spread a little melted chocolate (I personally prefer dark chocolate) between two squares. Then I topped it with another square that was spread with peanut butter. And as if that wasn’t enough of the “magic ingredients”, half of the sandwich is dipped in melted chocolate and then drizzled with a little more. Just for the “pretty” factor. Of course, it’s best when desserts taste delicious, but I also think there is something to be said for how aesthetically pleasing a dessert looks, too!
So, if you’re looking for another treat to put on the snack table for your next party, why don’t you make these easy Saltine sandwiches? Chances are that you already have all ingredients in your pantry. You can also use different kinds of crackers and your choice of chocolate and peanut butter (or other nut butters). I think almond butter and dark chocolate would be amazing together, too! For theme or holiday parties, you could even change up the ingredients all together. For example, for Christmas you could do white chocolate and peppermint! Just throwing ideas out there! This simple and easy to make dessert could be done in so many great ways!
Share your results with me, especially if you put your own spin on things! I always love to hear what works for other people, with pictures! If you happened to use this dessert at a party, what other desserts did you make? I am always looking for new ideas, too!
Although I didn’t care for the packaged snack bars that inspired this post, here in Vietnam, there are other amazing foods here I really like. Top runners are Pho and fresh spring rolls. I’ll really miss those when we move on, but I just learned how easy fresh spring rolls are to make from a fun video in the sidebar player. Check it out, if you love Vietnamese/Asian food as much as me.
Saltine Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwiches
- 36 Saltine squares
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup 6 oz. chocolate, divided
- If required, break Saltine crackers into squares. Melt about half of the chocolate on top of a double boiler or in the microwave.
- Spread approx. one teaspoon of melted chocolate on 12 of the crackers and top with another cracker.
- Spread one teaspoon of peanut butter on remaining 12 crackers and place on top of the chocolate cracker sandwiches. Place stacked cracker sandwiches in the fridge to set up a little.
- Melt remaining chocolate on top of a double-boiler or in the microwave. Dip half of the cracker sandwiches into the melted chocolate and place them on a lined tray.
- Once all sandwiches are dipped, drizzle some of the remaining melted chocolate over top.
- Place in the fridge until chocolate is set.
great idea! i love Saltines.
Thank you Dina. Saltines are great by themselves and also for use in all kinds of edible projects 😀
Reba- Not So Perfect Life
These cookies look very similar to the white chocolate covered Ritz crackers and PB cookies. I bet these taste awesome! I will have to try them out. Best part is that you can make one cookie only so you have built in portion control!
Thats an awesome thought Reba. Never thought about the portion control benefit before 😉
What a great idea! These look like such a easy and perfect snack!
Super easy indeed and almost too easy a snack too. They disappeared in no time 😀
Especially like the added touch after dipping in chocolate--the drizzle on the other half. That takes it up a notch and makes it classier.
Thank you so much Kathleen. I first didn't have the drizzle and already took pictures but thought they looked just too plain. Drizzle can so easily make something look more fancy 😉
ashley - baker by nature
Oh me goodness... I love this idea!!!
Thank you so much Ashley. Although I guess, at least partial credit goes to Vietnamese candy bar makers 😉
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
These look SO awesome, Regina! Growing up, I'd always shmear peanut butter (or yes, straight butter haha) onto saltines and make little sammies. These look so pretty and grown up!
Haha...even straight up butter is much better than the strange, processed filling in these Vietnamese bars.