It only takes 3 ingredients to make Copycat Tagalong Cookies. Made with butter crackers, peanut butter, and chocolate, this simple recipe is an easy way to enjoy the flavors of a Girl Scout Tagalong Cookie in a no-bake treat.
One of my favorite cookies as a child was my mom's Ritz Cracker Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies. Made with peanut butter sandwiched between butter crackers and then dipped in rich chocolate, these peanut butter cracker cookies were everything I craved in a sweet treat.
Even though my mom referred to these simple no-bake cookies as Ritz Cracker Cookies, to this day I still call them Homemade Tagalong Cookies, as they have all the elements of the famous Girl Scout cookie. A crisp base from the salty cracker, creamy peanut butter, and a rich chocolate coating.
These Tagalong Cookies are just as easy to make as my recipe for Copycat Thin Mint Cookies, and the flavor is perfect.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Made with only 3 ingredients.
- No baking is required.
- A perfect recipe for kids to help make--the task of spreading peanut butter is perfect for the kids to help with!
- Peanut butter chocolate perfection!
Notes on Ingredients
- Butter Crackers: You can use Ritz Crackers or any round cracker. Personally, I opt to use brands without hydrogenated oils. Most stores carry an organic brand that is made without hydrogenated oils, or you can order them from amazon.
- Peanut Butter: Shelf-stable creamy peanut butter is best. Use a brand like Jiff, or an all-natural shelf-stable natural peanut butter is best for these cookies. The refrigerated natural peanut butter is a bit runny and won't spread on the butter crackers quite as evenly.
- Chocolate: While chocolate almond bark melts and sets up easily, I personally recommend using real dark chocolate or milk chocolate for the best flavor and less questionable ingredients. You can use chocolate bars cut into chunks or chocolate chips.
How to Make Tagalong Cookies
- Spread peanut butter on half the butter crackers and then top with the remaining crackers to make a peanut butter cracker sandwich.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave using 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Dip each peanut butter cracker into melted chocolate, allowing the excess to drip off.
- Place the dipped sandwich cookie onto wax paper to harden it completely.
- Once the homemade Tagalongs cookies are set up, remove them from the wax paper and store them in an air-tight container for up to 5 days at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Tips for Making Homemade Tagalongs
While these no-bake peanut butter cracker treats are super simple to make, I do have a few tips to make the process easier.
- Recruit Help. There is a bit of tedious work when spreading peanut butter on the crackers, especially if you are making dozens of tagalong cookies. I find this is a great task to recruit helpers--think of your kids or grandkids! Not only does this make the process easier, but you are sure to make some sweet memories in the process.
- Melt more chocolate than you think you need. It will make the dipping process easier. You can stir raisins or nuts into any leftover chocolate and make chocolate-covered raisins or nuts so that nothing goes to waste.
- Use a narrow bowl for the chocolate. This will allow you to fully dip your cookie into the chocolate.
- Use a fork for dipping. Place the sandwich cookie onto a fork and then dip it into the melted chocolate. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl, letting the excess chocolate fall through the prongs of the fork back into the bowl.
- Use wax paper or parchment paper. Place the dipped sandwich cookie onto wax paper to harden it completely. Once hardened, the cookies will come right off the wax paper and the wax paper can be thrown away for easy clean-up.
- Dairy-Free Tagalongs: Use dairy-free chocolate chips and check the label of your crackers to make these treats dairy free. Believe it or not, most butter crackers are actually dairy-free!
- Gluten-Free Tagalongs: Use gluten-free butter crackers.
- Peanut-Free Tagalongs: Swap the peanut butter out for almond butter or soy butter.
More Peanut Butter Chocolate Treats
- Peanut Butter Balls
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bars
- Peanut Butter Coffee
If you enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies, I would love for you to leave a comment and review below.
Homemade Tagalong Cookies
- 60 Butter Crackers
- 1 pound quality milk chocolate
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- Spread 30 of crackers with about 2 teaspoons each of peanut butter and top with additional cracker.
- Chop up chocolate into small morsels. Melt chocolate, in 30 second intervals, in microwave, stirring between heating and until smooth.
- Use a fork to dip each cookie into chocolate and then tap on side of bowl to shake excess off. Place on wax paper to harden and set.
- Once cookies are set up, store in an air tight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. These cookies can also be frozen for up 1 month.
- Butter Crackers: Ritz Crackers are traditional, but I opt for a brand without hydrogenated oils.
- Peanut Butter: I do find that the shelf stable natural peanut butter is best for these cookies. The refrigerated natural peanut butter is a bit runny and won't spread on the butter crackers quite as thick.
- Chocolate: Almond bark is traditional, but I find real chocolate more flavorful and better suited to these cookies.
- Dairy Free Option: Use dairy free chocolate chips and these Organic butter crackers--they are actually dairy free!
This post was originally published in February 2016 but has been updated with new pictures and tips in December 2019.