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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

I found this recipe in The Blue Willow Inn Bible of Southern Cooking.  The recipe book was either a gift from my Mother or bestest friend, George Ann.  The Blue Willow Inn Restaurant is a Greek revival mansion in Social Circle, Georgia.  They serve country cooking with southern hospitality.  I haven't been there but I hope to go one day.  When I found the recipe, I began to remember that I had this cheese ball somewhere at sometime and it dawned on me that my co-worker, Sonia, had made this and brought it to work for us to try.  It is delicious with graham crackers.

                                              Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

1 - 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1 stick real butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
3/4 cup miniature milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Graham Crackers

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy.  Gradually add both the confectioners' and light brown sugar and beat until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Place the cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Shape into a ball.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.  Just before serving, roll the cheese ball in the pecans.  Serve with Graham Crackers, regular or chocolate.

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