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Crunchy Monkey Pie

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.

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.


© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Would You Make Crunchy Monkey Pie? - or leave a comment.

pcgamehardware on February 12, 2013:

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

dinapakaso on December 13, 2012:

nice lens, yummy pie

getmoreinfo on December 03, 2012:

This Crunchy Monkey Pie looks wonderful.

kayla_harris on November 29, 2012:

Wow, these crunchy monkey pie make my mouth water!

OrganicMom247 on November 25, 2012:

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!

halloweenprops on November 22, 2012:

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

mortgage2 on November 22, 2012:

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

debsgreatfinds on November 21, 2012:

I will be making these thanks Happy Thanksgiving :)

meltyourmansheart on November 20, 2012:

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

normal lm on November 19, 2012:

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.

Fay Favored from USA on November 19, 2012:

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

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on November 19, 2012:

Great lens filled with yummy ideas

PianoGeek LM on November 18, 2012:

Super easy and fun!

PiccadillyPunkin on November 18, 2012:

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

PiccadillyPunkin on November 18, 2012:

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!)

RunescapeMC on November 18, 2012:

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

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 18, 2012:

@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.

Doc_Holliday on November 18, 2012:

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

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on November 17, 2012:

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

anonymous on November 17, 2012:

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 on November 17, 2012:

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

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on November 17, 2012:

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

Darla Dixon on November 17, 2012:

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

fullofshoes on November 17, 2012:

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

anonymous on November 17, 2012:

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

anonymous on November 17, 2012:

Nice recipe, and simple.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 17, 2012:

@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.

Lou Martin from Atlanta, Georgia on November 17, 2012:

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

DebMartin on November 17, 2012:

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.

kathyjd on November 17, 2012:

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

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on November 17, 2012:

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!

ConnieGreen LM on November 17, 2012:

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

Crystal A Murray from Corydon, Indiana, USA on November 17, 2012:

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.

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on November 17, 2012:

Adding the ingredients to my grocery list now! Thanks!

tobydavis on November 17, 2012:

Yummy looking pie and fab name! Love it!

restaurantsinlebanon on November 17, 2012:

yummy pie, now i feel hungry :)

KimGiancaterino on November 17, 2012:

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

olmpal on November 17, 2012:

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

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on November 17, 2012:

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

MiaMusement on November 17, 2012:

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

intermarks on November 17, 2012:

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

Pinkmaddy LM on November 17, 2012:

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

aliciamaggie54 on November 17, 2012:

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

Cindy from Pittsburgh Pa on November 17, 2012:

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 on November 17, 2012:

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

Mary Stephenson from California on November 17, 2012:

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

babynstar on November 17, 2012:

My goodness it looks amazing!

montanatravel52 on November 17, 2012:

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

pawpaw911 on November 17, 2012:

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

anonymous on November 17, 2012:

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!

NightMagic on November 17, 2012:

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

darciefrench lm on November 17, 2012:

Crunch monkey pie sounds delightfulicious indeed :)

faye durham on November 17, 2012:

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

Jogalog on November 17, 2012:

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

Glenda Motsavage from The Sunshine State on November 17, 2012:

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!

candy47 on November 17, 2012:

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

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 17, 2012:

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!

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 17, 2012:

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

RoadMonkey on November 17, 2012:

Very innovative idea. That would be easy to make.

shovonpk on November 17, 2012:

yes Kids Love it....

John Tannahill from Somewhere in England on November 17, 2012:

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

miaponzo on November 17, 2012:

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

Tea Pixie on November 16, 2012:

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

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on November 16, 2012:

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

Deadicated LM on November 16, 2012:

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

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on November 16, 2012:

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

lorenrodgers5 on November 15, 2012:

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

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