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Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

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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!

The Recipe: Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

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

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 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. Whip in the brown sugar and powdered sugar. Stir in the chocolate morsels. 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. 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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28 comments on “Cookie Dough Cheese Ball”

  1. Yum – I have a very similar recipe and it’s always a huge hit. Your’s looks so pretty with the red and green M&Ms. Must make this again soon.

  2. Meeting you and Kate was such a highlight for me last year. I’m jealous that the two of you have been able to establish such a wonderful relationship. You made an awesome choice too. Doug could make a meal on cookie dough so I know he’d be all over this one!

  3. Mmmmm…..will definitely have to give this a try! I shared with my daughter who has an “ugly sweater” party coming up!

  4. What a fun looking dish! Someone commented that it looks like Christmas, and I so agree. Definitely on our list of stuff to make — thanks.

  5. A colleague makes this and I have to say it is sublime, but you can only have so much of the stuff. A student recently told me that she used the same recipe to make truffles. She scooped out balls, froze them for a bit, and then (drum roll), dipped them in chocolate! 🙂 Happy Holidays, Liz.

  6. I love it, colorful, easy to make, great for working with the kids.

  7. Looks fun! Looks like Christmas.. 🙂

  8. It looks so cute and I am sure it tasted heavenly! I would praise it too!

  9. Very festive Liz:@)

  10. This is such an easy recipe but so stunning in presentation! Definitely a worthy dessert to serve after a Christmas party!

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