Peanut Butter “Cheese Ball”

I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ve been obsessed with peanut butter lately. But I think I’ve finally satisfied my craving. I made this peanut butter cheese ball for a get together last weekend that ended up getting canceled at the last minute. My husband was out of town for an away game so that left me with this peanut butter cheese ball all alone. There was no one home to pull in the reigns or least make my conscience feel a little guilty as I devoured it.

The first time I tasted this was at game night at my friend Jenni’s house. I was training for a marathon and just completed one of my long runs that day so I was feeling like I had earned the right to eat whatever I wanted. So I did. I ate about half of the cheese ball…no joke.

If you are a peanut butter fan, you will love this. If you aren’t…we can’t be friends.
This is really kid friendly and what I did share of it with my kids, they loved eating with apple slices.

Freeze the peanut butter mixture in saran wrap to make a ball shape. After the ball has set up, roll it in the peanut butter and chocolate morsels.

Peanut Butter “Cheese Ball”

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • Graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, and/or apple slices for dipping

Instructions

  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, 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.

Notes

Source: my friend Jenni;

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  1. I have been obsessed with PB for…well, 10+ years. I must say, this is by far the best use of peanut butter I have seen in a good deal of time. Since I am training for my next marathon too, I do think this is a keeper!

  2. This sounds amazing! You definitely did deserve to eat half of this after your long run – it’s full of protein:-)….This is a keeper and a great alternative to the usual chocolate chip cheese ball…

  3. Oh YUMMY!

    Wish I had seen this the other day …. I would have made it for my birthday LOL!

    I think I need to have an appetizer get together or something and make all sorts of cheese balls, dips, etc!

  4. Oh dear Lord! Yes please! This has officially been ‘pinned’.

  5. YUMMY this looks amazing I already know I would eat way to much lol

    Ashley
    http://www.thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

  6. This is geniuuuuuus. I could totally polish off this whole thing myself. I love sweet dips!

  7. Ummmm hello. I drool.

    Your pics are incredible!

  8. When hearing “peanut butter cheese ball” I was at first a little disgusted but very curious… but now that I understand, this looks incredible! I’m sure I would eat half of it also.

  9. I LOVE this idea! I never thought of making a sweet “cheese ball”, I’ve only ever made savory ones. Thank you so much for sharing this–it sounds delicious and I think I will make it to share with my fellow faculty members next week when I’m in charge of snacks !

    • Look up Southern Living Magazine and put in Chocolate Chip Cheeseball. It’s to die for!! Serve it with chocolate graham crackers!

  10. This looks rich and yummy!

  11. I have just found your blog and I just love it. You can visit mine as well. xxx

  12. What a great idea! And really how could you not want to eat something coated in chocolate and peanut butter chips?

  13. Oh my goodness…this looks ideal for our get together this weekend. Thanks for the sinful idea! The Scooby crackers are so cute with it too.

  14. This looks SOOOO good. I need to find a reason to make this ASAP.

  15. Oh wow, this looks fantastic!

    I have a friend who makes a variety of cheese balls every Christmas, I need to send him this recipe, he’ll love it

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  16. My husband,who could eat peanut butter on TRULY anything will DIE when I make this. It will be my gift for the kick-off of college football this Saturday.

  17. Oh my, I think my dreams have come true! I can’t wait to make this. I, too, am obsessed with peanut butter. Except I’m not pregnant. But I am still breastfeeding so maybe that’s why! Thanks for sharing this peanut butter goodness!

  18. Omg omg omg omg. I love you for making this. It would totally satisfy any peanut butter craving… at least for the day O:-).

  19. I am a huge peanut butter lover myself and this looks like the perfect treat to satisfy that peanut butter craving!

  20. Sweet baby Jesus. That’s all. I’m done for.

  21. I am a PB FREAK!!! And this looks so good, I am making it this weekend.

  22. Aaaaaaand I die. I die of happiness and envy and lust all at the same time.

  23. That really does look scrumptious!

  24. This looks absolutely amazing. I do NOT need to be left alone in a room with one of these. Not under any circumstances.

  25. That looks like a perfect indulgent treat!

  26. are those dog treats!?!! haha!! this looks yummy =)

  27. This. Looks. Amazing.
    Found it on pinterest!!

  28. OMG, I so want to take this into a closet and be in seven minutes of heaven! Yep, me and this ball all alone. Drooling….

  29. Your recipe is clearly a hit!
    I was just browsing through, and it is being pinned over & over again on Pinterest!

  30. Oh Bless you for this!!!! I am 8 weeks pregnant with my first baby and cannot for the life of me figure out what I want to eat because 99% of food sounds repulsive and THEN like magic I saw this beautiful peanut butter creation and have faith that I can eat something delicious again!!! Thank you for this even if it makes me gain 10 pounds of un-related-to-pregnancy weight.

  31. Looks really good!
    But how come you shouldn’t use all-natural pb?

  32. Too good to be true!!

  33. My son would go ga-ga for this one! I made a similar ‘cheese’ ball that was cookie dough-ish, but I must admit that your pb ball looks WAY better!

  34. This is so clever! And dangerously addicting. I can just picture my friends and I sitting around this at the coffee table, and devouring it in no time flat. ;)

  35. Just found your site from a picture on Pinterest… you’re going on my side bar :) Love your site and your recipes look amazing :)

  36. Whoah! This. Is. Intense. I mean. Whoah. But it sure is tasty as hell! I have never mixed PB and cream cheese together. This would certainly make a kick-*ss frosting for chocolate cupcakes!

    Cheers,
    Tobias

  37. This looks absolutely amazing! And I love the idea of dipping apples too! What a perfect treat for my hubby and kiddo. So excited to make it this weekend! Thanks for posting!

  38. So super duper awesome. Love this whole idea! I posted a link at EdibleCrafts.CraftGossip.com :)

  39. Oh my!! I’m going to make this the next time i need to bring a dessert! Yummy ^_^

  40. @martinb, The ball is pretty soft after it’s been out a while so with natural peanut butter it would probably just be a gooey mess.

  41. I’ve taken one look at the first couple posts on your blog, noticed that every other recipe included some variation of chocolate or peanut butter, and have now decided that I officially am obsessed with your blog.

    I absolutely NEED to try that peanut butter cheese ball. That is absolutely genius.

    Can’t wait to find more inspiration!

    Brenda @ The Funky Junkie

  42. OMGosh!
    I love you.

  43. I saw this yesterday and just had to make it. Good thing we had a family gathering tonight. It was gobbled up. I’m glad I bought another bag of chocolate chips so I can make more to enjoy. I like that it’s not super peanut butter or super sweet, just absolutely delicious!

  44. so what is in the picture you are going to dip with?

    am I the only one who thinks they look like dog treats :-/ LOL

    other than that… it looks awesome!

    • I thought the same, so I scrolled down to see what everyone else was saying. Somebody said Scooby snacks ROTF. Looks like dog biscuits to me. Sorry I couldn’t get past that.

  45. I made this for a church dinner today, and it was a big hit. Very easy to put together, tasty too. I’m also thinking it would be simple to make this a chocolate PB cheese ball if you added cocoa in with the powdered sugar. It was excellent

  46. @T Byrd,
    YESSS! I hate that they look like dog treats. They are Scooby-Snacks – just cinnamon graham cracker sticks for kids. My grocery store was out of regular graham sticks. But like I said I really prefer apple slices the best for this ball.

  47. Brilliant AND yummy!!

  48. This looks great, but why no natural PB?

  49. @Melissa,
    The ball is pretty soft after it’s been out a while so with natural peanut butter it would probably just be a gooey mess just because natural peanut butter is pretty liquidy.

  50. Ohhhh my….this looks amazing. I could see us leaving this in the fridge and sneaking bites of it for snacks…breakfast….dessert…whatever. :) Thanks for the recipe!!

  51. I just made the peanut butter cheese ball! It is for a friends surprise party, she is going to love it! She is ga-ga over Pb!

  52. I made this last night for a party and everybody went wild for it. Thanks!!

  53. I am speechless. This looks amazing. I can’t wait for an excuse to make this asap!

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  55. This recipe is good and easy! I want to encourage my grandkids to like to work with food as much as I do and this is a recipe for the job! After I made it, I let my 7 year old grandson make it!

  56. There’s a mega foodie grocery store in Cincinnati that makes a PB cheeseball, and every time I’m in town, I make a special trip there to buy it (and a few other things too!). For this recipe, I will be my childrens’ hero, and you will be mine…

    Christine

  57. There is no life without peanut butter! I could not have that little jewel in my house!

  58. How long will this keep in the fridge once its made up?? I would like to make this ahead for a party . Thanks

  59. I just reread the recipe- could I just leave it in the freezer a few days, thaw slightly so that i can roll it in the chips…do you think it would survive the freezing??

  60. @debcom,
    I definitely think that would work and would survive the freezing.
    Christy

  61. Re-blogged this!
    Thanks for this little slice of heaven! It was a hit at my party.
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  62. I just made this this morning and my daughter loved it. I just used semi sweet chocolate chips. I didnt have peanut butter chips but it is really good. BTW I like the look of the Scooby treats :)

  63. I’m kind of freaking out at how insane this looks! Cannot wait to serve this at a party!

  64. So cute! subverting expectations!

  65. I made this and it was so good! I just posted it on my “Your Recipe- My Kitchen” post today – stop by and see!

  66. This was absolutely delicious! I had friends over and this was the perfect dipping dessert :) Thanks for posting something so yummy!

    notevenclosetomartha.blogspot.com

  67. This is soo yummy! I made this for the girls who helped me make my wedding invitations and it was gone! sooo yummy :) Thanks!!

  68. Made this for my office for National Chocolate Chip Day yesterday. Wow! Loved it and so did everyone else! I sent at least five people to your site. LOVE, LOVE this recipe!

  69. Saw this on Pinterest.com and im in the process of making it right now! Waiting for it to harden in the freezer, soooo easy and im sure it will be delicious! My husband and kids are going to love it!

  70. If there’s peanut allergies in our house, can we use almond or sunflower butter instead?

  71. @Anonymous,
    I don’t think the almond butter or sunflower butter would maintain the shape of the cheese ball enough. I think the ball would be runny. I could be wrong though!

  72. I made this last weekend and I am still getting texts a week later for the recipe!!! It was so gooooood

  73. After the cheeseball is “set” is it okay to just keep it in the fridge before serving?

  74. @anonymous,
    Yes after the ball has set it’s perfectly fine in the fridge.

  75. I made this and it was a BIG hit for our 4th of July picnic!!
    thanks much
    michon

  76. this would be wonderful made into individual little balls rolled in different things as a bite size appetizer at parties! I wonder how yummy it would be rolled in Heath Bar crumbles

    Love
    Jeannie

  77. Do you use semi-sweet chocolate chips on this?

  78. @Anonymous,
    I’ve made it with both milk chocolate chips and other times with semi-sweet. I think it’s personal preference but in the picture it’s semi-sweet chocolate chips.

  79. It’s absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  80. just made it today, ,it is amazing, I put half with the chips on the outside, and the other half I put heath bar on , its great.

  81. Brilliant. I must make this.

  82. I used nutella and white chocolate chips instead of butterscotch. My kids love apple slices for dipping. Great recipe.

  83. Because I really like the taste they bring to sweet dishes, I’m going to combine butterscotch chips with the chocolate and p’butter ones; can only make an already fabulous treat even more so, hm?

  84. i was wondering, after the cheeseball is frozen, you say rollit im pb and morcels.. do you put the pb on it first then put the morcels on??? or combine them together and roll it on?

  85. I went out and bought the stuff to make this, but didn’t read where it said not to get natural pb and that’s what I got. any reason why not?

  86. i am not a “fan” of peanut butter but i do like this on apple slices.

  87. crystal cochran says:

    I just to say they look so quick & easy ,but most of all you already have what you need. I know so of the things even a child could do . Thanks christy

  88. Fabulous. Going to try this with vegan cream cheese and Wowbutter (roasted soy butter) that’s a school-safe alternative to peanutbutter. Gotta omit the peanutbutter chips to be safe for all the peanut and tree nut allergy folks. Should be wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  89. This was brought to our family Christmas party and it was AMAZING. I would definitely go with the graham sticks though. Tried it with regular round Ritz crackers and it takes the sweetness away. YUMMY!

  90. OMG I may just switch it up and do peanut butter, chocolate and BUTTERSCOTCH chips to roll it in…Hells yes!!!

  91. This is PERFECT for my 2-year old’s puppy-themed birthday party! Thank you for mentioning where you got the dog-bone graham crackers. I’ll have to be on the lookout for those!

  92. I just Made this cheese ball it is delishious. the bones on the plate in the picture are graham cracker Scooby- snacks .

  93. Wow this website is soooo cool

  94. Thanks for awesome recipe! I made this for teacher appreciation day at my son’s school this week and it was a huge hit! This recipe is a keeper for sure!

  95. I took this to a party. People liked it okay, but instead of being intrigued by the ball aspect, they were weirded out.

  96. Jif natural pb is not runny like the natural pb that you get in the natural and organic food section. Will it work ok? Or do I need to make a special trip to the store for something else?
    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out :)

  97. I’ve had this peanut butter ball pinned for.ever and I’ve finally justified a reason to indulge! My mom and I are hosting a party this summer for my brother’s graduation and since he’s a HUGE peanut butter fan, I know he’ll love this. It will go great with the lobster pinata filled with pb candy that his girlfriend is bringing! lol

  98. Ugonwa Iloanusi says:

    You are an insane woman!!! This is my first time on your site and I love it. I am absolutely inspired !! Adventurous and absolutely gorgeous food….*drools a little*….*ok a lot*

  99. This is blowing my mind.

  100. Rayraystrappy says:

    I made this for a Super Bowl party and it was a hit. So easy to make and delicious accompanying all those other flavors you may find at a Super Bowl party. We had some leftover for the next day and used it as a spread on toasted sourdough and it was insanely good – so if you try this be careful because I couldn’t stop eating it. I used mini m&ms and decided not to use peanut butter m&ms because I thought it may be too sweet. We also used honey wheat pretzels sticks to dip because we wanted something that wouldn’t break when you dipped it in. Thank you for the recipe and making my life even sweeter!

  101. I love peanut butter, especially Jif. If I need something sweet, I will put peanut butter in a bowl and put syrup in it and stir it up. Sometimes I will put it on bread like that or eat it right out of the bowl. Or just give me a spoon and a jar of Jif and I need nothing but something to drink with it. Made the peanut butter cake once but lost the recipe.

  102. What crackers are pictured? Are those graham cracker sticks? Love this idea. Catering for a veterinary technician graduation! Perfect!

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  104. I had this yesterday at a birthday party for my 2 year old great-great-niece and it was wonderful with apple slices. I am tell you; if my daddy were alive, he would just eat it with a spoon. He put peanut butter on just about everything.