I am working with HireInfluence to create two delicious recipes featuring Southwest Airlines and Mondelez/Ritz Crackers. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

A few years ago, we relocated from South Louisiana to North Texas.  While we still visit Louisiana often, there’s something about living in Texas that one can truly appreciate:  comfort food that has a way of brightening your day. 

I love a nice plate of homemade macaroni & cheese or a warm bowl of chili during the winter months, but if you ask my children, they will tell you their favorite thing to eat in Texas is fruit!  (hands down)

I was given the challenge of creating two recipes to show you how we top our Ritz Crackers, so I did what any fantastic Mom would do… I let my children help!

Our first recipe was created by my 6 year old chef.  Blake loves to help in the kitchen, so we rummaged through the kitchen and he pulled his favorite items: peanut butter, Ritz Crackers and bananas.  My daughter gave the suggestion of adding a 4th item to the mix (honey), creating a recipe even Elvis would love in Tennessee!

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This is the perfect topping for your Ritz crackers because your child can make it in less than 5 minutes, and nearly all by himself!  

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We simply spread peanut butter on a cracker, drizzled on a bit of honey, then added a slice of fresh banana!  Not only is it great for bringing a piece of Memphis, Tennessee into your home, it’s great for after-school snacks, too!


Our second snack was inspired by my daughter.  She has a love for anything that involves fresh fruit.  I tell her she must belong in a tropical state, and maybe we should travel to Orlando, Florida more often!

To top her Ritz Crackers, I brought her to the grocery store and let her pick out three favorite fruits.  While this was a hard choice, we talked about adding color to recipes to make them look appealing to the eye and mouth.  She decided to base today’s favorites on colors: green Kiwi, red cherries and bright oranges!

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We were excited to spend this odd rainy day in the kitchen together.  I kept mentioning that it rains often in Florida, so the weather was perfect for today’s tropical inspired mini fruit tart snacks!

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We gathered and prepped our ingredients, which included Ritz Crackers (we used the Hit of Salt variety), fresh sliced kiwi, a can of mandarin oranges (drained), cherries (drained) and cream cheese frosting (recipe below.)

Start by making the cream cheese frosting:
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    4 oz unsalted butter, softened
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer.
    On low speed, add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time until smooth and creamy.
    Scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure the sugar is all incorporated.
    Beat in the vanilla extract for 2-3 minutes.


To make the mini fruit tart snacks, lay out Ritz Crackers on a large serving platter.  Spread cream cheese frosting on each cracker, either with a plastic knife, spoon or piping bag.  Top with your favorite fruit toppings.

*Since the frosting contains cream cheese, make these 1 hour before serving or store in the refrigerator until guests arrive!


Both recipes are incredibly easy and ones that will bring you (and your children) to another Southwest destination – even if only for 10 minutes of the day!

Make sure you check back to hear which one of these recipes were my guests favorite!  I’ll be hosting a Ritz Cracker and Southwest party soon!

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