cover1I was working at a specialty toy and educational supply store last year during the holiday season, and I was working a ton of hours.  It was the first Christmas (as a mom) that I was working outside the home.  At times, it was a real struggle to find a balance between working long retail hours and taking care of all the Christmas preparations.

I don’t really care for baking all that much.  And if I didn’t have a four-year-old who was starting to understand the concept of “tradition,” I would have gladly skipped the Christmas cookies that year.  But I have very fond memories of baking Christmas cookies, back in the 80s–with my mom and my Yiayia.  My mom’s kitchen transformed into a Christmas Cookie factory for one evening in December.  We made chocolate chip (actually–we made Toll House cookies), peanut butter cookies, hermits, kourambiethes, and finikia.

It didn’t feel right to skip the Christmas cookies last year–so I looked for some easy recipes.  Quick recipes, no bake recipes, few ingredient recipes, little prep recipes.

These Rolo Ritz Christmas Cookies (or, more appropriately–“stuffed crackers”) totally fit the bill for “quick and easy.”  And they’re good, too.  I mean–look, it’s two ingredients.  Are they the best thing your taste buds will ever experience?  Um, no.  Are they gourmet?  Um, definitely no.  But they’re good and you won’t be sorry you spent a whopping 10 minutes making a LOT of them.  The recipe is a no-brainer, but for your convenience, I have a printable PDF at the bottom of this blog post!

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You’ll want to preheat the oven to 350* and get yourself a box of Ritz crackers.  Plain is fine…I went with Snowflake Ritz because they were cute.

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Then you’ll want to remove the foil off of your Rolos.

For your own head–I had 52 Rolos in my bag.  My Rolo-to-Ritz cracker ratio was perfect.  In fact, I had more Ritz crackers than I had Rolos…so if you’re planning on making dozens and dozens and dozens–stick with the one bag-to-one box ratio.

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Lay your crackers face down on a cookie sheet.  I left one cracker face-up, so you could see the cute detail of the Snowflake.  My cookie sheets are pretty large–I was able to cram exactly 4 dozen Ritz crackers on one.

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Add one Rolo on top of each cracker.  If you have a preschooler, this is a great time to teach one to one correspondence.  (What?!?!?  I AM A PRESCHOOL TEACHER FOR LIFE!!  Hahaha!)  Put them in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

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The Rolos melt, but they don’t get messy.  They retain their shape nicely.  After 8-10 minutes in the oven, pull them out and place one Ritz cracker on top of each softened Rolo.  Push down gently, until the chocolate and caramel squish to the edge of the cracker.

That’s it.  Let them cool until the chocolate firms up and store them in an airtight container.

This is quite possibly the easiest cookie recipe, ever.  I mean–even with slice and bake cookie dough that you buy at the store, you still have a knife to wash.

You can print your own copy of the recipe HERE.

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Rolo Ritz Christmas Cookies from Glitter & Bruises

Rolo Ritz Christmas Cookies from Glitter & Bruises

Rolo Ritz Christmas Cookies from Glitter & Bruises