So, Girl Scout season is over now, right?
They’ve come in a flurry of colorful boxes and charming chants and leave fat, sugar-coma’d people in their wake.
I tell you, those girls are on some kind of agenda.
Anywaaaaays. I was good and didn’t buy one box this year! However, that doesn’t speak anything in the way of my willpower (as in, I’m woefully willpower-less) because I still crave them on the daily.
Samoas? Yeah, they’re probably on my mind a good 17% of the day. I don’t really want to know what that says about me as a person.
So I decided since I had Samoas and Thin Mints on lock, it was time to tag myself onto the Tagalong bandwagon. Even a sweet reader named Ashlee C. thought so and asked me if I had a recipe, which led me to make this one. Who would guess they’d be 5 ingredients and ridiculously simple to make? Not I. (And FYI, this easiness is both a good and a dangerous thing, so don’t say you weren’t warned, Ashlee).
- About 15 Ritz crackers
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter
- About ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ pkg (about 6 squares) chocolate bark -- I like Candiquik
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the Ritz crackers face-up on the baking sheet and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, beat together with peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until blended and creamy. Gently spoon the peanut butter mixture into a piping bag attached with an open circle tip (I used Atecco 807). You could also spoon the peanut butter into a resealable plastic bag, seal out the air, and snip off a corner of the bag.
- Pipe a generous swirl of peanut butter on top of each cracker. Freeze the crackers briefly (about 15 minutes) just to set the PB.
- Melt the chocolate bark according to package directions until smooth. Dip the Tagalongs into the chocolate with a fork, allowing excess to drip off. Return them to the cookie sheet. Allow the chocolate to set before serving. Store them airtight, at room temperature or in the freezer -- they taste great both room temp and frozen!
Now, most Tagalong recipes on the interwebs require baking a cookie base, which, I get it– Tagalongs ARE cookies. However, I am A) lazy, and B) lazy, so I wanted something that would easily mimic that crunchy cookie base without actually baking anything. I love that Ritz crackers are SO adaptable that way. It’s easy to only think of them as a cheese and salami kinda vessel, but they’re super versatile and don’t taste cracker-y inside the Tagalong. AKA, they’re the perfect faux-cookie base — these copycats would fool the Girl Scouts themselves. Maybe then they’d show me their agenda…
Have a great Saturday!