10 September 2011

Here is a little something sweet for your Saturday morning!  I saw this recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything and I knew I had to make it.  We love peanut butter desserts at our house, and this is certainly no exception.

I had made dessert cheeseballs before, but from mixes.  At Hallmark they sell these little packages of dessert cheeseball mix that you combine with cream cheese and butter.  I've have made them twice before for our annual holiday open house.  But I never would have thought to make one from scratch.  This was really easy to make and I probably don't have to tell you how yummy it is!

Peanut Butter Cheeseball

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar 
¾ cup creamy peanut butter 
3 tbsp brown sugar 
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and/or apple slices for dipping

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar in large bowl until blended. 

Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap; bring up all four corners and twist tightly forming into a ball shape.

Freeze for an hour and a half or until firm enough to keep its shape. Place mini chocolate chips in flat dish. Remove plastic wrap from ball and roll ball into chips to completely cover, pressing chips into the ball if necessary.

Place ball on serving dish; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until almost firm. (Can be made ahead. If frozen overnight, thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.) Serve with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or apple slices for dipping or spreading.

Makes lots of servings.

The only thing I changed was the coating.  The original recipe called for half regular chocolate chips and half peanut butter chips.  But I loved it with the mini chocolate chips.

The nice thing about this recipe is that, except for the mini chocolate chips, it uses ingredients I almost always have on hand.  No, wait, maybe that's a bad thing!

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1 comment:

  1. Ooh I saw this the other day on foodgawker and thought it looked interesting! I've never had a dessert cheeseball before, but I might just have to try it - you definitely can't go wrong with pb and chocolate!