Auntie Jo’s Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

dessert party dip

You know those bright orange nut covered softball-sized balls of cheese that make a terrifying appearance around the holidays?  Well this is not one of those.

cheesecake ball with cookiesThis is creamy, sweet, chocolate goodness.  This is a deconstructed cheesecake.  This is your chance to skip the cake and just eat cream cheese frosting with your fingers.

I love dessert parties.  Why don’t we have more dessert parties?  Spiked cocoa, mocha truffles, white Russians, caramel apples, Champagne, carrot cupcakes, mulled wine, macaroons.  And Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball. What better way to spend Halloween than inviting a few friends and getting sugared up, adult style?

Beautifully retro, this Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball is a serious crowd pleaser. Which, I’m sure, is why Jeff’s Auntie Jo picked this, of all her recipes, to share with me. She tucked her cute little recipe card right in with a wedding shower gift. Auntie Jo suggests spreading it onto graham crackers, but I like Nilla wafers myself.  Jeff is a big fan of the Nilla ‘wich, with plenty of creamy goodness smeared inside.

cookie sandwich with cream cheese filling

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

1/2 cup salted butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups mini chocolate chips, divided

1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

Nilla wafers or graham crackers for serving

Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Beat in the sugars, vanilla, and half of the chocolate chips.  Divide the mixture in two.  Using plastic wrap, roll each half into  a ball.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Remove from the fridge and roll one ball in the remaining chocolate chips, and the other in the chopped nuts.  Refrigerate for another hour.  Remove from the fridge a few minutes before serving with the wafers or graham crackers.

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  1. Looks yummy, but I just got told I have to lay off the sugar to lose weight, and no more chocolate either for my tummy. Don’t suppose there’s a low-fat, chocolate free version of this:) How are you? where are you gong to be for Thanksgiving?

    • Low fat? No. Lower fat, sure! Use less butter, and reduced fat cream cheese (not fat free – yuck). Maybe sub in some honey for a bit of the sugar? And you can replace the chocolate with anything you like. Maybe more nuts? Or even dried fruit would be yummy I think.

  2. I couldn’t agree more that we should have more dessert parties. This is one that I would love to try.

  3. Oooo! I’ve never had a SWEET cheese ball before! What fun!

  4. This is very creative! choclate chip with cheese ball. I’ve never had it before but I’d imagine they make a perfect combo together. Great recipe.

  5. OK – so you got my attention, big time! My old standard cheese ball just got kicked to the curb.

  6. Why AREN’T there more dessert parties? It’s a cruel world…Slightly less cruel now I know aout deconstructed cheesecake though!

  7. This is so innovative and crazy! I love it! I bet people would go nuts over it at a party.

  8. This looks really yummy! I think I’d like to try it with graham crackers. 🙂

  9. More dessert parties? Count ME in.
    These look wonderfully delicious and sweet!

  10. You are right, this is very retro, which is why I like it! It sounds delicious !

  11. “This is your chance to skip the cake and just eat cream cheese frosting with your fingers.” Yes please! Looks great 🙂

  12. This cookie looks crispy and delicious. Nice to be here. Came here from facebook. Best wishes.

  13. I love cream cheese in biscuits. These must surely be delicious and I don’t mind one bit that they’re retro.

  14. awesome! I love whipped cream cheese on graham crackers and this, of course, would only improve on that idea!
    Thanks for sharing!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  15. This is such a great idea! I am saving this one. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Deconstructed cheesecake! Yum. This is genius. I bet it would be good with some ricotta cheese too. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ll definitely be using it!

  17. I think this cheese ball is right up my alley…deconstructed cheesecake? Seriously, count me in. Holding onto this recipe for all those holiday parties that will be popping up before I’m ready! Thanks 🙂

  18. Those cheese balls have always terrified me, but this is GENIUS! Having some folks around for my birthday on Friday. I think this just found its way onto the menu!

  19. definitely need to give that chocolate chip cheeseball a try. You have the best ideas!


  20. […] (when was the last time you saw a jello mold?) and my step-dad jumped in with a cheese ball. Now, we’ve discussed my spreadable cheese ball aversion before, when making Auntie Jo’s Choco… But I have to admit that his home-made creation wasn’t half bad.  Just some cream cheese, […]

  21. Yuuum, love this idea. Different than other cheeseballs, for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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