Turtle Cheeseball

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Turtle Cheeseball – If you’re looking for a sweet cheese ball recipe, you’re in the right place. With caramel, pecans and chocolate chips, this is a great dip to serve with apples, animal crackers or grahams.

Love chocolate and caramel? Be sure to try our turtle brownies, turtle fudge, and homemade turtles too.

Turtle Cheeseball: caramel, pecans and chocolate chips around a sweet cheeseball

What is a Turtle Cheese Ball?

Whenever we entertain I love to serve a combination of salty and sweet treats. And while guacamole, jalapeno dip, and queso are all delicious choices, sometimes, a sweet dip is equally important.

A cheese ball is a cheese based dip, usually cream cheese or another soft cheese variety, served–you guessed it–in the shape of a ball. (like our chipped beef cheeseball and our ham and pineapple cheeseball).

Surrounded by a wreath of crackers, cheese balls are designed to be shared with a crowd.

It has the signature pecans and chocolate along with two forms of caramel–caramel pieces and thick caramel sauce.

You can serve it as an appetizer or alongside dessert for an after dinner treat. (After-tizer? I’ll work on that one.)

Turtle Cheeseball: caramel, pecans and chocolate chips around a sweet cheeseball

Sweet Turtle Cheese Ball Recipe

Here’s what you need to make Turtle Cheese Ball:

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Caramel pieces – I used Kraft caramel baking bits because they’re the perfect size.
  • Caramel sauce – Caramel ice cream topping works great or use our homemade caramel sauce or butterscotch sauce!
  • Chopped pecansToast the pecans for best flavor!
  • Mini chocolate chips

Today’s recipe is easy to put together. You can make it the day before if you’d like and keep it in the fridge.

To serve the dip: Place on the center of a serving platter surrounded by your choice of dippers. You can also serve the ball on the center of a plate with the dippers in separate bowls on the side.

What to serve with a sweet cheese ball

  • Pretzels, apple slices, and animal crackers are a few of my favorite vehicles for scooping up this dip.
  • For even more sweetness, crunchy cookies would be delicious. Think Biscoff cookies, shortbread or even Oreos. Of course it’s great spread onto graham crackers too!
  • Our baked cinnamon sugar tortilla chips are also perfect, as are salty homemade bagel chips!

If you like a combination of sweet and salty tastes, try scooping the turtle cheese ball with Ritz crackers. (It tastes a bit like those Ritz cracker cookies but with caramel. Amazing!)

How to store cheese ball

You can make this up to a day in advance and keep wrapped in plastic in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. If you end up with leftovers, rewrap what’s left in plastic to maintain the ball shape and keep in the fridge. Enjoy the leftovers within one day.

Turtle Cheeseball: caramel, pecans and chocolate chips around a sweet cheeseball

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Turtle Cheeseball

4.39 from 18 votes
By: Aimee
An easy, sweet Turtle Cheeseball recipe with caramel, pecans and chocolate chips! A great dip to serve with apples, animal crackers or grahams.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1 package cream cheese, softened 8 ounce
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons caramel sauce I used caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar packed
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips divided
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup caramel bits I used Kraft
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  • In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with butter until fully blended. Add caramel sauce and sugar and beat until combined. Add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
  • Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on counter. Drop cheeseball onto plastic wrap and cover cheeseball completely. Once covered, shape into a ball. Refrigerate for one hour.
  • In a bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips, pecans and caramel bits. Unwrap cheeseball and roll into bowl of chocolate chip mixture. Press toppings gently into the cheeseball.
  • Rewrap in plastic wrap (a new piece) and refrigerate until ready to serve! ENJOY.


  • If you can’t find the Kraft Caramel Bits, you can use Werther’s caramels or Kraft Caramels and chop them up!


Calories: 210kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 53mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
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This sweet cheese ball recipe with all the components of turtle candy is sure to steal the spotlight next time you entertain!

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Posted on November 25, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. This looks gorgeous and sounds delicious! I think I will be adding a sweet cheese ball to our holiday menu this year!

  2. I made this for Thanksgiving today. I cannot wait to have my family try it. I doubled the recipe and it made a HUGE batch – I will admit, about 1/4th of it was left at home! 🙂 It is AMAZING!

  3. soooo….what happens if I eat this entire cheeseball on my own? Will I then turn into a cheeseball as well?

    I guess it’s a risk I’ll have to take! 😀

  4. I have never had a cheeseball- I think I need to change that! This would be the recipe to– all that caramel and chocolate and cream cheese… HEAVEN!!

  5. Can’t wait to make this cheeseball for the holidays! But the graham crackers shown in the picture, where can I find this kind? All we seem to have around my neck of the woods are the usual box of rectangles. Thanks for the recipe and the name of the crackers!!

    1. Hi Janice, those are graham sticks. I’m not sure which brand makes them! Teddy Grahams would also be a fun “dipper” or Nilla wafers too!! ENJOY!

    1. Yeah, it’s a great treat to have for the weekend. Just wrap it up if it’s not finished and serve it the next day!! I sometimes squish it back into a ball too 🙂

  6. I bet this cheese ball is delicious! Love having an appetizer to snack on while waiting for dinner 🙂

  7. I have a sneaking suspicion that I would devour that entire cheese ball before anyone else even had a chance! Yum!!!

  8. What do you suggest to use to dip into the cheese ball? This will be the first one I’ve ever made and served! I’m really excited to make it at my inlaws for new years.

  9. I saw this on Pinterest and about fell out of my chair. This sounds beyond amazing! I can totally see me dipping my way through the entire thing! Everything about this sounds delicious. Pinning!

  10. So I am thinking I need to add this to my holiday appetizer list! I have never had a sweet cheese ball before and this looks amazing!!

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