Treat of the Week: Chocolate Dipped Cheese Balls

Sometimes things go wrong.  Sometimes that’s hard for me to manage.  I have a fairly sunny disposition and try not to let things get me down.  Take for example, today’s post.  The treat is delicious and should not be at all foreshadowed by the following, but the photo shoot was riddled with problems.  The biggest problem was that after I had what I considered to be a reasonable group of photos from which to choose, I deleted them all.  I can’t even explain how.

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So I gathered up the treats that had not been eaten and rushed back to the workshop to take some more pictures.  Unfortunately, it is too late for the process pictures.  Despite all of that, here you will find a very delicious treat that is quite simple.  It will take some freezer time, though... plan appropriately.

A friend once told me that there are few things in life that can’t be improved by covering them in chocolate. I wonder...

savour... chocolate-dipped

Get the rest after the jump...

Chocolate Dipped Cheese Balls

Before you start:

The center is softer than cheesecake and reminds me more of a cream cheese truffle.

You might choose to dip in nuts or other candy topping before the chocolate sets up completely.

The ingredients:

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese - softened
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 vanilla
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup ground graham crackers

Dipping Chocolate

You can make this by hand (1/2 teaspoon shortening for each ounce of chocolate) or purchase dipping chocolate from the store.  I took the shortcut today.

The method:

  1. Mix softened cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until well combined.
  2. Add zest, vanilla, and sugars.  Mix again until well combined.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Place in freezer for at least an hour or overnight.
  5. Scoop into even sized balls and roll into crushed graham crackers.
  6. Roll into uniform ball and place on parchment on a small baking sheet.
  7. Place graham cracker coated balls back in freezer to set (about 2 hours).
  8. When set prepare the dipping chocolate by hand or as instructed on the package.
  9. Push skewer or popsicle stick into each ball and dip into dipping chocolate.
  10. Keep in the refrigerator.
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