Thursday, December 20, 2012
Hi everyone! Lindsay here to bring you one of my very favorite treats EVER! The Chocolate Chip Cheeseball! With the holidays FAST approaching, it’s always great to have a quick and easy go-to recipe either to take to gatherings or just have on hand for festive holiday snacking! This is that recipe for me! It’s super easy to make and everyone who has ever tried it LOVES it!
So here’s what you need to make this sweet & creamy treat!
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips ~ divided
1/2 cup chopped pecans
To make the cheeseball, first you mix your softened cream cheese and butter with the vanilla. I did not take a picture of this step, as I have not yet mastered the art of holding both my camera AND the mixer. So apparently professional food blogging is not in my future. Oh well! After you’ve got that mixed up and nice and fluffy-looking, mix in the sugars. The recipe says to “gradually” mix in the sugars, but when you have a four-year old helper, there’s no such thing. And really, I don’t think it matters! To finish it up, stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Next, you need to chill the mixture so you can shape it into a ball later. I like to help this step along a little by wrapping the cheeseball in plastic wrap and forming it into a ball shape. I think that makes it WAY easier to make into a lovely-shaped cheeseball later! When chilling time is over, I just unwrap my pre-formed ball and stick it into my nut and chocolate chip coating mixture. But whatever cheeseball-making method you prefer is fine!
By the way, the coating mixture is the 3/4 cup of chopped pecans mixed with 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips – just spoon it over the top and use your hands to lightly press the mixture onto the top and sides of the cheeeball!
And that’s all there is to it! We like to eat this with chocolate Teddy Grahams, but any chocolate graham cracker will do – it would probably be good with regular graham crackers too! (actually, it’s pretty good to just eat straight off a spoon!)
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do! And as a little gift to you, here’s the printable recipe card! Click here to download OR just click the image below!
Happy Holidays, everyone!!! …and make sure you join lego tomorrow for another festive recipe!