Sweet Sunday - Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

I love sweets! It is a huge weakness, and I'm afraid I have passed this along to my children. Yesterday I made a Cookie Dough Cheese Ball for snacking on at an outdoor theater production we we attended of Le Mis (what a GREAT story, by the way). The cheese ball was so large that we only ate about half of it.

So, this afternoon, while it was storming and everyone was just laying around watching our Atlanta Braves wipe the floor with the Milwaukee Brewers, I brought out the leftover cheese ball. It was one of those moments where I think the children (and maybe their dad, too) would have wrestled each other to the floor if their share of the cheese ball was endangered. It was THAT good. In fact, Miss B said, "Mom, you have made a magic cheese ball. Once you take a bite you never want to stop eating!"

I neglected to take pictures, but trust me - it is very very good!

Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, finely chopped

Blend together first 3 ingredients until creamy; add powdered sugar and bron sugar, blending well. Fold in chocolate chips; cover and refrigerate 3-4 hours.

Shape dough into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. Roll in pecans before serving. Makes about 3 cups.

Enjoy! I hope you're having a "sweet" Sunday!

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