Your snacks will have instant name recognition with this cracker-candy recipe. Chocolate coated crackers get topped with sections of HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars and sprinkled with chopped peanuts. With HERSHEY'S name front and center, these chocolate cracker cookies are sure to be a smash.
Line trays or cookie sheets with wax paper. Remove wrappers from chocolate bars. Break 3 bars into pieces along bar sections; set aside.
Coarsely chop or break remaining 5 bars into small pieces; place in deep, small microwave-safe bowl (such as 1 cup glass measuring cup) with shortening. Microwave at medium (50%) 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.
Place container with melted chocolate in bowl filled with about 1 inch warm water to help keep the chocolate fluid longer. Be careful not to allow any water to get into the chocolate mixture.
Drop crackers into chocolate mixture, one at a time. Using fork, push cracker into chocolate so that it is covered completely. Remove from chocolate, tapping fork lightly on edge of bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place on prepared tray. Immediately press flat side of one chocolate bar section in center of cracker; sprinkle chopped nuts around edges. Repeat until all crackers are coated. (If chocolate mixture cools* and coating becomes difficult, microwave at medium 10 to 15 seconds; stir).
Refrigerate until chocolate hardens (about 20 minutes). For best results, store tightly covered in refrigerator.
*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutritional advice.