Butterscotch Cheese Ball

Shape this Butterscotch Cheese Ball into a basketball and you’ve got the perfect March Madness dessert!

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This Butterscotch cheese ball is loaded with flavor and perfect for #marchmadness. Not a fan of basketball? Skip the chocolate lines and enjoy the treat!

I hate sports. No really I think I do. Except for the sports that my kids are involved in, I have no desire to sit in front of the tv and watch grown men run up and down a basketball court.

Of all the sports to watch, it’s seriously one of my least favorite.

But I know so many people who love it. AND they love March Madness. I’m not going to even pretend that I know how to make a bracket, or that I care anything about it…

However, I love you all. My readers. And when I shared this football themed cheese ball, one of you suggested I attempt making a basketball version.

Game on. Haha!! I love all your great ideas, tips and trick, and recipe suggestions! So today, I’ve got a Basketball themed treat. The first one ever on Shugary Sweets!

This Butterscotch cheese ball is loaded with flavor and perfect for #marchmadness. Not a fan of basketball? Skip the chocolate lines and enjoy the treat!

The real decision was, what flavor to make? I knew I wanted butterscotch on the outside, but would that be too much inside? The answer is no. I mixed up the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and added in a little brown sugar and some butterscotch ice cream topping. You can totally use caramel in it’s place, but for the sake of keeping things real buttery and smooth, I chose the butterscotch. I also added in some butterscotch chips to the mixture.

The key to getting your cheese ball to firm up, is to refrigerate it. Since you are starting with softened ingredients, you want to firm them up again. My trick is to line a small 4 cup bowl with plastic wrap. Drop the ingredients in the bowl, and cover with more plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but overnight works great too.

When it’s ready, unwrap the cheese ball and place it on a small plate. Using the plastic wrap, squish it down into a flat circle. Then take your butterscotch chips and press them into the top and sides of the cheese ball. Melt your chocolate chips and place them into a ziploc bag. Snip off the corner and pipe on your lines. Voila! Serve with pretzels and Nilla wafers. Or grahams. Or apples. ENJOY!

This Butterscotch cheese ball is loaded with flavor and perfect for #marchmadness. Not a fan of basketball? Skip the chocolate lines and enjoy the treat!

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Yield: serves 8-10

Butterscotch Cheese Ball

Prep Time 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp butterscotch sauce (ice cream topping)
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ cup butterscotch morsels, divided
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels, optional for basketball


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fully blended. Add butterscotch sauce and sugars, and beat until combined. Add in ½ cup butterscotch morsels.
  2. Line a small bowl (about a 4 cup size) with plastic wrap. Drop the cheese ball mixture into the bowl and wrap it up. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove plastic wrap and place cheese ball on a small plate. Press down and shape into a 6-7 inch circle.
  4. Press remaining 1 cup butterscotch morsels into the top and sides of cheese ball. Melt chocolate morsels in a small bowl, in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Place chocolate in a small ziploc bag. Snip off the corner and pipe thick lines on the cheese ball to make it look like a basketball (optional).
  5. ENJOY with pretzels, animal cookies, nilla wafers or graham crackers.

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This Butterscotch cheese ball is loaded with flavor and perfect for #marchmadness. Not a fan of basketball? Skip the chocolate lines and enjoy the treat!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 22, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. Love it! So cute and butterscotch rocks! I’m not a huge basketball fan, but our team is #2 in the country at the moment so everyone is really getting into it 🙂

  2. I puffy heart love butterscotch, so I love that you created a cheeseball with it. I might be able to handle some sports as long as I had this cheeseball and some pretzels to keep me entertained!!!

  3. mmm, T love butterscotch! I don’t use butterscotch chips often enough. I have been know to let a few fall into my pancake batter from time to time…. 😉 Pinned!

  4. This is too cute! I HATE watching sports, but if there is enough sugar and cream cheese involved, I think I could get into anything! Pinned 🙂

  5. This is so cute! I don’t hate sports, but I love cooking and baking SO MUCH MORE 🙂 If it’s between watching the game and fussing in the kitchen, I’ll always choose the latter.

  6. Butterscotch! This is so cute! Would seriously snack on this – might not share, well maybe just a little! Love this!

  7. Even I, miss Anti-Sports, would watch basketball if it meant eating this cheeseball. HEAVEN!! And BTW, fun fact – I played basketball for three years and I still don’t like it! Haha.

  8. I love all of your cheese ball recipes and this butterscotch one looks fantastic! Basketball isn’t one of my favorites either but I’d gladly watch the game with this cheese ball nearby.

  9. This cheese ball looks fantastic, Aimee! Such a creative way to sneak in some butterscotch. Pinned!

  10. Well, this is the cutest thing I’ve seen all morning (other than my puppies of course)! You’re such a good sport for making March Madness themed treats, even if you don’t necessarily like basketball. I enjoy a baseball game on a warm summer night or a Sunday afternoon football game occasionally. However, I enjoy eating more! Horrah to butterscotch cheese balls!

  11. I’m so with you on basketball, Aimee. I get so tired watching those sweaty men running around. Aren’t they worn out? Wouldn’t they rather be hanging out watching Netflix somewhere on a comfy couch?
    If I’m at a March Madness party, you can bet I’m parked next to this cheese ball. Not even gonna pretend I’m there for any other reason. Butterscotch is the BEST.

  12. Best cheeseball ever!! I love butterscotch and between the butterscotch sauce and the butterscotch chips and the cream cheese, I would hog this 🙂

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