Mint Chip Cheese Balls Recipe

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A friend brought these cheese balls as a hostess gift to our Christmas open house. They instantly caught the fancy of my family. It's like having an appetizer for dessert.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips, finely chopped
  • 36 starlight mints, crushed
  • Red and green sprinkles, optional
  • Chocolate wafers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 120 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; add the pecans, chocolate chips and crushed mints. Divide into four portions. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each portion into a ball; roll in red and green sprinkles if desired. Serve with chocolate wafers. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 cheese balls (1-1/4 cups each).
Originally published as Mint Chip Cheese Balls in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2000, p42

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