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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

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.
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29 comments on “Cookie Dough Cheese Ball”

  1. What a festive treat for the holidays, this looks like an instant party hit!

  2. Dera Liz, your Cookie Dough Cheese Ball has Christmas written all over it – what a colorful and fun recipe!

  3. Oh my goodness, this looks awesome! What a scrumptious treat! Perfect for holiday celebrating.

  4. I remember seeing this float through my fb feed over the last few days and it utterly tempting!!! And seriously, you do so much, I don’t know how you find the time to knit. I’ve tried and given up twice. On to crochet 🙂

  5. Your red and green candy garnish inspires lots of possibilities for other occasion. My challenge would be not picking off a candy or two here and there.

  6. I’m loving this sweet twist on the traditional savory cheese ball! And I had no idea you and Kate were friends in real life 🙂

  7. I never thought about making a sweet cheese ball but this must have brought a smile to every face.

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