The 10 Best Recipes for The Late-Night Munchies

From addictive dips to melt-in-your-mouth cookies, these recipes will satisfy even the most severe late-night snack attacks.

  • Parker & Otis’ Pimento Cheese. Pimento cheese is, at its core, nothing but tufts of unmelted cheese, a cushion of mayonnaise, and chopped pimentos. Stir together a batch to keep it in the fridge all week—to stuff in grilled cheese sandwiches, on your favorite crackers, or in the crook of a celery stick if you’re feeling slightly virtuous.
  • Hippie Crispy Treats. Chocolate, almond butter, coconut oil, rice cereal, and maple syrup combine for a gooey, decadent, crunchy (yet fairly wholesome) snack that you can make ahead and enjoy for several midnight pantry raids to come.
  • Party Popcorn. Hot paprika, salt, and marjoram make run-of-the-mill microwaved popcorn a thing of snacks past.
  • Peanut Butter Cookies. These soft, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth cookies will become the new standard by which you judge all other peanut butter cookies. Pour yourself a glass of ice cold milk to dunk them in for a classic, comforting snack, or break out some ice cream and go full throttle with homemade ice cream sandwiches.
  • Caramelized Onion Dip. You’ll never go back to pre-made, store-bought onion dip again. The sweetness of caramelized onions infuses the entire dip, while classic onion dip ingredients—sour cream, cream cheese, and chives—pull the flavors together into a recognizable whole. Try it with your favorite chip or break out the carrot and celery sticks.
  • Smoky Fried Chickpeas. This is the chance for that hidden can of chickpeas left in your pantry to shine. Combine lemon zest, fresh thyme leaves, and thinly sliced garlic to mix with the chickpeas for crispy, crunchy, and fragrant bite-sized snacks.
  • Chevre Devils. Thyme-spiked chevre and crackly spiced pecans are perfect foils for sticky sweet Medjool dates—and perfect for those moments when you can’t choose between sweet and salty.
  • Rosemary Thyme Pita Chips. Contrary to popular belief, not all pita chips are created equal. This version, spread with both butter and honey before baking and dusted generously with dried herbs is extra rich, slightly sweet, and downright fragrant.
  • Maple Cinnamon Toast. Cinnamon-sugar toast is always a favorite, but this version -- which calls for stirring maple syrup and cinnamon into melted butter before slathering it on toast—is a major step up. Ready to take it even further? Instead of spreading your toast with the butter, try buttering untoasted bread and then broiling it so the sugars caramelize.
  • Party Pretzel Bites. Making your own pretzels takes a leisurely afternoon, but your midnight self will thank you when you’re snacking on warm, salty, brioche-like soft pretzels in bite-sized form. Grab a little mustard and a beer and make that snack the highlight of your day.

We’ll be honest: Our favorite time to creep into the kitchen for a little snack is late at night, during the long haul between tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast. Salty, sweet, or both, anything we can munch on while we watch one too many Breaking Bad reruns is a win in our book. From addictive dips to melt-in-your-mouth cookies, here are 10 recipes for the late-night munchies we reach for most often.

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