1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter (no substitutes), softened
1/4 t. vanilla
3/4 c. powdered sugar
2 T. brown sugar
3/4 c. mini chocolate chips
3/4 c. pecans, finely chopped
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add the sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerated for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers.
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Tips: I have made this twist on a traditional cheese ball several times and it is fun to see people's reactions when they realize it's sweet. It can be a dessert or a sweet appetizer so keep this in mind for any of your upcoming holiday parties. As long as you plan ahead to leave time for the refrigerating, this cheese ball is a cinch to put together. Of course this is not to be confused with Chocolate Chip Cheese Bars, which are quite different than the Cheese Ball but just as yummy. As always, I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer because I don't want to have to make cream cheese and butter fluffy by hand, do you? I shared this recipe at Life as MOM's Recipe Swap.
Recipe from Taste of Home's 2001 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes