Buckeye “Cheese Ball”

College game day has finally arrived! My Ohio State Buckeyes are starting off the season at #18 with Urban Meyer as the new head coach. Unfortunately I will likely be unable to view our first game since it is only being televised on the Big Ten Network. It’s just Miami of OH anyway, shouldn’t be too exciting (or at least I would hope not). But the Alabama (2) vs. Michigan (8) game tonight is something worth watching. And as much as it pains me to cheer for the Wolverines, I think I have to being that they are Big Ten. Cheering for one’s rival team is better than a member of a rival conference, right?

Regardless of what game I am watching, peanut butter and chocolate treats are not far away. For week 1 of the season, I am sharing a “cheese ball” made of peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and coated with chocolate chips. This sweet, dessert-style cheese ball was a huge hit served with both graham crackers and apple slices. Whip it up and watch it disappear right before your eyes!

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BUCKEYE “CHEESE BALL”

Makes one cheese ball

Ingredients:

8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)

3 Tbsp packed brown sugar

1-1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, and/or apple slices for dipping

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until blended.
  2. Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap; bring up all four corners and twist tightly forming into a ball shape.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour 30 minutes or until firm enough to keep its shape. Place peanut butter and chocolate chips in flat dish. Remove plastic wrap from ball and roll ball into morsels to completely cover (leave a bare spot on top for the buckeye “eye” if desired), pressing morsels into the ball if necessary.
  4. Place ball on serving dish; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until almost firm. (Can be made ahead. If frozen overnight, thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.) Serve with graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, or apple slices for dipping or spreading.

Source: Adapted slightly from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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