Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Anne Nunez


This sweet indulgence has become a New Year's Eve tradition for our family. I've also brought it to parties and meetings and gotten rave reviews. (Adapted from

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15 Min


1 Hr


No-Cook or Other

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Oh wow, this is such a good, sweet appetizer! I just can't think of any better way to put it. You may be tempted to just use your finger for tasting, but we recommend serving with graham crackers.


1 pkg
(8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c
butter, softened (do not use margarine)
3/4 c
confectioners' sugar
2-3 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
miniature chocolate chips
3/4 c
pecans or your favorite nuts, chopped (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

In mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add sugars and vanilla and mix until well-combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Gather cold mixture into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill another hour. Roll ball in pecans just before serving.
Usually, I skip the ball stage and serve this as a spread without the pecans. It's great on chocolate, cinnamon and honey graham crackers, vanilla wafers, shortbread or butter cookies.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Collection: New Year Party
Other Tag: For Kids