Crunchy Monkey Pie

Updated on March 5, 2020
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Loraine, wife, mother and grandmother shares favorite family recipes. Most are easy to make, 'cause she doesn't like to stay in the kitchen.

Ritz Crackers, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate

What do you call Ritz crackers that are combined with peanut butter and chocolate? Kids call them Crunchy Monkey Pies. This super-easy dessert is perfect for holiday treats and lunch bag sweets.

Like most adults, I love pie. I'm not even very fussy about the flavor. Got pie? I'll eat it. But lots of kids, especially the littlest ones, aren't that crazy about pie. They prefer a dessert that they can pick up with their fingers and enjoy. This Crunchy Monkey Pie is exactly the kind of pie that kids love.

You can understand why they love it when you consider the ingredients: Ritz crackers, peanut butter, and chocolate. Imagine Ritz crackers as the crust, a smooth peanut butter filling, and a coating of chocolate. You'll love how easy this is to make—and the kids will love how they taste.

A perfect holiday pie for the kids!


  • 96 Ritz crackers
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Chocolate almond bark


  1. Spread about a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter on half (48) of the Ritz crackers. Cover the peanut butter with a Ritz cracker, turning and pressing down to bring the peanut butter to the edges of the crackers.
  2. In a dry bowl, break up the almond bark and microwave for 90 seconds. Stir the chocolate and continue microwaving for an additional 15 seconds. Stir and repeat, microwaving for 15 seconds until the almond bark is melted.
  3. Dip one peanut-butter-filled Ritz cracker pie into the melted almond bark until coated. Set aside to cool on tinfoil.
  4. Repeat Step 3 until all pies are completed.
  5. When the pies are cool, they can be stored in a single layer in plastic bags. These do freeze well. Thaw before serving.
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Step 1: Gather the Ingredients

First you'll want to gather all your ingredients, the Ritz crackers, creamy style peanut butter and chocolate almond bark.

Try not to sample too many crackers before starting.

Step 2: Spread Peanut Butter Between Ritz Crackers

To get a nice amount of peanut butter nicely sandwiched between two crackers, press and turn the top cracker over the peanut butter to set the top and bring the peanut butter to the edges of the crackers. This step goes pretty fast once you get the hang of it.

Step 3: Break Up the Chocolate Almond Bark

The almond bark melts best when you make sure that the bowl is completely dry. Make sure there is no moisture in it. Then, break the almond bark into pieces in your clean, dry bowl.

Step 4: Melt the Chocolate Almond Bark

Put the almond bark in the microwave for about 30 seconds, stir the bark, and continue melting. When the almond bark is completely melted, dip to cover the peanut butter filled Ritz crackers.

Place the crunchy monkey pies on a tinfoil covered pan until the almond bark sets firmly.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      • pcgamehardware profile image


        7 years ago

        Sounds sooooo yummy, I can't wait to try this crunchy monkey pie recipe... :)

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        7 years ago

        nice lens, yummy pie

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        7 years ago

        This Crunchy Monkey Pie looks wonderful.

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        7 years ago

        Wow, these crunchy monkey pie make my mouth water!

      • OrganicMom247 profile image


        7 years ago

        everybody loves pie!! and to think that this is very easy to do. just wow. i like how this lens was presented, with photos :D great job!

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        7 years ago

        I'd never heard of Crunchy Monkey Pies before, I will have to try some! :)

      • mortgage2 profile image


        7 years ago

        Sounds like a splendid Thanksgiving idea, the monkey pie is a super different sounding recipe, many thanks

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        7 years ago

        I will be making these thanks Happy Thanksgiving :)

      • Tennyhawk profile image


        7 years ago

        Absolutely! Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

      • meltyourmansheart profile image


        7 years ago

        i'm definitely trying your crunchy monkey pie. I never thought of putting those things together. But i eat them separately.

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        normal lm 

        7 years ago

        I have never tried the Peanut Butter Between Ritz Crackers. This seems to be very yummy.. My kids will love it. Thanks for sharing such idea.

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        Fay Favored 

        7 years ago from USA

        I'd like to try making these for this year's gift bags. They look good and fun to make. Thanks for the idea.

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        Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

        7 years ago from Johanesburg

        Great lens filled with yummy ideas

      • PianoGeek LM profile image

        PianoGeek LM 

        7 years ago

        Super easy and fun!

      • PiccadillyPunkin profile image


        7 years ago

        Also, I love the idea of trying them with cream cheese...YUM! Will have to try that!

      • PiccadillyPunkin profile image


        7 years ago

        Absolutely! These are the BEST! Growing up, our family called them "Santa Delights" and had them as fun Christmas treats. You can use any combo of melted chocolate chips (white chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter or a mix of all of them - which was always my favorite!)

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        7 years ago

        Delicious! But I'd have to limit myself to like 2!

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        Loraine Brummer 

        7 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        @anonymous: Maybe try one of the cream cheese fillings from the site shown above in the black box that I've just added to this lens.

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        7 years ago

        Anything made with peanut butter has to be good :-)

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        Tony Bonura 

        7 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

        I have had Ritz crackers with peanut butter, but not with chocolate--yet! Gonna try it real soon. Especially with the holidays coming.TonyB

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        7 years ago

        What other filling could be used instead of peanut butter? Some folkks can't eat peanuts. marshmellows?, or fudge filling? have family that can not have peanuts in the house.

      • delia-delia profile image


        7 years ago

        Congratulations on LOTD! my hubby likes to eat Ritz crackers for snacks...maybe he would like this.

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        Elsie Hagley 

        7 years ago from New Zealand

        Congratulations for the LotD. This looks nice and easy, will make some. Thanks for sharing.

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        Darla Dixon 

        7 years ago

        Yum! Ritz crackers are half price this week at Publix supermarkets as well!

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        7 years ago

        oh my. that looks so good, so easy... and yes I'll be serving this quite soon!!

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        7 years ago

        I would serve and eat it. looks like a fun dessert! Congratulations on getting LotD!

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        7 years ago

        Nice recipe, and simple.

      • lbrummer profile imageAUTHOR

        Loraine Brummer 

        7 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        @DebMartin: Just dip them, one at a time, into the melted almond bark, turn them over with a fork, then place them on tinfoil to set.

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        Lou Martin 

        7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        These monkey pies looks very yummy! I need to try this some day! Great lens!

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        7 years ago

        Yum. I'm not a kid anymore and I'd love these. The only thing I must know is how do you dip them? Thanks.

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        7 years ago

        They would be tons of fun to make with kids! Yummy@

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        Faye Rutledge 

        7 years ago from Concord VA

        I LOVE these! I've never heard them called Crunchy Monkey Pies, but I've made the same thing. Love that name, and that's what I'll call them from now on! Congratulations on LotD!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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        ConnieGreen LM 

        7 years ago

        I might try this out, but it seems like it would be more fun for the kids

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        Crystal A Murray 

        7 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

        Yes, I'd serve it. In a heartbeat. I already love Ritz with peanut butter, and I love almonds, so it sounds like the perfect mix of treats. Congrats on LOTD for such a yummy-looking recipe.

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        Joanie Ruppel 

        7 years ago from Keller, Texas

        Adding the ingredients to my grocery list now! Thanks!

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        7 years ago

        Yummy looking pie and fab name! Love it!

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        7 years ago

        yummy pie, now i feel hungry :)

      • KimGiancaterino profile image


        7 years ago

        Crunchy Monkey Pies sure sound delicious! Congratulations on LOTD and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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        7 years ago

        Thanks for sharing this easy recipe! And I'm sure it is delicious too! Congrats on getting LOTD!

      • MelissaRodgz profile image


        7 years ago

        Oh my gosh this is so simple and looks delicious

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        Moe Wood 

        7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

        This looks so easy! I imagine the salt of the Ritz with the sweetness of the chocolate is an excellent combination.

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        7 years ago

        What an interesting combinations of ingredients! I may have to try these.

      • intermarks profile image


        7 years ago

        What a simple and easy recipe, why I never though of it before? Thanks for sharing. My kids will definitely like it.

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        Pinkmaddy LM 

        7 years ago

        These look delicious! My kids will love them cause they love those crackers! Thanks for sharing Loraine!

      • aliciamaggie54 profile image


        7 years ago

        This seems so easy and simple. It sounds so good too. I would serve it.

      • vetochemicals profile image


        7 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

        The best things in life are sometimes the simplest too! What a great idea crunchy monkey pie is, I'll do it! Thanks and congrats on LOTD:) xoxo

      • floppypoppygift1 profile image


        7 years ago

        These look like a fun recipe to add to the Christmas Cookie platter this year! Cheers~cb

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        Mary Stephenson 

        7 years ago from California

        Yum, all great ingredients. Never thought about putting them together, but I am sure they would be a big hit.

      • babynstar profile image


        7 years ago

        My goodness it looks amazing!

      • montanatravel52 profile image


        7 years ago

        I'm not sure who would end up eating them all, me or my kids:) Great and yummy idea, congrats on LOTD!

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        7 years ago

        Congratulations on LOTD. Great easy to make recipe. Wow, I think I could even make this. Sounds good to me. Thanks.

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        7 years ago

        I guess I must be a kid at heart, I like to have treats I can pick up with my fingers and enjoy and your Crunchy Monkey Pie is a perfect yummy delicious treat that the adults will be reaching for too...congratulations on LotD honors for this anyone can do it fun dessert!

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        7 years ago

        I'm definitely trying this. I love easy recipes. Thanks Loraine & congrats on LotD.

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        darciefrench lm 

        7 years ago

        Crunch monkey pie sounds delightfulicious indeed :)

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        faye durham 

        7 years ago

        This sounds delicious and easy. Congrats on lens of the day.

      • Jogalog profile image


        7 years ago

        Sounds delicious. I'm sure kids would love them.

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        Glenda Motsavage 

        7 years ago from The Sunshine State

        Wow...a blast from the past! I remember eating these as a kid. I'd say they're for the young AND the young at heart...sooo good! Kudos for the LotD!

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        7 years ago

        I love easy recipes!! Congratulations on a very tasty Lens of the Day :)

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        Susan Deppner 

        7 years ago from Arkansas USA

        I remember the first time I had one of these - though I didn't know about the cute crunchy monkey name - Loved them! Congratulations on your yummy Lens of the Day!

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        Stephen J Parkin 

        7 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

        That is real easy to do and sounds interesting to eat too.

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        7 years ago

        Very innovative idea. That would be easy to make.

      • shovonpk profile image


        7 years ago

        yes Kids Love it....

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        John Tannahill 

        7 years ago from Somewhere in England

        Congrats on LotD. Never heard of these Crunchy Monkey Pies.

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        7 years ago

        Wow.. what a GREAT idea!!!!!! I think I am going to make these easy chocolate peanut butter pies for my kids! Blessed!

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        Tea Pixie 

        7 years ago

        Yum! Can't wait to make these. So simple! Thanks for the recipe.

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        Peggy Hazelwood 

        7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        Oh yeah, these sound yummy! What a great little dessert for anyone!

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        Deadicated LM 

        7 years ago

        Oh wow, these sound gooooood!!! Thanks for sharing.

      • lbrummer profile imageAUTHOR

        Loraine Brummer 

        7 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

        @lorenrodgers5: Probably not as sweet. The Ritz crackers have a little more of a buttery taste than the vanilla wafers of the twix.

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        7 years ago

        Interesting... does it favor a peanut butter twix?


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