Do not let the name “pickle cookies” fool you. Pickle cookies (pickle crackers) are a quick appetizer snack that combines the salty sweet taste of Ritz Crackers, Hamburger pickles, and cheese into the quickest little snack bite ever.
Perfect on a homemade deli platter or appetizer tray, these TikTok Pickle Cookies are just very simple 3 ingredients.
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Pickle… Cookies?”
Sounds a bit weird, I’ll admit.
And to be fair, these little guys are not so much cookies as they are a variation on your typical cheese and crackers.
But it’s SOOO much more fun to tell your kids (or even your dinner guests) that what you just pulled from the oven are Pickle Cookies.
Seriously, the look on their faces!
TikTok Pickle Cookies
We originally discovered this idea from TikTok User OldSkoolKevmo, who shared this awesome fun idea from his childhood. And we are so glad he did!
Pickle cookies (why not call them pickle crackers??) turned out to be a fun little after school snack or appetize tray finger food. Make sure you follow him for more awesome ideas!
These little bite-sized gems are AWESOME. I’ve always loved Ritz crackers: the buttery crunch, the perfectly-salted texture, the way you can somehow devour an entire pack of them before you realize what you’ve done.
Adding pickles and cheese only makes Ritz crackers better, and of course there are limitless variations to this recipe!
I recently made the acquaintance of a beautiful two-year-old who (get this) LOVES drinking pickle juice! She may not be your typical toddler, but I can’t help but think that she would go NUTS for these Pickle Cookies.
And I think that might be this snack’s best quality: people generations apart, young and old, can all enjoy Pickle Cookies equally.
In fact, pickles, cheese, and bread have a long history together.
Fermented or pickled vegetables were a common method of preservation prior to refrigeration, as was cheese for preserving milk.
The combination of cheese, pickles, and bread used to be referred to as the “ploughman’s lunch” in post-war Britain as the country needed to increase cheese consumption after the end of rationing.
Pairing cheeses with pickles was a natural (and delicious) success!
- Ritz crackers
- 20 hamburger pickle chips
- 5 slices Colby jack cheese
How to make TikTok Pickle Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 20 crackers onto the baking sheet and top with pickles.
- Cut each slice of cheese into 4 small squares and top each pickle with cheese.
- Bake for 5 minutes or until Colby Jack cheese is melted over cracker. Let pickle cookies stand for 1 minute before serving.
What adaptations can I make to dress up Pickle Cookies for a party?
This recipe can be tweaked to make the perfect dinner-party appetizer or even wedding pass-around.
- Use higher-quality cheeses, especially variations of goat, blue, or brie, and skip the baking.
- Artisanal pickles are all the rage and easy to find at the grocery store. You can even use a different type of veggie, such as pickled carrot, okra, or beet.
- Ditch the Ritz for a simple cracker with seeds or nuts.
- Add a dash of mustard, horseradish, or hot sauce to the top, or even try some honey
- Spread a small amount of cranberry, fig, or apricot jam on the cracker before adding your cheese
- Top with sweet caramelized onions
- Try some spices on top like smoked paprika, cumin, or Italian seasoning.
What are some kid-friendly variations of Pickle Cookies?
My kids love Pickle Cookies just the way they are: simple dill chips, Ritz crackers, and a kid-friendly cheese make for the perfect after-school snack or birthday party starter. But sometimes it’s fun to change things up! Here are a few ideas to try the next time you make Pickle Cookies:
- Use cream cheese instead of colby jack
- Add crumbled bacon, slices of ham, or even pepperoni to the top of your Pickle Cookies before baking
- Add a dash of ranch dressing after baking
What kind of cheese can I use for Pickle Cookies?
Although this recipe calls for Colby jack cheese, really you can use all sorts of cheeses for these Pickle Cookies. Because pickles are salty by nature, lower-salt cheeses with high-fat contents are the best option:
- Monterey Jack
- Blue Cheese
- Goat Cheese
Can I make Pickle Cookies in an Air Fryer?
If you have an air fryer, you can use it to make Pickle Cookies. Different models will have different cooking times, but it should take between 4 and 8 minutes on high.
Can I make Pickle Cookies Keto?
If you are on a Keto diet, simply substitute the Ritz crackers for a keto-friendly option such as almond flour crackers for an amazing snack!
Additionally, you could simply make the keto cheese crackers and then add the pickles on top.
Are pickles healthy?
Pickles, like most vegetables, contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, and vitamin A.
Unfortunately, they also usually contain lots of salt. Luckily, there are lots of delicious options for pickles that are low-sodium in grocery stores today.
Fermented pickles (as opposed to your typical fresh-packed pickles) are great for gut health as they contain active probiotics, but this benefit is only gained when the pickles aren’t cooked.
What are some other old fashioned recipes that I can serve with Pickle Cookies?
If you’re looking for other throwback recipes that will pair well with Pickle Cookies for your next event or party, here are a few fun, retro options:
What are some other pickle sides that I can serve along with Pickle Cookies?
If pickles are your thing, why stop at just Pickle Cookies? Here are a few of my favorite cucumber and pickle recipes that you should try:
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