Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies & Summer Party Tips

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At my house, Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer. Yeah, I know June 21st is the official first day of summer, but who’s looking at the calendar? Not me!

On Memorial Day weekend, we fire up the grill and invite a huge crowd over to celebrate and honor our fallen soldiers. Our party is casual and flip flops are the expected footwear. The decor screams red, white and blue and the food is always a play on the American classics.

Memorial Day Party Ideas featuring Easy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies recipe and everything you need to throw your own Memorial Day or 4th of July Party!

Red, White, and Blue Decor

When it comes to partying outside, I like a no-frills easy party decor. Since I have a gazillion glass vases hiding in the cabinets beneath my kitchen sink, I decided to stock up on gumballs in red, white and blue.

Patriotic Centerpiece - Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Add a few flags and Americana pinwheels and the centerpiece is done.

Guessing Game: Count the gumballs as you put together your centerpiece. Have your guests guess the number of gumballs. The one who guesses the closest gets to take home both centerpieces!

Patriotic Centerpiece - Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Remember that red tablecloth you used at Christmas? It’s time to bring it back out. It’s perfect for a patriotic party.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies and Patriotic Table

Memorial Day Menu

Burgers and Fries Station

Grilled burgers and french fries are a family favorite. My party calls for a make your own burger and fries station.

The fries are so much easier to serve when I place them in individual cups with a dollop of Hunt’s® Ketchup.

Burgers and Fries Station - Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars

The kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Who am I kidding? I love them too! To take them up a notch for a patriotic celebration, I use star shaped cookie cutters.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Star Sandwiches and Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

You’ll need:

  • Peter Pan® Peanut Butter
  • Strawberry Jam or Jelly
  • Star Cookie Cutters

Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cut them out with star shaped cookie cutters. The kids at your party will be so thankful that you’re thinking about them.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve been making 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies for years. This is always my go-to recipe because these cookies turn out perfectly every single time. The addition of chocolate chips amps up the flavor and elevates the taste of my favorite peanut butter cookie.

Who can resist peanut butter and chocolate? I imagine you have everything you need to make these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies in your pantry. You don’t even have to wait until a special occasion.

My favorite brand of peanut butter is Peter Pan® Peanut Butter. Maybe it’s because mom always had Peter Pan® on hand so I grew up loving this peanut butter and I now buy it for my family because it’s made with wholesome, simple ingredients, and packed with protein. Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I eat it straight from the spoon or add it to my favorite oatmeal.

To make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies, you’ll need one cup each of peanut butter and sugar, one egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together with a spoon. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Scoop tablespoons full of the cookie dough and shape into balls.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Flatten slightly and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350º F.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

These no-fail Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies come out perfect every single time!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Peter Pan® Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  3. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough and shape them into balls.
  5. Flatten slightly when you place the cookie dough balls onto a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until done.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
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Star Spangled Fruit Kabobs

Star Spangled Fruit Flag - Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

No summer party is complete without Star Spangled Fruit Kabobs. Here’s what you’ll need to make this simple dessert.

  • Blueberries
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Marshmallows
  • Wooden Skewers

For the first four skewers, you’ll need to add seven blueberries followed by one strawberry slice and a marshmallow. Repeat the strawberries and marshmallows two more times.

For the remainder of the skewers, alternate seven strawberry slices and six marshmallows, beginning and ending with strawberries. You now have a flag inspired fruit tray.

Overhead table view! Memorial Day Party featuring Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Red, White, and Blue Drinks for Everyone

Red White and Blue Drinks plus Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

You’ll need:

  • Cranberry Juice
  • Clear Soda
  • Blue Low-Sugar Sports Drink

Fill cups with ice. Add the cranberry juice to the bottom. Add the clear soda next. Be sure to slowly pour the soda over the ice. Then add the sports drink. Again, be sure and pour slowly over the ice.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are the main event for my Memorial Day Patriotic Party

Let’s Play Some Games

Remember all the childhood games you played as a kid? It’s time to act like a kid again by participating in games of Red Rover, Kick the Can and Freeze Tag. What about a game of volleyball? The kids will love having the adults join in and you’ll take a sweet trip down memory lane.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I do hope I’ve inspired you to throw caution to the wind and plan your own Memorial Day party. The food is delicious and the patriotic tablescape is fun and easy to create. And the 4-ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are amazing!

Walmart has everything you need to recreate my summer kickoff party. Before you head to Walmart, be sure and check out this Ibotta offer to save on your summer cookout.

  • Hebrew National®: Earn $1 with purchase of TWO Hebrew National Franks 11oz or larger
  • Hunt’s Ketchup: Earn $0.50 with purchase of ONE

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

When will you be hosting your first summer party? Find even more summer cookout inspiration for your summertime fun!

 

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe – Let’s Have a Party!

Comments

  1. Seriously I love your decorations so much! Everything is themed together so perfectly!
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  2. Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff of camping season for us. We pack great food and meet up with friends and spend the whole weekend together.
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  3. I am drooling all over myself now. All this food looks so scrumptious. I love your decor too. I am so making those fruit kabobs!
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  4. Everything looks so bright and beautiful. I love the food and those cookies are seriously making me wanting to try them. And of course, I have everything on hand (but not the same brand of peanut butter). I too sometimes eat the peanut butter straight out of a spoon, like very often!! The gumballs in the vases are so creative. Really love your party ideas!!

  5. Wow this is so colorful. I love the idea and the sandwich, so cool! I will save this idea so I can do this too.
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  6. You have outdone yourself! The cookies look amazing. Peanut butter cookies are a favorite of mine because peanut butter is practically a perfect food.
    The burgers look incredible. I’m a fan of mini burgers or smaller ones and they look like they might be?
    The sandwiches are pure genius!
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  7. I just had a good old fashioned pbj for lunch today with my favorite Peter Pan creamy peanut butter! I mixed in some apple jelly just like they did in the lunchroom at school. So good. We’re looking forward to the Memorial Day festivities this year too. Your celebration looks so fun. I love the gumballs in the jars and the game to go with them.
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  8. What some fantastic ideas you have come up with, I love the count the gum ball idea you could use that on so many occasions.
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  9. I love chocolate chips in my peanut butter cookies. They are a family favorite for sure.
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  10. I love the peanut butter and jelly stars, I think my son would love that! You are so creative with all these things!
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  11. I would have to stop myself from eating the cookie dough, it sounds/looks so good! I love all the bright colours as well, so festive

  12. I just had some delicious peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. The problem is, I ran out of them and I didn’t have a recipe to make more. I do now! Thanks!

  13. My husband would adore the burger and fries station! I’m more of a sweet-tooth type of gal so any of the desserts you mentioned would totally be my calling.
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  14. Wow, these ideas are great! I love how bright and colorful the tablescape is – and those cut-out PB & J sandwiches are so fun for kids. Thanks for sharing! #clint

  15. This is such a cute and smart idea. The kids love chocolate chips. They’ll surely love this idea.

  16. I love all of the ideas here. I really love the sandwiches with the stars cut out of them. I did something similar for cookies at a tea party for my daughter once. Only they were heart shaped. Very cool.
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  17. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are all great party ideas. I love making peanut butter cookies and using Peter Pan Peanut Butter does seem to make them taste better. Thanks for sharing the ideas and the recipe.

  18. Love You Wedding says:

    I love your tablescape! It is so festive and the food you prepared is tops! The mini burgers are so mouth watering. Thank you too for sharing the recipe for the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I can make these anytime I wish!

    • Thanks! The cookies are almost embarrassingly easy to make. 🙂 I love this recipe because it doesn’t use flour and they always come out perfect – every single time!

  19. These are decorated so nicely. All of these are unique, innovative ideas. Superb!!

  20. Memorial Day is always great to kick off summer! This tables cape is so perfect!
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  21. Love Memorial day, summer, parties, and cookies (if they’re gluten free)! I’ll have to try some of these ideas, thanks for sharing!
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  22. Wow! What a fun Memorial Day spread! I would love to create this for my family!
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  23. This is a interesting topic.

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