Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

4.41 from 25 votes

This chocolate chip cheese ball is a dessert that everyone will love! Perfect for the holidays and special occasions.

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This chocolate chip cheese ball is the best dessert appetizer!

Who says cheese balls only have to be savory? This chocolate chip cheese ball might just be our favorite sweet treat that really leaves an impression.

You can pick any kind of sweet cracker or cookie to serve with it and believe me it will be a hit!

It’s shaped and rolled just like a classic cheese ball, pumpkin cheese ball, or a pimento cheese ball, but made instead with sweet ingredients that taste like a cheesecake chocolate chip dip.

nilla wafer dipped in cheese ball dip

Ingredients to make a dessert cheese ball

  • cream cheese
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar
  • crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • mini chocolate chips
  • pecan pieces
ingredients needed to make a dessert cheese ball

How to make a chocolate chip cheese ball

Step 1: Add a softened block of cream cheese and the softened butter to a mixing bowl. Beat the cream cheese and butter with vanilla extract until fluffy.

For this recipe, you whip together all of the filling first except for the mini chocolate chips.We love using mini chips in this recipe for a little chocolatey crunch in every bite!

Step 2: Add the powdered sugar and crushed graham cracker crumbs to the cream cheese ball filling.

For this recipe, we are using crushed graham cracker crumbs as part of the sweetener.

I love that this recipe is not overly sweet, as you will be serving it with sweet crackers as well! The graham cracker bits really make this dessert cheese ball taste like cheesecake.

Step 3: Once the cream cheese batter is mixed, add in ½ cup of mini chocolate chips. Stir in the chocolate chips until the cheese ball batter is combined.

Step 4: cover and chill the chocolate chip cheese ball batter for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

chocolate chip dessert cheese ball batter

I leave mine in a bowl covered with plastic wrap in the fridge.

Step 5: Use your hands and a rubber spatula to form the mixture into a ball. If the mixture is sticking a lot, I will often use cooking spray on my hands to help when I am doing this step.

Step 6: Next it is time to roll your cheese ball in the toppings. I used a mixture of mini chocolate chips and finely chopped up pecans.

If you want, you could do all pecans or all mini chocolate chips! Toffee bits would be another fun way to mix things up.

What to serve with a dessert cheese ball

  • nilla wafers
  • graham crackers
  • pretzels
  • cookies

This chocolate chip cheeseball tastes like cheesecake dip! To me it felt like a cross between cookie dough batter and cheesecake flavors. So yummy!

nilla wafer dipped in cheese ball dip

How to store a dessert cheese ball

Store this cheese ball covered in the fridge until you are ready to eat it. Enjoy any leftovers within 3-5 days.

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chocolate chip cheese ball with nilla wafers
chocolate chip cheese ball with nilla wafers

This is an easy and impressive dessert for all of your holiday parties! Everyone will love this yummy chocolate chip cheese ball.

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chocolate chip cheese ball
4.41 from 25 votes

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

By: Joy Shull
This chocolate chip cheese ball is a holiday dessert that everyone will love!
Prep: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

For the Dessert Cheese Ball Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cup powdered sugar
  • cup plus 1 tablespoon crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

For rolling the cheese ball

  • cup finely chopped pecans
  • cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Beat the softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy
  • Add the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs and beat to combine
  • Fold in ½ cup of mini chocolate chips
  • Cover the and chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight
  • Once chilled, use a rubber spatula and your hands to form the batter into a ball shape (it may help to use cooking spray to grease your hands)
  • Add ⅓ cup of mini chocolate chips and ⅓ cup of finely diced pecans to a bowl and roll the cheese ball to coat all sides.
  • Store covered in the fridge until ready to serve
  • Serve the chocolate chip cheese ball with nilla wafers, graham crackers, or other cookies of choice

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 87mg, Potassium: 46mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 520IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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