Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

This recipe was contributed by Ida Zeiler, a fan of the blog.  We are a fan of her delicious-looking recipes!  Thanks, Ida!  Look for more to come from her in the next few days! I can't wait to try this chocolate chip cheescake ball!  Seems like the perfect thing to take to a holiday party!
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

1 [8oz] package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar [powdered sugar]
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

1 - in a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Mix in powdered sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.  Stir in mini chocolate chips

2- put a good sized piece of saran wrap over a cereal bowl.  Place the batter in the cereal bowl [now seated in the wrap] and cover the batter with the edges of the wrap.

3- chill for at least 2-3 hours.  BEST if chilled overnight

4- lay a new piece of saran wrap on the counter.  Evenly lay out a square of pecans.  Take the batter into your hands and mold it into a ball.  Then roll in the ball in the pecans.  Place it on the center of a serving plate.  Use your hands to press the pecans that did not already stick [look for bare areas and cover them].

** Serve with cinnamon graham crackers around the ball

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