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Peanut Butter Crunch Cheese Ball

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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.

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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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Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

22 comments on “Peanut Butter Crunch Cheese Ball”

  1. 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. This is what dreams are made of

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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.

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  12. 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…

  13. 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 :)

  14. 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!

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

  16. Wow! Every ingredient is yummy.

  17. 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?

  18. 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!

  19. 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?

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

    Cheryl

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