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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings (2 tablespoons each)

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Place mixture on a large sheet of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate, wrapped, at least 1 hour.
  • To serve, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers.
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).
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 202 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • bullcitybob
    May 3, 2020

    This was a hit at our 4 adults getting together on our deck. The recipe is easy and takes little time. Plus I already had all of the ingredients at home. I was afraid it would be overly sweet, but it is just right.

  • ckluv
    Dec 31, 2017

    Amazing! Big hit every function I bring to. Served with pretzels and Graham crackers

  • bernerlover
    Dec 28, 2017

    these are really good. I served with chocolate grahams and cinnamon graham sticks- loved both with it. I do think it tasted kind of like choc chip cookie dough. The people at work really loved it, and so did my husband.

  • BeckyJCarver
    Nov 13, 2017

    I make this all the time for parties & potlucks & it always gets rave reviews & never lasts long. I serve it with graham cracker sticks.

  • kathleen ng
    Sep 20, 2017

    I had a girls' game night and served a few appetizers. Since this had a sweet theme, I served it towards the end. Lived by all. A keeper. Thanks!

  • Rita
    Sep 4, 2017

    Am I missing something? It got really good reviews but I didn't get a cookie dough taste here! The kids ate it but most adults were a one taste and moved on kind of thing.

  • rena 55
    Aug 3, 2017

    A sweet treat for dessert or anytime! You can take a little or a lot and you can change the flavor by adding different candies and serve it with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, butter cookies. The combination is endless!Always a hit!

  • Rosemary
    Jul 25, 2017

    This was a great surprise everyone thought it wasn't sweet,EVERYONE loved it Thanks for sharing

  • suehickox
    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
    Jan 17, 2016

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