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As soon as the warmer weather settles in and summer makes it's presence known, our side deck and fire pit become the go-to spot for planned and impromptu summer get-togethers with family and friends on the weekends. Those fun summer evenings usually begin with a little barbecuing and multiple games of corn hole, and they almost always end with all of us gathered around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. :) While we are all happy with some good ole fashioned s'mores, every once in a while I like to change things up and fancy up our s'mores parties a little bit. For our most recent weekend get-together, I had an idea for a cookie dough s'mores bar that I had just had to put into action.
But before we host any summer party, I always have to swing by our local Walmart to stock up on our favorite s'mores making supplies...
And Walmart made easy work of this for me since I found everything that I needed right in the front of the store in the nifty Let's Make S'mores Tonight display. I stocked up on Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars, Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares, and Kraft's Jet Puffed Marshmallows. Then I picked up everything that I would need to make some fun and easy cookie dough spreads.
I decided to go with a classic chocolate chip cookie dough spread, but I also thought a peanut butter and a snickerdoodle cookie dough spread would be fun...
Cookie Dough Spread 3 Ways
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: None
Ingredients (3 cookie dough spreads)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3-4 tablespoons milk
- (This basic dough will be divided into thirds.)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light in color and creamy with an electric mixer. Add in the vanilla and salt and mix in well.
Add in the flour and mix again. The mixture will be a little crumbly.
Add in the milk 1 tbsp at a time until you reach a cookie dough consistency.
Divide this basic cookie dough into 3 separate smaller mixing bowls.
Fold in the 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips into one of the thirds of cookie dough.For the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Spread
Using another third of the cookie dough, mix in the peanut butter well, and then mix in the 2 tbsp of flour until well blended.For the Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Spread
Mix the 1/2 tsp of cinnamon into the last third of cookie dough until well blended.
For a Cookie Dough S'mores Bar- Serve each cookie dough spread in a large ramekin with a small spatula. Add Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars, Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares, & Kraft's Jet Puffed Marshmallows, & you are ready for a s'mores party!
Cover & refrigerate any leftovers. Though I would suggest tossing out any leftover cookie dough spread if it has been outside longer than an hour or two.
Adapted from this recipe for Edible Egg-less Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Center Cut Cook.
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Since we were serving these fun cookie dough spreads, I decided to go with a cookie baking theme for our s'mores bar. I bought mini silicone spatulas for spreading the cookie doughs, and then displayed the 3 cookie dough spreads on a wire baking rack. Instead of labels, I used garnishes to let my guests know which cookie dough spread was which. The chocolate chip spread was obvious, but I used cinnamon sticks to garnish the snickerdoodle one and a couple of peanuts in the shell to garnish the peanut butter one. The Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars, Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares, and Kraft's Jet Puffed Marshmallows were all carried out and arranged on a large baking sheet. I also picked up some mini silicone baking spatulas for easy cookie dough s'mores assembly. This Cookie Dough S'mores Bar is fun, but was pretty fuss-free and easy to put together. When I host family and friends for s'mores parties, I like to keep things simple and come up with quick, easy solutions for summertime entertaining. Less is usually more for me because that means I get to spend more time with my guests enjoying their company and the delicious s'mores too... ;)
This Cookie Dough S'mores Bar was a huge hit with the entire family! And no worries because the cookie dough spreads are edible and egg-free.
Do you have a fun, out of the ordinary way to enjoy s'mores?
How would you fancy up the typical s'mores party?
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