Monday, November 2, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Serves: 8-10

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
Graham crackers

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


Nutmeg Nanny said...

This looks great! I have only seen savory cheese balls, never a sweet one...delicious!

~Alison~ said...

Wow! What a great idea! I think I might try this for a dessert option this weekend!

Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

What a great idea!! I like the idea of a sweet cheese ball instead of the usual savoury ones! Thanks for sharing.

virility ex said...

Looks really delicious.

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