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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

This is a fun little appetizer I got from a Taste of Home magazine. I first made it a couple of years ago on Christmas Eve. It tastes almost like chocolate chip cheesecake or cookie dough on a graham cracker. Supper yummy. If you're not a fan of nuts you can leave them out. No baking requred on this so if cooking scares you, start with something simple like this. I like to serve it with regular and chocolate graham cracker sticks. It was also featured on a morning show here called Studio 5.

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
1/2 cup butter (no substitutes) softened
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Graham crackers or graham craker sticks

Directions: In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugars and vanilla; 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; shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (about 2 cups)

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