Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

I happen to think sweet dipsslashappetizers are brilliant. I mean, salsas and bean dips and spinach artichoke dips are everywhere, right? Every party. Always the same. But sweet dips? They are so where it’s at or at least where I’m at. Yep, that’s me. Hunkered over the sweet dip at the party hoarding it to myself and showing off my awesome social skills.

It was just a matter of time before I figured out a version for peanut butter cookie dough. I realize not everyone has peanut butter cookie dough on the brain but I’ll forgive you; we can still be friends, especially because this dip is so incredibly tasty. Creamy, lightly peanut buttery, sweet and filled with nibbles of peanut butter cups and chocolate chips, this dip is highly delicious.

And here’s the deal (no scoffing, please), if you make this with light cream cheese and adhere to the 12 mini peanut butter cups (instead of throwing in the whole bag which I wasn’t tempted to do at all, uh-uh, not me, no never), it really isn’t that bad for you. Now I’m not calling it health food so please, no hate mail, but you could get all crazy and dip apples in it for Pete’s sake, if that helps rationalize the making of it. One of the boys’ favorite after-school snacks is apple slices dipped in peanut butter. This isn’t so different, right?

Right. So glad we had this talk. Happy weekend!

P.S.: Oh hey, by the way, I just added FOUR new weekly menus. Three are anytime menus and the fourth is a fab summer menu. Yippee for no-stress menu planning!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

Yield: Makes about 3 cups of dip

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip


  • 2 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, light or regular, softened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 12 mini peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Graham crackers and pretzels for serving


  1. In a medium bowl using an electric mixer (either handheld or a stand mixer) whip the cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and milk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Fold in the peanut butter cups and mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with graham crackers, pretzels or anything else your heart desires!

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

20 Responses to Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

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  2. cam says:

    can this be put in the fridge or should it be left out if i’m planning to bring this for the next night?

    • Mel says:

      Cam – I would definitely refrigerate if it is overnight – maybe take it out an hour or so before to let it soften up nicely for serving.

  3. Diva1gina says:

    O.M.G. This stuff is good! I’ve made a sweet pumpkin dip in the fall that everyone loves, but this is my first “cookie dough” dip. I’m thinking this will be popular all year round. Especially since dh’s favorite cookie of all time is peanut butter. our friends coming over for game night are in for a treat, indeed. Because I can’t resist playing around with a recipe, and our friends are trying to avoid cow’s milk, I made 2 half batches, using goat cheese instead of cream cheese and coconut milk for the second batch. There is no discernible difference in flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. MelanieL says:

    I finally got the chance to make this dip for a cookout we attended last night, it was a HIT! Everyone loved it but I noticed the men going back to dip the most!! I couldn’t decide if it was better with pretzels or graham crackers…delicious:)

  5. Stephanie says:

    Words do not describe how delicious this was! I made it for a small gathering and I think I ate over half of it! My hubby loved it too, and he doesn’t like cream cheese!
    Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. I love the added taste of peanut butter so I had to try this!
    I will be making this again as soon as I have more cream cheese and pb cups in the house!

  6. Katie says:

    I made this twice this weekend for two different gatherings. It was a hit at both!

  7. grace says:

    cookie dough dips can never be a bad thing. just the other day, i made peanut butter cookies and thought to myself that i’d rather eat that dough than chocolate chip cookie dough any day. bravo, mel!

  8. Laurel says:

    Looks Amazing! Wow! I’m thinking Oreos need an appearance too. We firmly believe Oreos make everything better. Yum. You hit the home run with this one! Good job!

  9. Mel, this looks irresistibly good! A must-make for my next party, for sure. Love it!

  10. I’m not a big peanut butter fan but this looks amazing.

  11. This looks out of this world! I’ve been craving peanut butter like its my job lately. I could seriously take a spoon to a bowl of this. No need for dippers!

  12. carrian says:

    I just want to point out that it’s also dairy. Dairy is definitely one of those things we should be eating/drinking, so yep this is good for you. I’m on your side.

  13. Tahnycooks says:

    This dip looks amazing!

  14. Dessert dips are the greatest because you can eat a ton, and it’s just dip so it doesn’t count. This is the best ever!!

  15. Ro says:

    Ok… you’re a rock star.. I’m your biggest fan. Cannot wait to try this as family night sweet. BTW… for those like me who prefer dark choc pb cups… T.J.’s. OMS… This little piggy needs a graham cracker matress a ganache blanket…

  16. Nicole Hunn says:

    Interesting take on the cookie dough concept, Mel! I have tossed so very many recipe failures over the last couple years, trying to make a great edible raw cookie dough (and finally succeeded, but it was painful. and expensive). But I never tried cream cheese as a base. Love it! And *ahem* naturally gluten free, for what it’s worth. 😉

    xoxo Nicole

  17. This is making an appearance in my house this week! I mean, it IS health food, you said so 🙂

  18. MelanieL says:

    Goodness! My kids will flip for this! Is it bad that I’m thinking this will be the perfect make-ahead appetizer/snack for our beach trip this summer? Pack it in the cooler and it’s ready when we get there to snack on all week!

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