1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
18 Ritz crackers
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. In a shallow microwave-safe bowl, combine melted chocolate and shortening and heat for about 1 minute on high power, stirring every 10 to 15 seconds until chocolate can be stirred very smooth. Add peppermint extract and stir.
2. Coat a cracker in chocolate and remove it by lightly scooping it up from the underside with a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drain off through the fork tines. Place on parchment and repeat with remaining crackers. (If necessary, reheat the chocolate in 10- to 15-second bursts if it starts getting too firm for smooth dipping.)
3. Once all crackers have been dipped, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition score per serving: 149 calories, 8.8g fat, 18g carbs, 0g protein