Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

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A delicious, sweet Cheese ball filled with Maraschino Cherries and mini Chocolate Chips! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!!

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

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I’m obsessed with maraschino cherries. Always have been! Actually my whole family is obsessed with those sweet cherries.

As I planned out some new Valentine’s Day treats, cherries always came to mind. If you scroll to the end of this post, you will see some of the delicious cherry flavored treats I’ve shared in the past!

Some people are crazy about peanut butter, or chocolate, or even mint…for me, it’s cherries. Sweet red maraschino cherries. I seriously snack on them right out of the jar!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball recipe

This dip is incredibly easy to make. You can serve it one of two ways. Whip it up, don’t coat it in mini chocolate chips, and just serve immediately in a bowl with crackers, pretzels, fruit, etc. OR, if you have a little time, make it the night before allowing it to firm up some so it can be rolled in mini chocolate chips. It’s still soft, but presentable!!

How to make a Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

In a large mixing bowl, beat your softened butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and some of the maraschino cherry juice. Beat until fully blended.

Fold in chopped maraschino cherries and mini chocolate chips.

Line a bowl with plastic wrap, drop your mixture into the bowl and bring up the sides of the plastic wrap to cover the top. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. When ready to serve, remove plastic wrap and invert cheese ball onto a plate. Press remaining mini chocolate chips around the top.

Or, serve in a bowl immediately and enjoy!

What to serve with sweet cheese balls

We love sweet cheese balls. And here’s where you can come up with lots of serving ideas.

Graham Crackers

Animal Crackers

Apple Slices

Pretzels

Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

What else would you use as a dipper? 

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

Love CHERRY desserts? Here are a few of my favorites…

cherry-chocolate-chip-shortbread-

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies: great use for those maraschino cherries!!

cherry buttercream

Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream…these melt in your mouth!

cherry-fudge

Cherry Fudge with Dark Chocolate: this is a hit every time I make it!

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Yield: serves 10-12

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

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!

Ingredients

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  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 1/2 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 1/2 cup mini chips into the cheeseball. Serve with graham crackers, animal cookies, apple slices, pretzels, etc!!

Notes

  • 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!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 272 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 29mg Sodium: 74mg Carbohydrates: 36g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 34g Protein: 2g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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

Recipe originally published January 19, 2014