Monday, October 18, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

This is one of my mom's staple recipes that always goes over well with a crowd. And it was another one of the recipes mom and I made for the party. I don't have all the details, but I think she got it from a Pilsbury baking book.

Now, you're probably thinking, "Chocolate chips and cheese? I don't know how I feel about that." But I assure you that (a) it's not what you think and (2) you will regret not making it for your next function.

Forget what you think you know about cheese balls; this one's for after dinner, not before. If you don't like chocolate chips or cream cheese, forget about that, too. You'll like this.

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2c butter, softened
  • 1/4t vanilla
  • 3/4c powdered sugar
  • 2T brown sugar
  • 3/4c mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4c pecans, chopped
  • chocolate graham crackers (for spreading)
  1. Cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy.
  2. Gradually add sugars and beat until just combined.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Shape into ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for another hour.
  6. Unwrap cheese and roll it in the chopped pecans. Try to get as many nuts to stick to it as you can. (That's what she said?)
  7. Serve with the grahams.
Oh. My. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodness. This stuff is Tony the Tiger grrrrrrrreat. Tons of people at the party were asking about what was in it and were looking for the recipe from the mama.

Now the original recipe just says to spread this mess on a regular graham cracker, but if you can find chocolate graham crackers, they really take this entire concoction to a new level.

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