Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball makes a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert! This easy sweet cheese ball recipe is full of juicy maraschino cherries and covered with chocolate chips.

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball- a delicious twist on a classic sweet cheeseball recipe!

Why this Recipe is Best

No one can resist chocolate and cherries. When you combine them with a rich cream cheese base, you get a luscious dip perfect for scooping with graham crackers.

  • Cherry Cheese Ball is a quick and easy dessert or appetizer.
  • It comes together in no time with just 6 ingredients!
  • You can make this recipe as a cheese ball OR a dip.
  • Maraschino cherries make it beautifully colorful!

Ingredient Notes

You only need a handful of ingredients for this Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball recipe.

  • Cream cheese – Let it soften on the counter for a few minutes first.
  • Butter – I prefer using unsalted butter in this cheese ball recipe.
  • Maraschino Cherries – You will need both the cherries themselves and some of the juice from the jar.
  • Powdered sugar – For sweetness and a smooth texture.
  • Chocolate chips – We used mini chocolate chips. The smaller size makes them easier to scoop up!

Tips and Tricks

How to make this cheese ball recipe as a dip:

  • Beat together all of the ingredients as directed in the recipe card.
  • Fold in the maraschino cherries and just half of the chocolate chips.
  • Now you can transfer the dip to a serving bowl and enjoy right away. No extra steps required.

How to make cherry cheese ball:

  • If you want to make this as a cheese ball as pictured, line a mixing bowl with plastic wrap. Transfer the cheese ball dip into the bowl.
  • Wrap the plastic wrap around the dip to form a ball.
  • Refrigerate the cheese ball over night. When you’re ready to serve the cherry chocolate chip cheese ball, unwrap it and invert it onto a serving platter.
  • Cover the top of the cheese ball with the rest of the chocolate chips. Serve and enjoy!
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball recipe

Recipe FAQs

What can I serve with a chocolate chip cheese ball?

This cheese ball tastes great with all kinds of dippers. Serve it with graham crackers, pretzels, animal crackers, or wafer cookies! Fruit slices are a tasty choice too.

How can I get the cheese ball to hold its shape?

Make sure you give the cheese ball enough time to chill. I recommend chilling for at least 8 hours. If it’s still too soft, don’t worry: you can serve it as a dip instead of a cheese ball! Still delicious.

Can I use fresh cherries instead?

I have not tasted this with fresh cherries but you could certainly try it! The flavor will be different as fresh cherries do not have added almond flavor and sweeteners. The color will not be as pink with out the added maraschino juice either.

How long does homemade cheese ball keep?

Depending on how fresh your cream cheese is, this cherry chocolate chip cheeseball stays good in the fridge for 3 -4 days. Make sure to keep it chilled and tightly covered when you’re not eating it.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

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Yield: serves 12

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

A delicious, sweet Cheese ball filled with Maraschino Cherries and mini Chocolate Chips!


  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Add cherry juice and powdered sugar until fully blended. Fold in chopped cherries and ½ cup mini chocolate chips.
  2. At this point you can either serve immediately...or continue on to make as a cheeseball. For the cheeseball, line a rounded bowl with plastic wrap. Pour mixture into bowl, bringing up sides of plastic wrap to cover the top. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, invert cheeseball onto serving plate and press remaining ½ cup mini chips into the cheeseball. Serve with graham crackers, animal cookies, apple slices, pretzels, etc!!


  • Having made this several times, it occasionally comes out too soft to set up. I have yet to figure out the rhyme or reason why sometimes it's soft, and sometimes it sets up fine. When it it too soft, rolling it in chocolate chips does help! Or putting it in a bowl and serving as a dip works too!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 2g

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball colorful, sweet and easy-to-make treat for Valentine’s Day or any occasion!

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About Aimee

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Posted on January 9, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I just made this. Needless to say very disappointed. I followed this to a T, added my juice as directed came out extremely liquidy. If I make it again I will not put the juice in.

    1. Sorry to hear that. Did you allow it time in fridge to set up? Hopefully you were still able to enjoy as a dip instead of a cheeseball then?

  2. I LOVED the taste of this but there was no amount of fridge time that made mine set up like yours. Then I looked over the ingredients and realized this is basically my recipe for cream cheese frosting and all made sense. In all sincerity, how on earth did yours set up all pretty. Regardless, eating it out of a bowl was not a sad situation. YUMMY is an understatement!!!

    1. I was just coming on to see what I might have done wrong as mine is still very soft and has been in the fridge for a day. I’m afraid I’m going to put it on a plate to serve it and it’s just going to flop. Very yummy though!

      1. I have made these several times now, and for whatever reason 2 of the 5 times it came out soft, like you have said. I can’t figure out what was different (maybe beating it too long? maybe extra juicy cherries???). The first time, I filled a bowl with the chocolate chips, dropped the dip into the bowl and covered it with more chips. Using my hands I patted it into a ball and it worked. The second time it was too soft and I served it in a bowl. Delicious, but way soft!! Sorry.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cheese ball! Maraschino cherries are my favorite EVER…sometimes I order a shirley temple just to eat the cherries! LOL This would make a very cute appetizer for a V-Day party. Pinned!

  4. This could very well be the prettiest cheeseball I’ve ever seen! 😀 Love the colors and flavors, Aimee! So perfect for V-day coming up.

  5. I’m pretty much obsessed with peanut butter but I am also a huge fan of the maraschino cherries! I eat them right out of the jar and could eat the whole jar if I didn’t control myself! Great recipe, Aimee! Pinned and sharing on social media. 🙂

  6. Cherries!! I LOVE them!! I think I need to try every single recipe you have here. The shortbread cookies looks fabulous…. and the fudge. Oh that fudge… superb. Wonderful post! 🙂

  7. I saw this “Trackback” on Jocelyn’s site and had to come see your version! Both versions are SO pretty, and unique!! I love all this red, pink and white for V-Day. Oh, and those cherry shortbread bars you have pictured up above look AMAZING!! Going to check those out right now!!

  8. Looks SO good! I could totally eat that for breakfast. It has fruit in it, so it would be OK – right?

  9. So cute that you and Jocelyn did similar things! They both look equally delicious and I need to make ’em both!
    I have actually never made a cheeseball, but there is a first time for everything! Especially when that first times includes chocolate and cherries!

    1. Jocelyn is adorable, and so is her food and photos!!! I think you totally need to give this dip/cheeseball a try.

  10. I guess the hard part would actually be trying to decide what to eat with this dip! Maybe just a spoon? haha.

  11. I love that our brain thinks the same on desserts! Your cheese ball is amazing looking! I love all the extra chocolate chips on the outside!!!

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