Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Dip

by Erin

Take your love of raw cookie dough to a new level with this cookie dough dip. Made with peanut butter and Reese’s cup for all the peanut buter lovers out there.

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Hard to believe that a year ago today I formally graduated with my PhD. Technically I acquired the title of “Dr.” 3 months prior in September when I defended my dissertation but December 13, 2013 is when I wore the fancy robe and got my giant degree (literally it’s huge). And today I am celebrating yet another graduation. No not another of my own (I haven’t been going to school in secret for the past year). My cousin Alex is graduating from Physician Assistant school!

To mark this momentous occasion I’ve decided to lay on some more news. Leading up to today, I have posted clues (1/2/3/4) on Twitter but no one tweeted any guesses. Either the clues were much too vague or no one saw them (I’m betting on the latter). I also dropped another hint on Thanksgiving when I commented about something I was looking forward to and a couple of you figured it out…

…what do you think?

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I got a job! A real life, using-my-degree job. And the best part? It’s at Ohio State which means I am moving back to Columbus! Bring on the football! And the buckeyes! And oh wait, the cold weather. Guess I’ll have to put my northern skin back on after living in the south for 8 years. Whatever, totally worth it. I will even have a view of the stadium from one of the break rooms. Guess where I’ll be eating all my meals?

I’ve actually known about this job prospect since the end of September but haven’t said anything about it except to a few people because it took until just earlier this week for it to finally become a tangible thing. Technically I am still waiting for my official offer to come through but I drove up there last week (for the background check and to look at places to live – it was a whirlwind of 24 hours) and as of right now it’s just a matter of waiting for all the paperwork to go through. I will start early January which means after venturing up to Rochester for Christmas I’ll be moving to Columbus!

Ah!! So let’s eat peanut butter and chocolate to celebrate a different kind of PB+Choc Saturday – the moving back to the home of PB+Choc Buckeyes!

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One year ago: My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago: Ron’s Chili

Four years ago: Oven-Fried Onion Rings


Makes approximately 2 cups


1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/2 cup mini Reese’s pieces

3/4 cup chopped miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Stir continuously, until the brown sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract and set aside to cool.
  2. Beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, and confectioner’s sugar for 1 minute. Slowly beat in the cooled butter mixture and beat again for another minute. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour into a serving bowl (garnish with additional chips, if you choose) and refrigerate.
  4. Remove 15-30 minutes before serving with Nilla wafers, pretzels, or graham crackers.

Source: Adapted from Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip.


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Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks January 5, 2015 - 6:43 pm

Congratulations!! I’m always so excited to hear about other academics actually getting jobs, particularly given this crappy funding and job climate. That’s so exciting (and doubly exciting that you get to move back to Ohio)!

Amy Conyers December 17, 2014 - 11:30 pm

Yum!!!!! Gotta try this for sure!!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm

*happy dance* yay yay YAYYYY!!! My bestie is in grad school at OSU (she graduates in May, though) too! I’m so excited you’ll be close enough for visits!!!! Ohio is so excited for you to come back!

and I’m excited that you made cookie dip that’s pb/choc. Have I mentioned that I adore you?

Erin M. December 14, 2014 - 5:29 pm


Patti December 14, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Great news! Congratulations to you. I have a bit of an idea what all that entails (I am studying for my Masters, so not the same but I have a little idea!) Go Bucks! (I don’t know is that what you say?? :-)

spiffycookie December 14, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Haha yup that’s exactly the right thing to say!

Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) December 14, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Yay Erin!!! So excited it all worked out! Now I just have to find the funding to go to Columbus!

spiffycookie December 14, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Wonder if there are any companies we can con into funding such an event. I think Nestle has a factory there…?

Tara December 14, 2014 - 9:21 am

YAY! Congratulations — so psyched for you.

spiffycookie December 14, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Double yay! Thanks Tara. You should come out and visit Kayle and I ;-)

Heather Saffer December 14, 2014 - 8:54 am

Congrats, Erin!! Peg told me when I saw her last week. This is such exciting news for you!!

spiffycookie December 14, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Thanks Heather!

Zainab December 13, 2014 - 6:46 pm

yay!! Congratulations again! So excited you will be going back to Ohio! Welcome back to the cold :)

spiffycookie December 13, 2014 - 11:40 pm

Haha thanks! I need to rebuy real winter boots. All I have are fashion boots that are just for show.


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