This Cookie Dough Cheese Ball is an addicting dessert that’ll leave you dreaming about your next bite! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
First thing first you guys. This not a healthy dessert. This cheese ball is unashamedly decadent and made of all the flavors you crave. So set aside your calorie guilt and know that this is a cheat day snack. Okay. Moving on. The cheese ball is known as “the crack ball” among those who’ve had it. Our friend Treena has been making this cheese ball as long as I’ve known her. She serves it up on the weekends when everyone goes to her house to watch football. Which is good, because you’ll want some friends to help you eat it…because you’ll want to eat the whole thing by yourself. It’s really easy to do because once you try a bite, you just can’t stop eating it!
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Seriously, I double dog dare you to only have one bite. It won’t happen, but you can try. This cheese ball is basically everything delicious in the baking world – butter, cream cheese, chocolate chip cookie dough, and chopped pecans. Heaven, right?! We eat this bad boy with nilla wafers and OMG is it magical. You can use mini wafers, but I don’t think they’re big enough to get the bite you really want from this cheese ball. Trust me on this one. I’ve had years of experience.
One of the things I really love about this cheese ball is that you can make it ahead of time. It’s one less thing to prep for your party or get together. Just pop it out of the fridge when you’re ready to serve. Place the cheese ball next to a bowl of nilla wafers, stab it with a cheese spreader, and you’re in business! Everyone will worship you for making this cookie dough cheese ball.
To really get your football party going, I’m joining more than 60 bloggers (really!) to share some of our favorite recipes for the biggest football game of the year. No, I won’t say the name of the game because the NFL and S.B. are hardcore about no one using their logo/name and I’m not getting slapped on the wrist. BUT, if I were watching the most important pro football game of the year, I’d want to eat just about everything on this list! I’m a serious graver during games. Dips, finger foods, and appetizers are my soul food.
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- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 16.5 ounces pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the butter, cream cheese, and cookie dough until combined and smooth.
- Transfer the cookie dough mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap. wrap up the cookie dough ball so that if forms a circle.
- Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until the cheese ball has firmed up.
- Remove the cheese ball from the fridge and take off the plastic wrap.
- Use your hands to form the cookie dough into a ball again.
- Roll the cheese ball in nuts and place on a serving plate.
- Serve immediately.
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