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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in confectioners’ sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Shape chilled cream cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap with plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll the cheese ball in finely chopped pecans before serving.

From:  Allrecipes.com

 

Oreo Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 16 ounce package Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 - 24 ounce package white chocolate bark
  • 1 - 24 ounce package chocolate bark

Directions:

  1. Using a blender or hand held mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together.
  2. Roll into walnut sized balls.
  3. Chill for an hour.
  4. Melt approximately ¾ package of white almond bark.
  5. Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark.
  6. Allow to harden on wax paper. (Takes about 15 minutes)
  7. While waiting melt about ¼ package of chocolate almond bark.
  8. When Oreo balls are no longer sticky to the touch, decorate with drizzles of chocolate and white almond bark. (Can use a sandwich bag with a tiny hole cut in one corner to drizzle the almond bark.)

From:  Food.com

 

Cheese Balls

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 – 1 ounce package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mash cream cheese.
  2. Mix dressing mix and Cheddar cheese into the cream cheese.
  3. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts.
  4. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

From:  Allrecipes.com

 

 

Easy Sausage Cheese Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound sausage
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups baking mix

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sausage, cheese, and dry baking mix.  Mix together, and shape mixture into walnut-sized balls. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Serve hot.

From:  Allrecipes.com

 

 

Veggie Cream Cheese Bagel Ball

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup chopped radishes
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • Bagels, bagel chips, or crudités for serving

Directions:

  1. Place ¼ cup carrots, reserve the remaining carrots for coating the cheese ball) and the bell pepper in a clean kitchen towel or sturdy paper towels and gather at the top.  Squeeze the carrots and pepper to remove as much moisture as possible.
  2. Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, mix together the carrots, bell pepper, cream cheese, radishes, 2 tablespoon scallions (reserve the remaining scallions for coating the cheese ball), jalapeno, if using, and salt until combined.  Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 
  3. Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the remaining carrots and scallions to coat.
  4. Serve with bagels, bagel chips, or crudités.

From:  Michelle Buffardi