Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark


Looking for a fast,easy, and delicious way to celebrate the Fourth of July? How about some Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark? Way easier than rolling truffles, this peanut butter cookie dough bark will be a hit at your party!

Stack of Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark on a white plate with patriotic straws around it and recipe title on top of image

I’m back! We got home on Saturday from our week at Disneyland. If you follow me on Instagram, you’re probably tired of all my Disneyland talk – I think I had way too much fun sharing. I have decided that 8 years old is the perfect Disneyland age for a kid. We didn’t have to worry about a stroller, and her 8-year-old energy kept her going throughout the day.

I got so much post material throughout the week, which I’ll be doling out in small doses over the next few weeks. But, in case you’re planning a trip to Disneyland this summer, I thought I’d touch on a few points I learned:

1. Go early. This seems obvious, but really: the park didn’t fill up until after 11am. The first day we had gone on ALL the big rides before the lines got really long. It’s not a vacation for sleep – go early for the best lines and the coolest weather.

2. Bring lots of snacks. I packed way too many, but we saved a ton of money. Especially on water. Bring your own. Who wants to pay $3.50 per bottle per person? As if $280 per person to get in wasn’t enough.

3. Your kid will drink an astonishing amount of lemonade during the day. You’ll realize that they’re “super strong never go” bladder really is that way because when you’re home? They never drink. Expect 345 bathroom stops per day.

4. If you’re in line for Indiana Jones and you’re almost to the front, and your kid has to go, tell a cast member. They’ll let you go backstage to use the cast potty, then let you get right on the ride. {Child’s plan to get out of riding Indiana Jones: foiled!}

5. 8-year-olds still sob when rides scare them. {See #4}. #worstmomaward

6. Use an App. I used the Lines App for Disneyland. It includes menus for all the restaurants, which is great when your kid is starving for lunch not snacks and you’re in the middle of New Orleans Square with nary a chicken nugget in site. (This was the most used part of my app – Jordan is extremely picky!)

7. Don’t cut in line. OMG what a story. It deserves it’s own post.

8. Go to California Adventure before it opens and get in the line immediately for a Radiator Racers fastpass. Let your family go do something else while you wait. Your Fastpass return will be early in the day and you’ll only wait 15 (or less) minutes to ride.

9. Get enough days in the park so you’re not rushed. It’s summer: it’s hot and crowded. We did 5 days, went early and left by 4pm each day. We did one evening activity because we knew that staying up until 11pm would not work more than once. We did every ride by day 3, and everything else was just gravy.

10. Lie to your daughter and tell her Rapunzel doesn’t do character signings. Otherwise you’ll wait in a non-line for an hour outside her house, then jockey for position to get in the real line at 10:40 when they open the ropes, then wait until 11:15 for them to actually open for a 1 minute per person viewing. #sonotworthit

11. Go see the fireworks. It truly is magical. Worth staying up until 11pm and waiting on a bench for 2 hours beforehand.

Speaking of fireworks, it’s almost the Fourth of July. I bet Disneyland does an amazing Independence Day firework show. I wish I could see it…from afar. I would not want to be in the park that day. #crazy

Instead, I’d rather be at home. Eating things like Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark!

Overhead shot of Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark on a white plate with red and blue striped straws on table

I realized the other day that the 4th of July is NEXT WEEK. Where did June go?

This blog has been sorely lacking on all things Red, White, and Blue, so I needed to get on it. STAT.

Enter: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark.

Stack of Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark on a white plate with patriotic straws around it

I’ve made sugar cookie bark before using eggless sugar cookie dough. This is the same concept…only better because it’s peanut butter cookie dough.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (eggless, no need to kill your guests) is sandwiched between layers of melted white chocolate candy and topped with patriotic colors.

Really, is there anything else I need to say to describe it?





Stack of Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark on a white plate with patriotic straws around it

Magical. Like Disneyland…in the Winter Summer.

Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark

Eggless peanut butter cookie dough made into bark!
Serving Size


  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4  cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 14 ounces white candy melts like Candiquik
  • Red and Blue jimmies or other sprinkles


  • Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugar until smooth using a stand or a hand mixer. Beat in vanilla, salt, flour, and milk.
  • Melt the candy melts according to package directions. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and spread half of the melted candy into about an 11”x8” rectangle using an offset spatula. Chill for a few minutes, so that the candy has started to harden but is still semi-soft (less than 5 minutes). You want the candy hard enough that it won’t absorb the cookie dough mixture, but still soft enough that it will adhere to the cookie dough.
  • Remove candy from refrigerator and spread the cookie dough evenly inside the rectangle, leaving small edges so that top candy layer will adhere to the bottom.
  • Spread the remaning candy on top of the cookie dough using an offset spatula, making sure that it meets the bottom layer to seal the edges. Immediately sprinkle with jimmies or other candies/sprinkles. Chill until the hardened, about 20 minutes. Break into pieces and serve.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Click here to see more PEANUT BUTTER recipes!

For other fun Fourth of July ideas check out these!

Peanut Butter Flag Dip

Patriotic Nutella Cookie Dough Pretzels

Sweets from friends:
White Chocolate Pretzel Candy Bark by The Little Kitchen
Circus Animal Cookie Bark by Sweet Bella Roos
Cookies ‘n Cream Peanut Butter Bark by Sally’s Baking Addiction

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  1. My parents did Disneyland almost the exact same way where we were little! We’d eat lemon poppy seed muffins in the hotel room (a real treat, that’s why it’s ingrained in my memory!), be at the park by 7:30 am, and leave around 3 or 4 pm to swim in the hotel pool. And have nap time for my dad. Hearing your stories brought back such fond memories!

      1. Too funny! 🙂 Yes, my mom knew better than to have my brother and me take naps… Then we’d stay up late and never go back to bed!

  2. You are brilliant! I love this idea. It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. I hope to bring my kids to Disney some day!

  3. Those are great tips! I love the lines app… what a good idea. Does it really cost $280 to go to Disney Land? I’ve never been. Your bark looks great!

    1. For a 5-day pass…yes $280 per person. It was worth it though! (Although a 1-day park hopper is $131…even higher!) Thanks Emily!

  4. Great looking treat! Fabulous tips, as well. We are planning a trip to Cali to see family and go to Disneyland… I can never pass that up when we go back home 🙂

  5. Glad you’re back, Dorothy! Thanks for the Disney tips…so you’re saying I should take my 7, 5, and 2 year old this summer? Yeah, I figured. The only problem is by the time the 2 year old is old enough, the 7 year old will be in high school! Darn 3 kids 🙂 I am in love with this bark – so festive and DELICIOUS!!

  6. Peanut butter should be present for all holidays! I really like the way you ‘sandwiched’ the bark 🙂

  7. This bark looks delicious – love the peanut butter! I’m glad you had a great trip! Can’t wait to hear about the crazy cut in line story – I’m sure you’d get straight up attacked!