Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Ball


Many years ago, my daughter Mary and I went to a "Homes for Christmas" event sponsored by the ladies' ministry at our church, and one recipe we sampled was so delicious that Mary made it to take to a friend's surprise birthday party. It's not exactly the healthiest recipe in the world, but yummy! To cut down on calories, you can try a reduced fat cream cheese like Neuchatel. This recipe came from Charity Bianchi.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Ball


1 package (8 ounces) softened cream cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter (no substitute)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
graham crackers

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll cheese ball in pecans just before serving. Serve with graham crackers (chocolate and/or honey flavored).

Yield: 1 cheese ball

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