A cookie dough cheese ball makes the perfect holiday dessert! This simple, 5-ingredient dessert recipe makes a lightly sweetened cream cheese ball covered with festive chocolate candies.

Cookie Dough Cheese Ball covered with holiday colored M & M's

Festive Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

I brought this holiday treat to my knitting group. Within minutes, the swooning began, the recipe was discussed and the mound of sweetness began to disappear. Kate mentioned how her friends adore this recipe, too. She had it decked out in a coat of chopped pecans, but since it’s December, I grabbed my bag of holiday colored M&M’s and created a Christmas version. It’s a breeze to make, just combine softened cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar and some mini-chocolate chips. I added a splash of vanilla extract, too. Kate served hers with animal crackers, but any plain cookie or shortbread will do.


Overhead Cookie Dough Cheese Ball on a white geometric plate

Blogger CLUE

It’s the second Wednesday of the month and that mean’s it’s Blogger CLUE Day. I knew I’d find the perfect recipe on my assigned blog. I think the hubby was the biggest fan of all—there was just a wee bit left in the fridge and he would not let me dispose of it. A winner all around. Thanks, Kate!!!

Check out all the other Blogger CLUE celebratory recipes this month:

Find Kate’s recipe on her blog, Kate’s Kitchen.

Cookie Dough Cheese Ball with a scoop removed to reveal the interior

Cookie Dough Cheese Ball | A spectacular dessert cheese ball decked out for the holidays!

Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings

A dessert cheeseball perfect for any occasion! From Kate's Kitchen.


  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 c butter, at room temperature
  • 3 T dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c mini chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 c finely chopped pecans (or use M&M's)
  • Animal crackers, Biscoff cookies or graham crackers


  1. Whip the cream cheese and butter.
  2. Beat in the brown sugar and powdered sugar.
  3. Stir in the chocolate morsels.
  4. Chill for several hours. I did mine overnight. Then, mold into a ball and roll in the finely chopped pecans or cover with M&M's.
  5. Serve with dippers of your choice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g


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