Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball Recipe
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball Recipe

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Your guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball…it tastes just like cookie dough! Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers. I especially like it because it can be assembled in a wink. —Kelly Glascock, Syracuse, Missouri
Featured In: Cookie Dough Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Graham crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 202 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth; beat in sugars just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape, about 2 hours.
  2. Place mixture on a large sheet of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate, wrapped, at least 1 hour.
  3. To serve, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers. Yield: 16 servings (2 tablespoons each).
Health Tip: Yes! This indulgent spread can be made with reduced-fat cream cheese, but it will be too soft to shape into a ball. Instead, serve in a shallow dish and sprinkle with the chips and pecans—still completely delicious (but with fewer calories and less fat).
Originally published as Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball in Quick Cooking December 2000, p29

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suehickox User ID: 1318337 246489
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"One of my favorite go-to recipes! Always get lots of request for this tasty treat. Have made with reduced fat and fat free cream cheese with good results. Just shape in a cute serving dish & pat the nuts on top. Sometimes also like to toss in some toffee bits. I like to serve with graham pretzels (regular & chocolate) that I get from a local bulk food store. I can eat this by the spoonful!"

waprater User ID: 3285028 241920
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

""Very good recipe! Nice to have a dessert cheese ball recipe. ""

bhill91 User ID: 6999701 240429
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Made it really fast on Christmas day for family. I substituted graham crumbs for nuts(allergies). Will become a favorite go to recipe!"

Michelle Is Cooking User ID: 7065052 240075
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Delicious and so easy! Everyone at the party asked for the recipe."

JessicaLott User ID: 6189151 239536
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"This was a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving. Gone before I even got all of the food on the table."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 239045
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"This was a fun and yummy dessert. My family had a present wrapping party in preparation of Christmas and we served appetizers of all sorts. After the salmon dip, deviled eggs, and pig n a blanket were put away I pulled out this fun cheese ball. My son yelled "cookie dough!" Everyone really enjoyed it and I liked how easy it was to make. The only change I made was to omit the nuts. I just rolled the ball in chocolate chips."

chirey User ID: 1371783 238570
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"Delicious! I have made it several times now. I usually spread it in a crock and use a spreader instead of rolling it into a ball. I usually don't put the nuts on since we don't like nuts in our chocolate chip cookies but they could easily be sprinkled over the top or even just on one half. My kids love it with the Keebler scooby doo Grahams shaped like bones but I prefer it on chocolate grahams. Something easy to make and take somewhere and is something almost everybody loves! Have never had a problem with it firming up ( making it just as recipe states)"

JanGrazziano User ID: 8419146 237077
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"Great! I cheated and added a few more choc chips . . ."

SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 235900
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Just like our favorite forbidden treat, cookie dough! easy to make, my gang loves it! I had to make a second batch!!"

Mshuman7 User ID: 8562193 234200
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"GOSH DARN IT DEBBY! MY PECANS WERE NOT FINELY CHOPPED! (PS. Read this like in an angry British man voice)"

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