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Chase and I have been tailgating for UGA games since before we were married. During Grad school, I had a teeny-tiny 550 sq. foot apartment right off campus that was so small Chase said I only had room to change my mind in there. Despite the single bedroom and kitchen model, it allowed us to walk to close by the stadium (a premium feature in Athens, GA!) and even take a post-morning-pub-crawl nap before the evening kickoff. We would tote a tent, folding chairs and scads of food to our carefully chosen tailgate spot and camp out for hours before the game, celebrating, imbibing, and meeting friends.
Our tailgate tradition continues (albeit a little less frequently ON campus) with the kids, our most recent tailgate this past fall putting us in charge of some sweetness (food, not those little baby cheeks!). I like bringing some unusual things to tailgates to keep it interesting, like cowboy caviar, coffee cake breakfasts, and decadent dessert dips. My latest inspiration is this Creamy Cookie Dough dip that isn’t actually made from cookies and it completely safe to eat (unlike many refrigerated doughs with raw eggs). Dip into it with large marshmallows (my favorite!!!), brownie brittle, animal crackers, or good ol’ grahams. It’s easy to take with you in the Rubbermaid® Party Platter, which is a lightweight food container designed exactly for social events like tailgating. The two-in-one platter with divided base keeps my dippers separated while the cookie dough dip can be refrigerated and then nested snugly (with or without lid) into the base. When we get home from Athens, I can throw the entire thing into the dishwasher!
Creamy Cookie Dough Dip
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup mini semt sweet chocolate chips
- 1 dash salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- various Dippers Grahams, Animal Crackers, Brownies, Marshmallows
- Using a stand mixer (A hand mixer is okay, too), combine butter and cream cheese, beating on medium, about 2 minutes.
- Bring speed to low while adding in brown sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Mix thoroughly.
- Using a spatula, fold in mini chocolate chips.
- Serve immediately with dippers or other snack food. If preparing in advance, keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Dip will need to be returned to room temperature before serving.
Tasty, huh? It satisfies my cravings for everything sugary and bad. And kids love it, too! The only possible issue with this dish is the surprisingly fast stale of marshmallows. A good food storage seal is important here, and Rubbermaid delivers just that to keep my dippers fresh. The easy find lids have revolutionized my plastic storage drawer; take a look at this before and after (I recycled everything without a partnering lid)!
The lids all stack AND SNAP together to make fishing for a lid something I’ll never have to grapple with again. The lids even snap to the bottom of the container so I don’t lose them in the grass at a tailgate! No more fiddling with nesting pieces that don’t belong together or playing topiary tower with bins.
What are your favorite tailgating dishes? Do you prefer something traditional like burgers and chips or mixing it up like I do with cookie dough dip?