Family Holiday Ideas: Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip and Graham Cracker Houses

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Family Holiday Ideas with Skippy and Honey Maid
Like many people, one of my very favorite parts of the holiday season is creating and sharing holiday treats. Some of my favorite holiday memories as a child are of sitting at the kitchen table with my mom and sister decorating Christmas cookies. Then on Christmas Day itself, when we and the rest of our extended family went to my grandparents’  house, it was always fun to see and eat all the goodies my aunts and cousins had made too. Everyone seemed to have traditional holiday recipes they made every year, but there were also brand new goodies to try too.

Now that my nephew has come along, he has joined in the fun of Christmas baking and treat making. I’m glad that he likes to help in the kitchen and hope it’s something that continues. He is great at decorating and even when we make plain ‘ol chocolate chip cookies he is sure to artfully arrange 3 or 4 chocolate chips on the top of each cookie. He has always liked to decorate gingerbread houses, but we have found we can much more easily make Graham Cracker Houses.

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This is the first graham cracker house Little R ever made. It was a preschool project that used a small milk carton to easily contract the house. It means that you can’t eat your house, but we usually like to keep these on display. By the time we’re ready to give them up, they are a bit too old to eat anyway.

This year we expanded on this original idea and decided to make a BIGGER graham cracker house using a full-size half-gallon milk carton.  Here are some simple step by steps if you want to make one yourself.

Make a Graham Cracker House with Honey Maid
 

How to Make a Graham Cracker House

 
Supplies:
Empty milk or orange juice carton
Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Hot Glue Gun
Can of decorator frosting
Candies in assorted colors, shapes and sizes
(We used leftover candy from summer parades and trick-or-treat)

Honey Maid Graham Cracker House Construction

Instructions:
(We recommend a grown-up do the first 3 steps as they are tricky and require a hot glue gun. If younger kids do want to do these steps, we recommend using regular craft glue instead.)

  • Wash out the milk carton well and let it dry.
  • If you want doors or windows that will open on your house, cut them into the carton. (This is optional!)
  • Use a hot glue gun to glue Honey Maid graham crackers over all surfaces of the carton. Let dry.
  • Using the can of decorator icing, squirt a bit of frosting on the back of each candy and place it onto the house.
  • Once you have finished decorating, let the frosting fully dry before moving your house to prevent candy from falling off.

Making a Honey Maid Graham Cracker House

Now that we had made one of our traditional favorites, I also wanted to try a brand new idea. I headed to Walmart to pick up Skippy Peanut Butter, Honey Maid Graham Crackers and a few other supplies to make a delicious Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip recipe.

Honey Maid Graham Crackers at Walmart Skippy Peanut Butter at Walmar

My family is a big fan of all kinds of dips, both savory and sweet. They are a fun way to start a party and are great for a snack. I like this particular dip because it is creamy, delicious and can actually help satisfy your hunger with satisfying peanut butter and cream cheese.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Recipe
 

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

 
Ingredients:
1 cup Skippy Peanut Butter (I used creamy)
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp milk

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Ingredients

 

Directions:
This recipe has the easiest directions ever – just mix it all together! If you like a more smooth dip, add a bit more milk. The more you mix it, the fluffier it will get. You can use a stand mixer to make it even easier and fluffier.

Skippy Peanut Butter

Serve the dip with Honey Maid graham crackers. It’s also good with apple slices and on bagels. You can refrigerate and save any leftovers, but it is so good that there probably won’t be any!

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Recipe with Skippy and Honey Maid

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Comments

  1. Fun idea! Perfect for the holidays! Thank you! 🙂

  2. I want that dip NOW!!! It sounds perfect!!

  3. So that’s how you can make a peanut butter dip, I’ll have to try that! That gingerbread house is massive!

  4. He looks like he had a great time making the house! The dip sounds great. This would be a fabulous snack to have for the holidays.

  5. That is a great combo. Creative house.

  6. Oh My Gosh the houses are so cute! I will be making one of these! SO CUTE!!!

  7. Well, the house turned out super cute! He did a great job! For the peanut butter dip….uhhh, YUM!

  8. I had never thought of using a carton to stabilize the gingerbread houses. I gave up making them last year, but am totally going to give it another go this year! And that dip looks so good!

  9. Talk about playing with your food! These look great!

  10. It looks like they had a blast making those graham cracker houses! Also, that dip sounds amazing!

  11. The house looks great, and so does the dip! Anything with peanut butter in it is a winner.

  12. Yum, graham cracker houses sound perfect for this time of year! Your little one is so creative!

  13. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Peanut butter cream cheese dip sounds amazing. I will have to try making a graham cracker house.

  14. I love making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers. I’m not very good at it, but my husband sure is! 🙂

  15. I suggest gather the kids and have a graham cracker house party. 😉

  16. We attempt to make a gingerbread house every year. And every year they crumble and fail LOL Good fun, great memories though! I’ll have to remember this coming up!

  17. I’ve never made a dip using peanut butter before, but I am so making this! Your house turned out great! And I can’t believe I’ve never made a gingerbread house before either. :/

  18. Super cute idea to make the gingerbread houses with the peanut butter cream cheese dip. I’m sure it tastes delish too!

  19. That dip!! I am a peanut butter junkie so I need to make it!

  20. It’s so fun to make a gingerbread house! I need to do this with my kids!

  21. Catherine S says:

    The graham cracker houses are really cute. I love anything peanut butter so I can’t wait to make the dip.

  22. I’ve never mixed peanut butter and cream cheese together. I think I am missing out!

  23. What a FUN idea! We make houses each year, but never with graham crackers. That dip recipe looks amazing too. I want it right now! lol

  24. Such a great idea using the milk carton to hold it together! We will be doing this!

  25. He dd an awesome job on that house! I love the versatility of these snack ideas as well.

  26. That sounds like a sip my kids would love. I think I will have to add it to my shopping list.

  27. Fun for the kids! My kids used to make ginger bread houses every year

  28. That is really cute. We did a gingerbread house last year it didn’t look the greatest but it was fun.

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