July 13, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Ball

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 C butter, softened
3/4 C powdered sugar
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t vanilla
3/4 C mini chocolate chips
Finely chopped pecans (you can buy them, they're called "gems")

Beat together cream cheese and butter. Beat in sugars and vanilla, and stir in chocolate chips. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator until workable (overnight works well). Shape into ball and roll in pecans (which I always omit because of Carson's allergies). It still will be sticky, so sometimes I just plop it on the platter or in a bowl and sprinkle the pecans on top. Serve with graham cracker sticks (plain, chocolate), teddy grahams, nilla wafers, etc.. This is a different kind of appetizer/dessert but is fun and yummy. It's more of a mingling dish, not a sit-down dessert.

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