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Peanut Butter Crunch Cheese Ball

Peanut Butter Crunch Cheeseball |

So…. do you Super Bowl??

My husband and I aren’t real big on socializing (uh… West-Wing-on-the-couch-in-our-sweats-every-single-night much?), but nearly every year we throw a big (by our standards anyway) Super Bowl party to celebrate my husband’s third favorite event of the year (Christmas, First Football Game of the Year, and the Super Bowl).

Back when we lived in Utah, we’d invite everyone that we knew and cram them into whichever tiny apartment we were living in at the time. It was always sort of a random hodge podge of a gazillion people from school, work, church, the apartment building, and anyone else we picked up along the way. And we seriously never had seats for everyone. I have no idea why people actually came year after year.

Peanut Butter Crunch Cheeseball |

It wasn’t for the desserts, I know that much. Because I never made desserts for the Super Bowl party.

Wait. Let that absorb for a minute.

Crazy right?! We would deep fry tacquitos and wings, serve nacho cheese and bean dip in crock pots, and pass around bag after bag of Doritos. But the only sweet stuff around would be the sole bag of peanut M&Ms that are requisite for me to get through any football event.

Seriously. Would it have really been too much to ask for me to through some cookie dough in the oven?!

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Anyway. All that is changing. Now that I’m 4 years deep into this dessert blog, I can see absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be making some sort of awesome dessert for the Super Bowl this year. I’ve been leaning towards Pecan Praline Bake Brie (because… OMG it’s bakedfreakingbrie! Right?!), but after experimenting with some cheese ball making… I think I might be leaning towards this Peanut Butter Crunch Cheese Ball.

Although, on a side note, who says I can’t make both??

It’s all the flavors and textures that I adore– chocolate, peanut butter, cream cheese, crunchy, creamy… I mean, does it really get any better??

As always, my favorite dippers are pretzels (then you can add salty to the adjective list!), but this would also be great with apples, graham crackers, or your finger! Enjoy :)

Peanut Butter Crunch Cheeseball

Yield: 8


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (Heath) or Nestle Buncha Crunch*
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips for coating


  1. In a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and peanut butter. Mix in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Mix in the vanilla and toffee bits (or Buncha Crunch).
  2. Spread two overlapping pieces of plastic cling wrap on a work surface (so they cling together to form one big sheet). Scrape the cream cheese mixture into the center of the plastic wrap. Bring up the edges of the plastic wrap around the cream cheese mixture to form a tightly wrapped ball.
  3. Refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Place chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Remove chilled cream cheese mixture from plastic wrap and place on top of the chocolate chips. Use your hands or a spatula to roll the ball in the chocolate chips and coat completely. Serve immediately or cover and chill until serving time.


The first time I made this, I tried using cocoa krispies as the "crunch" in the cheese ball. I LOVED it, but the krispies were soggy after an hour. However, you could use Buncha Crunch (Nestle, found in the candy aisle in most US grocery stores), and the chocolate coating would keep the krispies from getting soggy!


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22 Responses to “Peanut Butter Crunch Cheese Ball”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm (#)

    That sort of melty soft interior, oh that is heaven right there! Who needs savory superbowl-ish food when you can load up on this :)

  2. Emma posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:06 am (#)

    This is what dreams are made of

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:01 am (#)

    Milk chocolate, toffee bits, cream cheese AND peanut butter? I didn’t know so much yum could go into one sentence…until now.
    All over this cheese ball!

  4. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon posted on January 16, 2014 at 9:31 am (#)

    I could eat this whole thing with a spoon! Pinned!

  5. Nancy p.@thebittersideofsweet posted on January 16, 2014 at 10:17 am (#)

    You can definitely serve this any day in my opinion! Looks amazing!!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:19 am (#)

    Make both. Then invite me. I’d fly across country for both those dips…

  7. Karly posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:21 am (#)

    Dessert is always nearly forgotten during the Super Bowl for us, too. I usually manage to whip up some last minute sugary thing, but I’m way more focused on all the dip. And this dessert? Is also dip. Win!

  8. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:49 am (#)

    Make both … put them out after everybody has filled up on the Doritos … just to guarantee you get some! Pinning :)

  9. Mandy@Mandy's Recipe Box posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm (#)

    This looks insanely delicious! Maybe you could do an ALL Dessert Super Bowl Party. That would be my heaven.

  10. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on January 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm (#)

    I’ve made a peanut butter cheese ball before and it was a tremendous hit! Love thsi is one has crunchy bits of nuts and toffee included.

  11. Laurie Henson posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:14 am (#)

    This looks lovely!! What do you use to dip?? I’d like to consider it “finger” food but that would then limit it to just ME. oh….wait a minute…

  12. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:28 am (#)

    We are starting to plan our super bowl menu as well. Desserts aren’t the best fit for some reason. Not sure why. Love the idea of this sweet dessert cheese ball though. Its a dessert but also an appetizer. Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on January 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm (#)

    We’re not big on the Super Bowl but we both love the food and try to make it small event each year. Cheese balls are always a crowd pleaser and yours looks amazing!

  14. Nicole posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm (#)

    totally making this for the super bowl this year! already put the ingredients on my grocery list!

  15. Linda had a little Lamb posted on January 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm (#)

    Wow! Every ingredient is yummy.

  16. Carissa posted on February 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm (#)

    This looks stunning! Perfect for a Superbowl gathering. :) I was wondering, how long will it keep in the fridge? Specifically the filling. Could I make it (the filling) the evening before?

    • Ashton posted on February 2, 2014 at 1:23 am (#)


  17. Amy posted on February 3, 2014 at 11:59 am (#)

    Made this for Superbowl and it was a BIG hit. I made a double batch for our crowd, but it never hardened enough to form into a ball! So…I just mixed the bag of mini chocolate chips into the dip, put it in a decorative bowl, and served it up with chocolate animal crackers, mini vanilla wafers, and pretzels!

  18. Elyse posted on February 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm (#)

    Hi from Australia !
    We have footy here too but our big game is between two states
    Queensland and New South Wales it’s called State of Origin
    We usually spend this time with friends eating pizza and snacks
    So similar to what you Americans do. I’m just wondering
    What do you use to dip/eat the sweet cheese ball with?

    • Ashton posted on February 18, 2014 at 10:48 am (#)

      I like graham crackers, apples, and (my favorite) pretzels!

  19. cheryl posted on March 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm (#)

    OMG it was to die for…just thought it would be more firm..hard to roll into a ball.



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