Sweet ‘n Salty Cracker Pies

I don’t know anything about football. Well, that’s not completely true.

I know some things: like what the linebacker’s job is, and that a touchdown is a good thing, and a penalty is a bad thing. Clearly, important stuff you need to know when watching America’s favorite sport.

You see, even though I was raised in a football-loving family, my dad is all crazy about wrestling. You know, the super sweaty sport where guys (or girls, they don’t discriminate) roll around and pin each other to the mat? And wear Spandex? Just to clarify, wrestling is NOT the same thing as the crap they show on TV where the overly-roided guys with mullets throw folding chairs at each other. That’s just redneck entertainment.

And because pops was super wrestler guy, and a high school coach, I followed in his footsteps (so to speak) and did the stats for all the wrestling tournaments and duals all four years of my glory days. That meant waking up at oh, 4 in the morning on Saturdays to travel to nearby schools and watch a bunch of high school boys wrestle and take their score. Needless to say, it had its pros and cons.

Pros being: sometimes cute guys (in Spandex, a plus); meeting said cute guys (in Spandex); and finally knowing about a sport in its entirety. Somehow, I guess, that’s a pro.

Cons being: spending my Saturdays in sweaty high school gyms; gross boys (in Spandex); being hit on by gross boys (in Spandex).

Even though my brother (and past boyfriends) played football, I never quite understood it. I mean, it isn’t brain surgery; you can get the gist of what’s happening while watching it. And the whole Superbowl experience isn’t necessarily just about the game. It’s about the company, the competitiveness, and of course, the food. Or if you’re supremely dorky like me, it’s all about Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.

Between the beer, wings, seven-layer-dip and pizza, there needs to be some sweetness in there somewhere. However, it’s hard to perfectly pair a Bud Light with a cupcake, so I needed to switch things up for game day. Salty crackers got a sweet makeover with a peanut butter and marshmallow filling, and then got dunked in semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkled with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups. The salty and sweet combination is something everyone can understand, and the competition may be turned from the Steelers v Packers to who gets the last cracker pie.

Sweet ‘n Salty Cracker Pies

1 box Ritz crackers (I used about two and a half sleeves)
1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
2/3 c creamy peanut butter
6 squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet chocolate
8 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped small

1. In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter and marshmallow creme. Microwave for approximately 15-20 seconds to soften, then stir to combine completely. Carefully spoon into a baggy and seal out the air. Snip the corner of the baggy and gently pipe a blob of frosting into the underside of one cracker. Gently press second cracker to adhere to the filling, creating a “sandwich.” Once all cracker pies have been made, refrigerate until firm, about 10-20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, microwave chocolate squares following package directions. Once cracker pies are firmed up, carefully dunk one side of the pie in the melted chocolate and liberally sprinkle with chopped Reese’s. Place cracker pies on a wax-paper lined baking sheet. Once all the cracker pies have been dipped and sprinkled, refrigerate until completely firmed and chocolate is hardened, about 20-30 minutes.

Save a few for yourself, then let the men fight over them. You don’t want to get involved should actual folding-chair throwing occurs.

Happy Footballing!

xo, Hayley

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