Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

Heaven on a plate.

My tummy’s delight.

Best stuff I’ve eaten all decade.

That pretty much sums up this chocolate chip cheeseball.

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

The idea of a sweet, desserty cheeseball has been on my mind lately and after perusing the internet and basically finding one main recipe out there for a chocolate chip cheeseball, I came up with my own version, since, sorry, even though it is dessert, I couldn’t stomach the thought of adding an entire stick of butter to the mix, also.

The end result is such a creamy, decadent, and utterly refreshing concoction that I am already scheduling in the ways I can make this at least daily for the next year.

For more appetizer ideas, go here. Happy New Year!

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

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Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

Yield: Makes one large cheeseball

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, light or regular, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup crushed chocolate cookies, like chocolate teddy grahams or oreos, for rolling
  • Graham crackers, pretzels, apples (or whatever you like!) for dipping


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar and brown sugar until well mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to give the mixture time to firm up a little bit.
  2. Place the crushed cookies on a dinner plate or shallow pie plate. Using lightly greased hands, mold the cream cheese mixture into a ball. Even after chilling it will be slightly soft so don’t worry if this part gets a little messy. Drop the ball into the crushed cookies and roll around and/or scoop up the crushed cookies and lightly press them into the cheeseball.
  3. Place the cheeseball on a serving platter and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with graham crackers, pretzels, apples, chocolate cookies or whatever your little heart desires!

Recipe Source: from My Kitchen Cafe

54 Responses to Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

  1. Pamela says:

    Made this a couple of weeks ago. We had it with honey graham crackers, the flavor was good but it was so extremely sweet a little goes a long ways. The kids liked it but even they didn’t want more than a spoonful with their snack. It eventually got ate but don’t think we will be making it again.

  2. Kathy H says:

    I made the recipe you talked about with the stick of butter this past Christmas, it also calls for more powdered sugar, less cream cheese & less brown sugar. Your version sounds much better. The one I made went over well with the young ones but was way too sweet for me. The one thing I did that I liked was to roll the ball in toffee bits. That part was yummy! So I am going to use your recipe with the toffee bits next year. Thanks for a good alternative!

  3. Tiffiny says:

    Hi Mel! I took this cheeseball to church yesterday for our refreshment hour. And I very happily stood next to the table and listened to everyone say, “oh my gosh what is this?! It’s so good!” Yay! Everyone LOVED it. I watched many people come back for thirds and fourths. Thank you for this awesome recipe. It’s so easy and such a crowd pleaser. You can’t go wrong with that.

    My family and I are pretty addicted to a ham and green onion cheeseball that my aunt brings to every family gathering. But I can see this becoming a new family favorite, as well.

  4. Marcia says:

    I made this last year and it was a hit with all the girls. I added 2 T. of Ameretto last year. This year I used 2 T. of Kahlua. The consensus amoungst the grown-ups is that pretzels are the best with this as it tones down the sweetness a bit. I messed up this year and forgot to add the chocolate chips into the mixture, so I just combined the chips and nuts together and rolled the cheese ball in both. That turned out great as well. Thanks for a great get away from all the savory cheese balls during the holiday season!

  5. Julie says:

    I have been searching for a chocolate cheese ball recipe that I lost from several years ago. I couldn’t find a recipe online without the butter until I found this one. The lost cheese ball recipe was chocolate, not with chocolate chips and I can’t remember if I melted chocolate or added cocoa powder. It was coated just before serving with the nuts. It had creme de menthe in it and the ball was served with Famous Chocolate Wafers. I am going to use your recipe as a base and try an recreate this Minty Chocolate Cheese Ball. Thanks!!

  6. Lisa says:

    Delish. Made this for a group of 12 and everyone loved it. It goes a long way. We especially enjoyed the apple/cheeseball combination.

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  9. Rachel says:

    Did I do this wrong? It just tasted like sweetened cream cheese, nothing special. I googled it and it has rave reviews everywhere…wondering if the problem is user error.

    • Mel says:

      Rachel – I’m not sure if you did something wrong or not but I’m sorry you didn’t like it! It definitely has a strong cream cheese flavor so it may just boil down to a taste preference.

  10. Cari J says:

    One bite and I am hooked!!! I didn’t take the time to really soften the cream cheese, I just threw it in my Kitchen Aid, so it was still fairly cold and I skipped the step of chilling it before shaping it and it worked just fine. Thanks for the recipe definitely a keeper!

  11. Norah B says:

    That ball looks so good. I need to get back to cooking and making all your wonderful dishes.

  12. Angie Walker says:

    We had a family game night shortly before the New Year holiday, and I presented this cheese ball at the party. I just wanted to let you know that it was HUGE hit. Everyone loved it. This will definitely be put on my holiday recipe list permanently. Also, I rolled mine in snickerdoodle cookie crumbs. Very yummy!!

    • Mel says:

      Angie – loved the idea of you “presenting” this because really, it deserves a presentation. Glad it was so well received! And the snickerdoodle cookie crumbs are just brilliant!

  13. One of my friends must have been psychic because I didn’t have a chance to make this for new years eve but it showed up at the party we were at and I seriously ate half of it!!! It was delicious!!! Definitely a great little dessert

  14. Alisa says:

    I love that you tweaked this recipe! I cannot wait to try it soon.

  15. Anissa says:

    Major hit at the New Years party today. WOW. We had a HUGE spread of food and this was the one thing that only had a small bit left on the plate. So yummy. Thanks!

  16. Christiana says:

    I took this to our New Years Eve party and it was a hit! Stole the show. My husband thought it tasted like the filling of a pumkin roll (his favorite dessert). I liked it best with graham crackers, but the honey wheat pretzels went the fastest. Another winner-I’m not surprised. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

  17. CaSaundra says:

    I’ve been dying to try one of those–thanks for the reminder! Happy New Year!

  18. grace says:

    my cousin made something eerily similar to this for christmas, and i obviously chose to sit very close to it during the unwrapping of gifts. needless to say, there wasn’t much left by the end of the evening. πŸ™‚

  19. Anne says:

    Wow. That’s just about all I can say. Wow. Also, I love the sweet cheeseball I got from the Sisters’ Cafe – sweetened shredded coconut, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and maraschino cherries. Add some chocolate chips and a chocolate/crushed pecan coating and it would be the best of both!

  20. Jill says:

    My mom just brought a cheeseball similar to this to our Christmas Eve gathering. It is so good!! A woman at her office had given them out as Christmas gifts and she served it with graham crackers. I didn’t have any in the house when my mom brought it over for me to try, so I used pretzels and it was soooo good. The combination of the sweet and salty was perfect! The recipe that we tried also had chopped up nuts in it–pecans, maybe? Not sure exactly but it was delish!

  21. I had a chocolate chip cheeseball on my list of things to make for New Years Eve…but I too was worried about that stick of butter! I think I’ll try yours instead…sounds fab. Thanks for being so awesome Mel! Happy New Year!

  22. Wowzer! I am speechless! Seriously…I might have to swing by! LOL Brilliant idea!

  23. Veronica says:

    This is crazy! I just saved a recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough dip, and now I’ve got a recipe for a cheeseball. I wonder what other creative things can be made with this idea? You go girl, this sounds so good.

  24. This sounds fabulous!

    Love your new header!

  25. corrie says:

    yum! we don’t really have cheeseballs here in australia but this would be great conversation starter – great for kids parties too! yum!


  26. I just made one of these tonight! Well, the other version you mentioned – with the full stick of butter πŸ˜‰ Delicious! I made it to take to work, but if I was going to eat more of it, I’d make your version to keep it a little healthier.

  27. We are hosting a New Year’s Eve party for our daughters and their friends this year and looking for fun appetizer ideas. Looks like I found a dish I know they will love!

  28. A dip like this is always served at work parties, and I’ve never got the recipe! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  29. Christine says:

    yum! Sounds perfect! I know what I’m bringing to our new years eve party!

  30. Abby says:

    I LOVE this cheeseball!! It is so wonderful that just eating it with graham crackers is good for me!

  31. nicole says:

    i have never even heard of something like this. how fun. I will have to give it a try. thanks

  32. Kristen says:

    Now I know what I’m taking to the New Years Eve party we’re going to! I’m already bringing a spinach and artichoke dip but wanted to come up with an extra thing and this is just perfect.

  33. Peggy says:

    Genius idea! Can’t wait to try this out for our New Year’s party!

  34. HollyL says:

    Oh..MY!! This looks unbelievably good!! : )

  35. Aly says:

    Oo! I can’t wait to try this. That’s really creative!

  36. Hilary says:

    We love the choc chip cheese ball! I like to roll ours in finely ground pecans instead of cookies. Might have to make this for New Year’s Eve!

  37. Brittany C. says:

    oops, was signed in as my husband, he probably wouldn’t appreciate sounding like a girl πŸ˜‰

  38. Benton says:

    Yum!! I Will be makimg this for new years eve.
    P.S. My sister made your orange rolls, monkey bread style, for Christmas brunch, um, om my goodness!! Those things disappeared in no time! so so good!

  39. Kim in MD says:

    Oh my…this looks amazing! Another “why didn’t I think of that?” moment! πŸ™‚

  40. Isn’t that a good idea! Happy New Year, Melanie. Have loved drooling over all of your wonderful posts this month. Have a good one!

  41. Angie Walker says:

    This is the perfect New Years Eve snack. I know what I’m taking to the party….thanks for sharing.

  42. Kayla says:

    One of my all time favorite recipes. LOVE it with pretzels!

  43. queenann says:

    Yes, yes. But isn’t this more sugar rush?

    What’s for dinner!?

  44. briarrose says:

    I have never seen a sweet cheese ball…what a fun idea for an appetizer.

  45. Jennifer H. says:

    The whole stick of butter is exactly why I haven’t made this yet – kept seeing the recipe, but just couldn’t do it! So glad you tinkered with it and came up with this version!! Can’t wait to try it!

  46. what a great easy and fun dessert (or appetizer:-))!

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