Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Recipe: Cheese Ball

A few months ago, I discovered a recipe for a Cheese Ball on tumblr.  I had no idea what a cheese ball was, and man was I missing out.  I wrote the recipe down and a little while later I tried it out.   It was simple and amazing.  I then decided to introduce the recipe to my friends. 
Over the weekend I made the recipe again and brought it to the annual Christmas party. 

What you’ll need: 

  • 8 oz Softened Cream Cheese
  • ½  cup of butter
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ¼  tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup Pecans, Chopped 
In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter until it is smooth. 

Add in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, and the vanilla extract. 

Stir in chocolate chips.  (This time around I cut the amount in half, because I felt like there were too many the first time around.) 
I don't have a picture of the chocolate chips stirred in, but this is one of those to tastes steps.

Cover and chill for two hours. 

Shape into a ball, re-cover, and let chill for another hour.

Roll into pecans, or chocolate chips, before serving, and enjoy.  
I split the ball in half and did both peacans and chocolate chips because I have friends who are allergic to nuts. 
I spread it onto ginger snap cookies.  It’s so delicious. It tastes just like a cheesecake.

**If you really want to be adventurous, add in 1 ½ cups of Red Velvet cake mix to make a Red Velvet version.


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