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Faux Recipes from Family Fun Magazine

by Pennie on April 10, 2014


I should have gotten this out to you for April Fool’s Day. But the joke was on me, because I didn’t make it.  But I say there’s always a good reason to to do something fun with the kids.  Especially when it involves a few deceptively delicious tricks!  FamilyFun Magazine has two “faux” recipes to celebrate fun in good taste.

FamilyFun’s “faux cookie dough dip” has the texture and flavor of homemade cookie dough, but it’s actually a dip in disguise. Also be sure to try the “tease cheese platter” where cookies and candy chews stand in for the traditional savory snack.

dip Faux cookie dough dip


  • Chickpeas
  • Brown sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • Oats
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Chocolate chips
  • Apple slices


In a food processor, blend 1 1/2 cups chickpeas, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter (we used a natural, unsweetened variety), 3 tablespoons oats, 1 tablespoon milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and baking soda. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Serve with apple slices or other fresh fruit. When snack time is over, tell your kids they are now full of beans!

cheeseTease cheese platter


  • Vanilla sandwich cookies
  • Sugar Sprinkles
  • Fruit chews


To make the crackers, pull apart several vanilla sandwich cookies. Leave the filling intact and scatter green sugar sprinkles on half the pieces. Scrape away any filling from the others. For the cheese, soften white and orange fruit chews (we used Tootsie Fruit Rolls) in the microwave for a few seconds, then shape into cubes or roll the candy flat and use a knife to trim it into rectangles. Form the holes with a small cookie cutter or piping tip.

I’m going to try these out with my grandson.  I’m not sure he will understand the “irony” of the dishes, but they will still be fun to make!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dorothy Teel April 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

The Faux cookie dough looks great and it would probably fool my granddaughters, I like these look like, but aren’t foods, they are fun and opens childrens eyes to foods they may of never tried before. THank you for sharing this post.

2 Debbie Welchert April 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

Pretty interesting recipes. I not sure if I could get my grandchildren to eat Faux Cookie Dough one but I know they would love the Tease Cheese Platter. It would be fun watching them.

3 Maralea April 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

What fun recipes! Can’t wait to try the Tease Cheese Platter!

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