Temperture busted over 50º this afternoon. Joan wanting to enjoy the fresh air took this recipe to the girls at Smiley’s Florist. During the winter Joan surprised the staff with this treat.
Plan ahead: needs to chill
Your guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball ... it tastes just like cookie dough! Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers.
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
Graham crackers or vanilla wafers
In a mixing bowl, beat the cram cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape ito a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
Yield: 1 cheese ball (about 2 cups)