Very Merry Cheese Balls


Monster Cookie Dough Dip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup oats (regular or quick)
1 cup miniature plain M&Ms
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix cream cheese through oats together in a medium bowl until well combined. Spread the M&M’s and mini chocolate chips out on a plate. Form the mixture into a ball using your hands and roll in the M&M’s and chocolate chips. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. Serve with graham crackers, animal crackers, or vanilla wafers.



Beef and Onion Cheese Ball
2 packages cream cheese
5 green onions, green part only, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped roast beef
1/2 to 1 t. garlic powder
2-3 T. Worcestershire sauce
salt, to taste
chopped nuts for rolling, optional
crackers for serving

In a large bowl add the cream cheese, green onion, roast beef, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce (add the smaller amounts of the garlic powder and Worcestershire). Using your clean hands, blend everything together really well. The heat from your hands really helps to work everything together. Taste with the crackers you are using. Add salt if needed and more Worcestershire or garlic powder as needed. Taste again and adjust accordingly.

To make mini cheese balls, take a handful of the cream cheese mixture and pat it into a ball about the size of your fist. Place ball on a plate and repeat until you have used all of your mixture. You should get about 8 balls. Roll each ball in nuts if you choose then wrap and plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

To make a party-sized cheese ball, scrape as much of the cream cheese mixture as you can from the bowl into your hands. Pat and roll in between your hands to form a ball. Roll in nuts if you are going to, reshape, and then wrap in plastic wrap. Let it firm up in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.


Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball
2 packages cream cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 T. dill weed
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 T. chives (fresh or freeze dried), optional
Salt to taste
1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and finely crumbled

Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, spices, and 1/3 of a cup of crumbled bacon together in a medium bowl until well combined. Taste with a cracker and adjust seasonings as needed and add salt if desired. Spread the remaining crumbled bacon out on a plate. Form the cheese mixture into a ball using your hands and roll in the bacon crumbles. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. Serve with your favorite crackers.


Pineapple Cheese Ball
2 packages cream cheese
1 small can crushed pineapple, well drained
Chopped nuts for rolling, optional

In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese and well drained pineapple, mix until well combined. Form the cheese mixture into a ball using your hands and roll in the chopped nuts if desired. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. Serve with your favorite crackers.

*This one sounds boring but it is always a crowd-pleaser!
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